Senior Manager, Detection & Response - San Francisco

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About The Role

We are seeking a seasoned Manager of Detection & Response with hands-on D&R and AppSec experience, and at least 2 years in a leadership role. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in high-growth, cloud-native companies, embodying a pragmatic, risk-focused approach to security. This role requires a leader with a solid technical foundation in scalable security solutions, exceptional communication skills, and a product-focused mindset. The candidate should prefer collaboration over strict mandates, demonstrating prowess in hiring, coaching, and developing a top-tier team. The successful applicant will advance our D&R capabilities, identify and mitigate gaps within our security framework, and ensure our team is well-prepared to respond to security incidents effectively.

What You'll Do

  • Guide and develop the Detection & Response team, ensuring they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to manage security events and contribute to strategic security initiatives effectively.
  • Persist in offering training and mentorship to the Detection & Response team as needed, fostering skill development and operational excellence.
  • Advance the maturity of our Detection & Response capabilities to ensure rapid and effective responses to genuine threats.
  • Manage and improve the Detection & Response tooling ecosystem and ensure it can scale with the needs of the business.
  • Develop and implement a practical Incident Response (IR) strategy to ensure swift and effective action in the face of security incidents.
  • Assess existing logging frameworks to identify deficiencies and implement a comprehensive centralized logging solution.
  • Identify key security threats pertinent to our operations and develop corresponding response playbooks for timely and efficient threat mitigation.
  • Conduct a thorough analysis to uncover any deficiencies within our broader Detection & Response framework and spearhead initiatives to address these gaps.


  • Candidates must possess a minimum of 5 years of experience in security, demonstrating hands-on expertise in Detection & Response (D&R) and Application Security (AppSec), coupled with a comprehensive understanding of diverse security strategies and their implications.
  • At least 2 years of proven leadership experience, with a track record of managing and guiding teams effectively.
  • Previous involvement in high-growth, cloud-native environments is essential, showcasing adaptability and innovative problem-solving in dynamic settings.
  • The ideal candidate is a pragmatic security leader who endorses risk-focused and scalable security measures, balancing effectiveness with efficiency.
  • A solid technical foundation in developing and implementing scalable security solutions is required, demonstrating the ability to address complex security challenges.
  • Exceptional communication skills are a must, along with a product-centric approach to devise and implement solutions that meet customer needs effectively.
  • A preference for collaborative and problem-solving methodologies over rigid processes and directives is desired, emphasizing teamwork and innovation.
  • Experience in hiring, mentoring, and developing a high-performing team is crucial, with a focus on fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
  • The role demands meticulous attention to detail and strong capabilities in cross-team communication and program management, ensuring coherence and alignment across various initiatives.

Our Values

At Postman, we create with the same curiosity that we see in our users. We value transparency & honest communication about not only successes, but also failures. In our work, we focus on specific goals that add up to a larger vision. Our inclusive work culture ensures that everyone is valued equally as important pieces of our final product. We are dedicated to delivering the best products we can.

What Else?

If the role is based in the greater San Francisco area, and the reasonably estimated salary for this role ranges from $225,000 - $265,000 plus a competitive equity package. Actual compensation is based on the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience. In addition to our pay-on-performance philosophy, we offer a comprehensive set of benefits, including full medical coverage, flexible PTO, wellness reimbursement, and a monthly lunch stipend. Salaries will vary outside of the listed metropolitan areas & the U.S.

Equal Opportunity

Postman is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this website or directly to managers. Postman does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. Postman will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with Postman.


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