Security Architect (Manufacturing) at QuantumScape | Powderkeg

Location: HQ- San Jose, CA

Employment Type: Full-Time

Team: Software Engineer & IT

Come join us on our mission as we revolutionize energy storage to enable a sustainable future.

QuantumScape is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced, and collaborative teammate with experience in on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployments to secure a robust computing infrastructure in a fast-paced startup environment. The ideal candidate is excited to expand infrastructure securely, promote security initiatives, and think quickly as the company grows at a rapid pace.

You will help architect a next-generation manufacturing facility by conducting security design reviews, making infrastructure and tools recommendations, advising on security features, as well as commissioning audits and penetration tests where needed. Company IP is critical to our value; you will be responsible for designing the infrastructure and business practices that secure intellectual property at its source and for its use in manufacturing operations. You will also help us design our hybrid on-prem/cloud architecture for enhanced uptime and security. You will build strong relationships with various groups at the company, especially our manufacturing group to help them architect, develop, and rollout secure manufacturing operations. You will identify and select vendors for a range of solutions to issues that you identify.

You seek learning opportunities and continually educate yourself to stay up- to-speed on the latest developments in the fast-moving industry of computer security. You have strong communication skills (both verbal and written), and experience in building secure manufacturing facilities.

The context

As a public company with unique IP in an emerging area of geopolitical strategic importance, we take the security threats very seriously. Simultaneously, security must be balanced with workability in a nimble, innovative, and fast-paced environment.


BS in a computing or information field

10+ years' experience in information security with significant exposure to cloud and self-hosted computing infrastructure

5+ years' of security architecture experience in a manufacturing setting


  • Develop a thorough understanding of the organization's technology and IT systems.

  • Planning, researching, and designing security architectures.

  • Developing, reviewing, and approving the installation requirements for LANs, WANs, VPNs, routers, firewalls, and related network devices.

  • Researching and designing public key infrastructures, certification authorities, and digital signatures, and ensuring all personnel have IT access limited to their need and role in the organization.

  • Developing project timelines for system upgrades and preparing cost estimates.

  • Testing the final security system and updating and upgrading it as needed.

  • Establishing disaster recovery and ransomware recovery procedures and conducting security breach drills.

  • Responding quickly and effectively to all security incidents and providing post-event analyses.

  • Monitoring and guiding the security team, cultivating a sense of security awareness, and arranging for continuous education.

  • Remaining up to date with the latest security systems, standards, authentication protocols, and products.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Security Architect (Manufacturing)
  • Company
  • Location
    San Jose, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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