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Job Openings at Canonical Kenya

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We deliver open source to the world faster, more securely and more cost effectively than any other company. If you’re interested in a career at Canonical, we are a remote-first company so please apply to any suitable role as skills are valued more than location, despite some having a preferred geographic preference.

Kernel Maintenance Engineer – Ubuntu Linux

  • The Canonical Linux Kernel Team is looking for individuals with a strong sense of determination to provide ongoing support and security updates for the Ubuntu Linux kernels. These tasks can range anywhere from diagnosing and resolving kernel issues reported by end users to assessing the latest CVE security exploit notifications for impact and integrating a resolution. Overall, you will be personally responsible for the continual delivery of updates for many of the variations of version, flavor, and architecture of Linux kernel Ubuntu provides.

What your day will look like

  • Collaborate regularly and proactively with a globally distributed team
  • Respond quickly to assess and mitigate security exploits in the Ubuntu Linux kernel
  • Hone your kernel debugging techniques by diagnosing and resolving issues in the kernel reported by customers and the community
  • Master the art of Debian and Snap packaging for Linux kernels
  • Take personal pride in being directly responsible for the integration, packaging, and rigorous testing to deliver updates to millions of consumers worldwide
  • Contribute to the improvement of tooling and automation for the delivery and test of Ubuntu Linux kernels
  • Discover new means to ensure even greater Ubuntu reliability by adding and improving kernel test coverage and delivery process improvements
  • Utilizing a strong understand of git workflows, submit, review, and apply kernel patches, working with both internal and external upstream maintainers

What we are looking for in you

  • Well-organized, self-starting and able to deliver to fixed schedules
  • Strong commitment to quality processes and documentation standards
  • Demonstrated ability to present oneself in a professional manner when interacting with colleagues, business partners, and the open source community
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral
  • Significant programming experience in C
  • Solid background with git
  • Demonstrated experience with operating system kernel patching and debugging

Additional Skills That You Might Also Bring

  • Significant Python and Bash scripting ability
  • Broad knowledge of the Linux kernel and kernel subsystems
  • Knowledge/experience with Linux kernel upstream processes and release cycle
  • Prior experience with Ubuntu/Debian/Snap packaging
  • Strong grasp of device drivers, BSP’s, and other low level system engineering
  • Contributed to or even maintained an open source project in the past or present
  • Understanding of CVE classification


Ubuntu Engineering Manager – Security

  • The security team aims to provide a secure, stable service to our users and customers, and to enable them to reduce and manage their risk in an ever-changing landscape. This role involves engaging directly with our community and customers, as well as coordinating efforts across multiple engineering teams and projects.
  • As an engineering manager at Canonical your primary responsibility is to the people you support: ensuring that they are growing as engineers, doing valuable work, and generally having a great time at Canonical. As a lead for strong engineers, technical leadership and a solid background in software security is a must, so that you’re able to challenge and grow your team members. You will have the opportunity to influence the culture, facilitate technical delivery, and work with your team on strategy and execution.

We have multiple management focus areas open for the Ubuntu security management role:

  • Security Maintenance (CVE and vulnerability addressing life cycle)
  • Security Technology (AppArmor, Secureboot, and Cryptography)
  • Certifications and Compliance (FIPS, CIS, FedRAMP)

Key responsibilities

  • Build and lead a globally distributed team of engineers through hiring, coaching, mentoring, feedback and hands-on career development
  • Guide the security posture for Ubuntu, and other Canonical products
  • Support timely delivery of technical solutions to address business needs
  • Manage competing priorities, communicating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Advocate and advance modern, agile software development practices
  • Grow a healthy, collaborative engineering culture in line with the company values
  • Participate in strong engineering process through code and architectural review
  • Guide the growth of the Canonical Security story
  • Work from home with global travel up to 15% for internal and external events

Valued Skills And Experience

  • You love developing and growing people and have a strong track record of doing it
  • You are knowledgeable and passionate about software security, either Security Certifications or Application Security
  • You have some experience in leading, managing, coaching and mentoring software developers
  • You have solid experience working in an agile development environment
  • You have strong written and verbal technical communication skills
  • You have a Bachelor’s or equivalent in Computer Science, STEM or similar degree


Security Software Engineer

What you’ll do
Security roles might tackle any of the following:

  • Define, implement and document new security features
  • Lead security-oriented thinking in a product engineering team
  • Analyze, fix, and test vulnerabilities in Canonical and open source Software
  • Contribute to Ubuntu and upstream projects to benefit the community
  • Audit and analyze source code for vulnerabilities
  • Integrate new tools in our security infrastructure, pipelines and processes
  • Achieve and retain various security certifications
  • Extend and enhance Linux cryptographic components – specifically with modules such as OpenSSL/Libgcrypt – with the features and functionality required for country-specific compliance such as FIPS and CC certification
  • Work with external partners to develop CIS benchmarks
  • Design and develop hardening automation for Ubuntu
  • Monitor the security industry for new developments
  • Develop, test and maintain new software capabilities
  • Provide guidance and support to other engineering teams

What we are looking for in you

  • An exceptional academic track record from both high school and university
  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or STEM, or a compelling narrative about your alternative path
  • Drive and a track record of going above-and-beyond expectations
  • A thorough understanding of the common categories of security vulnerabilities
  • Modern engineering techniques to find and fix them
  • Familiarity with open source development tools and methodologies
  • Skill in one or more of C, Python, Go, Rust, Java, Ruby or PHP
  • Experience as a security champion
  • Experience driving security within a wider SDLC process
  • Professional written and spoken English
  • Experience with Linux (Debian or Ubuntu preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, curiosity, flexibility, and accountability
  • Passion, thoughtfulness, and self-motivation
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Result-oriented, with a personal drive to meet commitments
  • Ability to travel twice a year, for company events up to two weeks each

Optional skills we also value

  • Clear and effective communication with the team and Ubuntu community members
  • Experience working with Linux Kernel
  • Security Certification experience and knowledge in FIPS and/or CC
  • Experience with OVAL (Open Vulnerability Assessment Language)
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with low-level Linux cryptography APIs
  • Demonstrated high learning ability
  • Performance engineering experience


Security Engineer – Ubuntu


  • The role can also include a number of other activities, including security assessment and code review, internal tooling developments, community engagement, security hardening and feature development and industry collaboration participation.
  • This job involves international travel several times a year, usually for one week and requires the ability to be productive in a globally distributed team through self-discipline and self-motivation.

What you’ll do

  • Analyze, fix, and test vulnerabilities in Ubuntu packages
  • Keep track of vulnerabilities in Ubuntu releases as they are discovered, researched and fixed (using internal software tools)
  • Collaborate with other teams in the Ubuntu community and with upstream developers where appropriate, to exchange or develop vulnerability patches and make sure that Ubuntu includes the very best security features
  • Audit source code for vulnerabilities

Who you are

  • You have a thorough understanding of the common categories of security vulnerabilities and techniques for fixing them
  • You are familiar with coordinated disclosure practices
  • You are familiar with open source development tools and methodologies
  • You are skilled in one or more of C, Python, go, Rust, Java, Ruby or PHP
  • You have excellent logic, problem-solving, troubleshooting, and decision-making skills
  • You can clearly and effectively communicate with the team and Ubuntu community members


Head of OEM Alliances

  • The OEM Director is responsible to build trusted relationships with IHV partners, increase Canonical market share and attach rate, evangelize the partnership and lead all business interactions from engineer to CxO. He/she will often run customer workshops focused on particular initiatives at that customer, attend sales events, give public presentations and lead executive engagements.

Location: This role can be based remotely in the EMEA or Americas region
What your day will look like

  • Build strategic relationships with IHV partners at levels
  • Grow their awareness of open source capabilities on Canonical Ubuntu
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the Linux and cloud software ecosystem
  • Negotiate contracts and commercial business terms
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of large and complex organizations
  • Lead partnerships with global accounts such as IBM, Samsung, DellEMC, HPE, Nokia etc.
  • Work closely with marketing, sales engineering and product management
  • Deliver on targets, objectives and provide a voice of the partner
  • Lead executive interlocks between IHV and Canonical leadership
  • Travel regularly – sometimes internationally – to drive partnerships in person

What we are looking for in you

  • Experience in alliance or indirect sales management roles
  • Autonomous, disciplined, hands-on, get-it-done mentality
  • Ability to capture customer requirements, evaluate gaps, identify and create opportunities
  • Passionate about Ubuntu products and mission
  • Comfortable in fast-paced and high pressure environments with measurable goals
  • Experience with Linux, virtualization, containers, and other cloud technologies.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Method of Application

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