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Application Security Lead

St. Louis , Missouri

Req ID 01E3F

At Monsanto you will enjoy a team-focused environment that thrives on innovation and encourages you to do extraordinary things. By incorporating cutting-edge technology and your experience, you will push the limits of agricultural technology and help change the world. Are you ready to begin?

  • Full-Time
  • Level: All

Success Profile

What does it take to be a successful Software Engineer at Monsanto? Check out the traits below to see if you have the right combination of talents.

  • Software/Infrastructure Skilled
  • Embraces Inclusion & Diversity
  • Team Player
  • Self-Motivated
  • Entrepreneurial Aptitude
  • Driven & Organized
  • Loves to Code
  • Working in a Matrix

Monsanto encourages us to think outside of the box to solve complex issues. I really enjoy working for Monsanto: I feel that I am a part of something really important.

– Nicole, IT Product Manager


  • Compensation:

    Monsanto offers competitive pay and benefits, as well as other exciting rewards.

  • Insurance (Medical, Dental, Vision):

    Monsanto offers a Health and Insurance Benefits Program that allows you to tailor your own benefits package.

  • Paid time off:

    We believe we can all be more effective individuals if there's a proper balance among the various demands of work, family and life.

  • Paid training:

    Internal and external seminars and conferences are available to increase your technical, professional and managerial skills.

  • Savings Plan:

    We provide you an opportunity to save up to 25% of your eligible pay in a personal savings program to which Monsanto also contributes.

  • Variety and Collaboration:

    Opportunities to participate in varied types of projects and get new experiences from partnerships with many organizations within Monsanto.


Monsanto’s mission is centered on finding agricultural solutions for a sustainable future.   Twenty years from now, the earth’s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now. Today, Monsanto is working with farmers around the world to do something about it.  As such, we approach agriculture holistically, looking across a broad range of solutions from customer enablement, supply chain optimization, to biotechnology research.  To make this possible, we build great, innovative software that accelerates our product pipeline and tools better enable farmers. 
Within IT, we are transforming the way we develop software.  As we shift to more agile processes and cloud based development, we must shift and adapt our approach to application security.  As the Application Security Lead in the Information Security Office, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring software is designed and developed securely while supporting the agility to rapidly develop products for our business and customers.  Through collaboration across IT, this role will create and foster a culture of secure application development.
  • Establish a strong partnership with application development teams to understand business needs and develop appropriate application security controls.  This will involve working closely with scrum teams to understand current Application Security Practices and Maturity
  • Lead the effort to develop reusable application security patterns, frameworks, and best practices leveraging industry best practices (OWASP, BSIMM, ASVs)
  • Establish a culture of secure application development by assisting Scrum Teams in adopting secure coding best practices and frameworks and practices to ensure compliance
  • Establish validation and metrics that demonstrate application security maturity/compliance across organization
Must Have
  • Technical depth and expertise in application security technologies with a deep knowledge on application security threats
  • Experience with software security threat vectors, threat modeling, attack surface analysis, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments
  • Passion for collaboration and partnership with application development teams working with agile development methodologies
  • Modern web development (e.g., HTML5, JavaScript, AngularJS, Backbone)
  • Experience with large-scale, custom distributed software systems in Java, Scala and/or C#
  • Background in system design with SOA/REST/Micro Services
  • Strong knowledge of relational database design and access (e.g., Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  • Ability to think strategically and give practical advice by balancing business needs with risks
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to collaborate within a matrix organization
  • Ability to translate complex technical topics for non-technical personnel & senior leadership
Nice to have
  • Experience developing and deploying Secure Cloud Applications
  • Experience developing and deploying Secure Mobile Applications
  • Experience with NoSQL stores (e.g., MongoDB, Couchbase, Neo4J)
  • Experience with search/analytics tools (e.g. ElasticSearch, Solr)
  • BS in Computer Science or STEM related field, required
  • 8+ years of experience in Application Development, required
  • 3+ years of experience in Application Security, required
  • Certification (one or more): CISSP, CEH, CSSLP, desired

Doing Great Things

  • Putting Military Skills to work

    Putting Military Skills to work:

    At Monsanto, we value the leadership, tenacity, adaptability, teamwork, and performance orientation skills and attributes that veterans and service members bring to the table.

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  • Inclusion & Diversity

    Inclusion & Diversity

    Creating an inclusive environment where employees of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and orientations feel welcome and able to contribute is core to creating a Great Place to Work.

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  • Making a difference

    Making a difference:

    Giving is a natural part of what we do at Monsanto. As a company, we are committed to making lives better.

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