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Circle // global crypto finance
Engineering, Full Time    Jersey City - will also consider remote in US    Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency & public blockchains for payments, commerce & financial applications worldwide. Circle platforms & products provide a suite of internet-native financial services for payments, treasury infrastructure & capital formation. Circle is also a principal developer of USD Coin (USDC), which has become the fastest growing dollar digital currency in the world. USDC has grown to over 23 billion in circulation & supported over $640B in transactions in the past year. Circles payments & treasury infrastructure services available through the Circle Account & APIs helps bridge the legacy financial system & digital currency & blockchain based finance.  Circles SeedInvest service brings internet-native fundraising & capital formation to startups & growth companies.  Combined, Circles suite of services helps companies to participate in a more open, global & inclusive financial system.

What youll be part of:

With the mission To raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value, Circle was founded on the belief that the internet, blockchains & digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient & integrated world economy.  We envision a global economy where people & businesses everywhere can more freely connect & transact with each other with new technologies for digital money & internet-native finance. We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people & companies everywhere. Our mission is powered by the values we espouse & which we expect all Circlers to respect. We are Multistakeholder, serving the needs of our customers, our shareholders, our employees & families, our local communities & our world. Furthermore, we are also Mindful, Driven by Excellence, & High Integrity.

What youll be responsible for:

In 2020, Circle unveiled Circle APIs: a set of solutions & smarter technology to help businesses accept payments in a more global, scalable & efficient alternative to traditional banking rails (spoiler: were using USD Coin under the hood). Over the next 12 months, were going to rapidly grow our API customer base & enable even more businesses to easily integrate & benefit from the breakthrough of programmable money on the internet. The Circle Security Team works to protect Circle; our customers, clients, & partners; & the financial markets upon which we rely.  The security team leads the companys programs for information security & cybersecurity, business continuity, & vendor risk management. As a senior leader within the Security organization, youll build & lead a team that is responsible for key areas of the security program while collaborating across Circles business functions.  You will continue to learn & stay current in a fun & rapidly changing environment.

What you'll work on:

  • Build & lead a second line of defense team responsible for proactive information security risk reduction & ongoing security testing.
  • Oversee the execution of secure SDLC controls in a cloud-native environment using agile project management & CI/CD tools & techniques.
  • Oversee Red Team security tests & penetration testing programs.
  • Own the development of tools to automate recurring security tasks.
  • Partner strategically with Circles Engineering department to secure customer-facing technology & protect customer assets.
  • Build strong relationships with department heads & peers across the organization to understand Circles business objectives & collaborate on key initiatives.
  • Guide the security architecture of Circle products.
  • Through consultative thought leadership, drive the remediation of vulnerabilities & issues by system & application owners.
  • As a technology leader with hands-on experience, develop a team with deep technical skills; coach & mentor managers & individual contributors.
  • Develop programs to monitor Circles compliance with applicable regulations & industry standards.
  • Use continuous improvement techniques to drive maturity & keep security standards & testing practices up to date.
  • Develop & maintain security policies, procedures, & standards.
  • Plan & manage the internal asset/initiative assessment schedule & staffing model.
  • Use a risk based approach to prioritize work & allocate resources.
  • Deliver in alignment with budget & resource plans.
  • Leverage automated solutions & control tests as appropriate.
  • Support other security team projects such as regulatory exams & audits.

You will aspire to our four core values:

  • Multistakeholder - you have dedication & commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees & families & local communities.
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener & to pay attention to detail.  
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission & our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity & you work intensely to achieve your goals. 
  • High Integrity - you seek open & honest communication, & you hold yourself to very high moral & ethical standards.  You reject manipulation, dishonesty & intolerance.

What you'll bring to Circle:

  • 15+ years of overall technology experience in fin tech or traditional finance with a minimum of seven years (can be overlapping) with a focus on cybersecurity. 
  • 7+ years of experience managing a team.
  • Enthusiasm for scalable, reproducible security management. 
  • Self-motivated & creative problem-solver able to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to manage multiple cross functional competing priorities & use good judgement to establish order of priorities on the fly.
  • Experience with security architecture & vulnerability testing & management standards & techniques required.
  • Experience with the security architecture of cloud-native computing environments required.
  • Experience leading the development of software applications or tools.
  • Experience working with standards such as ISO 27001/27002 or the NIST Cybersecurity Framework highly desirable.
  • Advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity or related field; equivalent experience also accepted.
  • Certifications such as CISSP, CEH, CCSP, CCSK, or similar will receive favorable consideration but are not required.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack & Apple MacOS preferred. 

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

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