Technology Risk Manager



IT, Operations
Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2023

Circle is a financial technology company at the epicenter of the emerging internet of money, where value can finally travel like other digital data — globally, nearly instantly and less expensively than legacy settlement systems. This ground-breaking new internet layer opens up previously unimaginable possibilities for payments, commerce and markets that can help raise global economic prosperity and enhance inclusion. Our infrastructure – including USDC, a blockchain-based dollar – helps businesses, institutions and developers harness these breakthroughs and capitalize on this major turning point in the evolution of money and technology.

What you’ll be part of:

Circle is committed to visibility and stability in everything we do. As we grow as an organization, we're expanding into some of the world's strongest jurisdictions. Speed and efficiency are motivators for our success and our employees live by our company values: Multistakeholder, Mindfulness, Driven by Excellence and High Integrity. Circlers are consistently evolving in a remote world where strength in numbers fuels team success. We have built a flexible and diverse work environment where new ideas are encouraged and everyone is a stakeholder.

What you’ll be responsible for:

As part of the Security and Technology Risk Management team, you will support the day-to-day management and operation of Circle’s Technology Risk Management function. The goal of this function is to partner closely with first line Technology areas to identify, assess, prioritize, mitigate, and report on Circle’s Technology Risks. The Technology Risk Function contributes to the overall Enterprise Risk Management Program’s goal of maintaining and increasing Circle's resiliency by identifying, assessing, and preparing its operations for any internal and external factors and risks that could interfere with reaching its goals and objectives. The program includes policy management, issue management, change management, risk assessment, resiliency, technology platform, third party oversight and business partners.

What you'll work on:

  • Partner with the first line of defense Technology teams and Chief Technology Officer to drive and support the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management programs including issue management, policy management, change management, risk assessment, third-party risk management, training.
  • Responsible for effective challenge and technology oversight including governance, identification of risks, developing remediation strategies (e.g., corrective actions), and influencing the technology strategy and execution of the program.
  • Responsible for partnering with the first line of defense to assess enterprise level technology risk and proactively support the Technology function in directly assessing their risk profile and advising where risk controls are needed.
  • Apply deep knowledge of systems and solutions, data architecture, software development, IT operations, technical controls in anticipation of technology risks inherent to the business.
  • Lead risk assessments, monitoring, and reporting on technology risks inherent to business activities, including engineering, security and cyber. Manage technology issues and self-identify, monitor, remediate and report on issues.
  • Apply influence to ensure the availability of technology risk input requirements, to build consensus on risk mitigation and remediation strategies among global and/or regional stakeholder groups.
  • Responsible for supporting the ongoing risk management, and engagement across functions by engaging as a key business partner with Technology, early in the process, in risk discussions and ad-hoc interactions to support ongoing risk identification, ownership, mitigation and acceptance.
  • Advise and provide consultation in enabling the Technology function to calculate current risk exposure by evaluating the risk factors, suggesting mitigation measures, and alignment with corporate risk statements and tolerances.
  • Provide Technology and Security Framework subject matter expertise and input to ensure delivery of risk related awareness, training and orientation to all employees, and other appropriate third parties.
  • Lead and implement periodic reviews, executive level reporting, and recommend updates to the policies, processes, tools, and templates to reflect the changing environment (e.g., new products).
  • Collaborate with the ERM team on Technology risks and their relationship to Security, Legal, Privacy and other operational risks at Circle.
  • Support the Security and Technology Specialized Risk Committee in providing risk expertise and input into the overall health of the Technology Risk program and provide periodic results of the risk-based monitoring (e.g., assessment/testing) program.

You will aspire to our four core values:

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

What you'll bring to Circle:

  • 7+ years working in risk management for Technology (and Security preferred) in a financial services, payments or technology (growth) company.
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Risk Management frameworks and programs.
  • Experience in embedding a risk culture in a rapidly expanding business environment, preferable technology or financial services.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack and Apple MacOS preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Risk Management or Business preferred. Technology Certifications Security Certifications preferred (ex. ITIL, CISM).

Additional Information:

  • This position is eligible for day-one PERM sponsorship for qualified candidates.

Circle is on a mission to create an inclusive financial future, with transparency at our core. We consider a wide variety of elements when crafting our compensation ranges and total compensation packages.

The compensation range below is specific to Boston, MA. Actual starting pay is determined by various factors, including but not limited to: relevant experience, skill set, qualifications, and other business and organizational needs. Please note that compensation ranges may differ for candidates in other locations.

Base Pay Range: $135,000 - $180,000

Annual Bonus Target: 15%

Also Included: Equity & Benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)). Circle has a discretionary vacation policy. We also provide 10 days of paid sick leave per year and 11 paid holidays per year in the U.S.

We are an equal opportunity employer and 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. Additionally, Circle participates in the E-Verify Program in certain locations, as required by law.