Director, Security Engineering at Albert (Greater LA Area, CA)

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Who we are
Albert is a new type of financial service that uses powerful technology to automate your finances, with a team of human experts to guide you. Albert saves and invests automatically for you, helps you avoid overdrafts, finds savings you’re missing, identifies bills you’re overpaying, and much more. Text Albert a financial question, and our geniuses won’t just offer guidance — they’ll help you take action.

We're an LA-based startup with a proven business model, backed by top-tier institutional investors and have over 8 million users who have trusted Albert to help them achieve their financial goals. We're on a mission to democratize money management through our simple, beautifully designed product, and we're looking for thoughtful, talented people to join us on our journey. 

About the role
Security is core to Albert’s mission and critical to how we build our products from inception and design to deployment in the cloud. This role will help Albert maintain security at speed and scale. As the Director of Security Engineering, you will be a part of our Platform Team and lead all security engineering practices at Albert. In this role, you will shape and advance the security posture of a wide variety of products offered as part of our mobile-based financial management platform. Your responsibilities include but not limited to, evolving and executing Albert’s security lifecycle and growing it to the next level of maturity, defining and operationalizing security & privacy standards, architecting secure services, performing threat models and security assessments, providing training and deep guidance on remediation and security best practices.

To be successful in this role, you must have both broad and deep, hands-on expertise in enabling the building of secure mobile-first products powered by the cloud. You must also have extensive experience with integrating security early into the product lifecycle to build them from the ground up to meet business needs, regulatory requirements and address emerging threats. You must be able to coordinate and work effectively with Product Engineering teams, DevOps, Product Management, Technology and Service Vendors, Suppliers, and Customers on all aspects of the security lifecycle from requirements & architecture design to solution deployment.

Things you're good at

  • Ownership: Dive in and take ownership of activities like code security reviews, threat modeling, static and dynamic security testing, and conducting security training for developers. 
  • Architecture: Provide application security guidance and oversight across Engineering and Product teams. 
  • Organization: Work across various layers of our company in an inspired, efficient way. Provide hands-on remediation guidance to teams across the organization.
  • Prioritization: Prioritize initiatives to demonstrate alignment with our business strategy and value propositions. Communicate priorities and drive consensus on the path forward. Identify, prioritize, and promote security practices that create the most impact in reducing overall security risk of our applications.
  • Collaboration: We bring out the best in each other. We're looking for people who will bring out the best in all of us. This role should seek to influence the design and implementation of upcoming products and services with security and privacy design in mind.

Responsibilities

  • Drive Albert’s security engineering program by working across the organization with various product/engineering and operations teams as well as partners and customers
  • Ensure Albert’s products/services are built and delivered with security and privacy principles from the ground up
  • Develop and maintain threat models for Albert products and services and train engineering teams to develop attacker/risk-driven design skills
  • Provide deep expertise to engineering teams on secure software, firmware & cloud development practices including secure design, secure coding, and security testing
  • Own and drive the device identity lifecycle, including end-to-end secure certificate management processes and automated workflows
  • Develop, document, and manage the device security standards and design patterns to deliver consistent and secure IoT services
  • Provide scalable hands-on design & remediation guidance to address security issues at a framework/platform level as opposed to fixing issues in an isolated manner
  • Assess the effectiveness and implement improvements to security vulnerability and incident management processes and technologies
  • Build solutions/automation to help scale security at the speed of the business
  • Identify, measure, and report security metrics to indicate production risk and effectiveness of security processes & tools
  • Build a team of strong security engineers and act as their mentor
  • Educate various other teams across the organizations on the security risks to the business and how they can be mitigated
  • Be a strong thought leader and stay up to date with the latest security threats, techniques to mitigate them across different technologies, and champion support for your ideas to mitigate them across different technologies, and champion support for your ideas

Requirements

  • 10+ years of related experience, specifically in Security Engineering, Security Operations, Product Security, Product Security Incident Response (PSIRT), Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), Risk Management or Information Systems
  • 10+ years in an enterprise-scale information security engineering role, with at least 2 years in a leadership position
  • Strong project management skills: planning, organizing, monitoring and reporting on project activities
  • Experience in PSIRT, CSIRT, incident response and/or vulnerability response
  • Ability to be effective in a remote global work environment
  • Experience with event/incident response tooling/suites and alert design within the SIEM
  • Deep Knowledge of TCP/IP and other application and network-level protocols
  • Ability to lead the public communication and release of product security vulnerabilities working with business units, Mitre, Customer teams, and CustomersUnderstanding of containerization and containerized applications, their security weaknesses and how to secure them
  • Understanding of and experience with patch automation, security orchestration, and management tooling for on-premise, private cloud, and cloud infrastructure

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Meals provided
  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • 401k match

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Location

Our office is situated in Culver City's well-known Hayden Tract, within walking distance of the Expo line, retail, and many restaurants.

What are Albert Perks + Benefits

Albert Benefits Overview

At Albert, we believe that everyone, regardless of income or net worth, should have access to financial wellness. Simplicity, empathy, and wellness are the core values that not only guide our mission, but the way we care for our team.

We make sure our employees and their families are taken care of with virtually free, premium quality health, dental, and vision insurance. We promote a solid work-life balance by offering generous PTO, paid holidays, and monthly company events. Since we take long-term financial wellness seriously, employees at Albert are able to sign up for our 401(k) plan, with company matching, on their very first day.

Aside from our basic suite of benefits, we believe in providing a great work place for our employees. Our office is situated in Culver City's well-known Hayden Tract, within walking distance of the Expo line, retail and many restaurants. Other perks include free lunch, a fully stocked kitchen complete with snacks and a rotating selection of beer.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Albert's health insurance policy covers up to 99% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer a $100/mo Wellness Stipend to each employee for general wellness, covering the following areas: Physical Health, Mental Health, & Workplace Wellness.
Team workouts
Albert's team fitness initiatives include In-office and/or Remote yoga, mediation, and fitness classes.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
We're proud to provide all of our employees the option to enroll in our 401k plan with 4% match provided by Vanguard starting their first day.
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We operate under a hybrid work-from-model at our Culver City office. Employees work 3 days in-office with 2 days remote each week & an additional 4-weeks each year that can be used at your discretion.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Albert employees receive between 15 and 21 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Albert offers a monthly reimbursement of $100 to anyone who uses public transportation, rides a bike, or walks to work.
Company Outings
We throw an awesome company retreat each year in addition to monthly happy hours and events.
Free Daily Meals
We provide a $20 stipend for each day you work to be used at your discretion.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Albert has a fully stocked kitchen including healthy snacks, rotating beer, coffee, tea, cocoa, and other beverages.
Some Meals Provided
We partnered with Factor to provide all US employees with 6 meals a week as part of our efforts to promote nutritional wellness. We also cater lunch in-office each Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted on occasion, usually every other month.
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Albert offers relocation assistance for employees interested in moving to either of our hubs in LA or NYC.
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Albert offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite & Remote training courses.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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