Who We Are
Ascent helps its customers follow laws and regulations. We are a new type of company, a "RegTech" organization that combines a SaaS platform with intelligent content to provide customized tools and targeted advice for our customers. We're using modern techniques like machine learning and predictive analytics to stay at the forefront of our industry.
The Ascent platform makes it easy for compliance officers in regulated industries to see exactly what is expected of their companies, then track and report on the steps they're taking to stay compliant. Before Ascent, this was a very expensive manual process. Reasonable regulation is an important part of the free market, protecting consumers and leveling the playing field. But due to their complexity and sheer volume, regulations often feel more like a punitive burden. By reducing the cost of compliance Ascent is encouraging innovation, helping existing companies stay in business, and making it possible for new companies to get started. The efficient intelligence we provide helps our customers fulfill the spirit (and letter) of their obligations in a way that lets them breathe easy and focus on building value for their own customers through their core business.
We’re currently focused on regulations in the financial services sector, though our platform is flexible enough to eventually handle all regulated industries (EPA, FDA, etc). We recently raised $6M in Series A fundraising from respected investors in this space who truly believe in the opportunity we’re pursuing. We're a group of about 30 people, located in Chicago at Michigan/Randolph in the Prudential building. As a team we explicitly value integrity, cooperation, persistence, customer obsession, and innovation. We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives builds a stronger team and product.
Who You Are
As trailblazers in our space we’re looking for people passionate about building new and innovative products, who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo, and who have a thirst for knowledge and creating amazing solutions to generations-old problems.
You’ll play an important role across the board in our technology, product, process, and culture, so it’s a bit difficult to describe what it’s like to work here. We want you to think critically about problems, potential solutions, constraints, goals - and then do whatever you can to help the team succeed. Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. You’ll work directly with our VP of Product on a daily basis to gain context for your work, and to get the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career. We want to make sure you’re getting as much out of this opportunity as you’re putting in.
Responsibilities and Requirements
This role is concerned with both internal tools and customer-facing products. Internally, we’re creating and combining cutting edge technologies to turn regulations into the data intelligence our customers need. Efficiency here requires seamless coordination of automated and manual efforts, which means custom tools for working with text-based data. On the customer side, we’re delivering our regulatory intelligence through a modern project management platform specifically geared for managing compliance activities.
Data-heavy workflow products can easily be crushed under their own weight without a conceptual framework for visual and functional design to keep everything organized. We need a designer to help us build them cohesively and sustainably for the long term.
- Ability and drive to collaborate with product managers and engineers from discovery to delivery
- Enjoys speaking to users and researching the market
- Able to prototype quickly with the exclusive intent of receiving feedback and iterating
- Facility with modern tools to create wireframes and hi-fidelity mockups
- Push yourself to continually grow and learn
Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:
- Medical, mental health, dental, vision insurance
- Competitive salary and equity
- Walkable from all loop trains and many buses, including pedway access
- Lots of easy food options
- Whatever hardware and software you need to be effective
- Professional development stipend