Chief Information Security Officer at PEAK6

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PEAK6 is a leading investment firm headquartered in Chicago. More than 20 years ago, we were one of the first firms to develop sophisticated proprietary technology in our trading business. Today, we leverage our technical ingenuity and operational ability across a number of investment areas, spanning early- to mid-stage growth capital, operational control, trading, and sports management, with an eye toward providing value to the customer. Over the years, we have built and operated several leading financial technology firms and today our team includes a digital wealth clearinghouse, an outsource provider of flood insurance, a Premier League soccer team, a value investment arm, an incubation lab, and more.

As the Chief Information Security Officer on our Shared Services team at PEAK6 Investments, you’ll have a big impact on the firm with managing our proprietary trading entity as well as other entities under the PEAK6 Investments umbrella. You will have genuine opportunities to design and implement projects to identify risks in the PEAK6 infrastructure, applications, and processes and make appropriate recommendations to mitigate risk. This is a role for someone who flourishes in a fast paced environment, great people management skills, and has a solid understanding of protecting a firm in a regulatory environment.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Leading the oversight and direction of the information security program across Capital Management and other entities under the PEAK6 Investments umbrella.
  • Managing the development, implementation, and enforcement of corporate-wide information security policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Translating technical risks into interpretable organizational risks for wide-ranging corporate audiences, including CEOs and CTOs of our portfolio businesses and our senior leadership.
  • Responsible to interface with various internal and external clients, audit agencies, and regulatory entities to establish communication, cooperation, and compliance of information security standards and requirements.
  • Managing the financial budget for assigned area as well as other senior level duties as assigned.
  • Conducting an assessment of the maturity of current security programs and capabilities to create a strategic security road-map outlining necessary resources and requirements, with leadership buy-in, for a world-class public company security program.

You’ll gain loads of experience in this role but before you do, you should have:

  • 10+ years as an Information Security Leader
  • Experience with IT security and privacy risk assessments and audits of IT general security controls.
  • Relevant work experience across modern engineering/product teams or within the technology organization. Proven track record implementing the following programs: incident response, threat intelligence, DLP/DR/BCP, IAM, information privacy, SOC management, security architecture, security policy/advocacy and risk assessments
  • Good working knowledge of infrastructure security concepts including firewalls, DMZs, intrusion detection/prevention systems, network security, DLP, MFA, EDR, application security concepts, password management, RBAC, and access provisioning.
  • CISM and CISSP is required with having either CIPP or CISA as a bonus.
  • Technical foundation (EE/CS degree), but also a business mindset and an innate ability to translate technical vulnerabilities into broader organizational risks for senior leadership.
  • Must have strong leadership and excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Must be able to lead high-visibility projects that require collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders to develop and implement consensual decisions.
  • Must be well organized, solution-oriented and have strong process management skills.
  • Experience with the phases of the software development life-cycle.
  • Ability to document policies, procedures and technical diagrams.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills. Ability to serve broadly as a security advocate and authority.

All of our team members have these traits. You should, too.

Collaboration Grit

Adaptability Ownership

As a PEAK6 Chief Information Security Officer you can enjoy:

  • Generous medical, vision and dental plans
  • Matching 401(k) programs
  • Adoption assistance & family leave
  • Sabbatical program
  • Massage days
  • Poker tournament with a grand prize of a World Series of Poker buy in
  • Sports leagues
  • Corn hole tournaments
  • Annual PEAK6 Party
  • Yoga classes
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Lasik eye discount
  • Philanthropy events
  • Annual wellness screens and flu shots
  • Bagel Fridays/expiration lunches
  • Birthday gifts
  • Charitable matching gift program
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • ReduxLibraries
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    • MongoDBDatabases
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Location

Chicago Board of Trade

An Insider's view of PEAK6

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

This is very important and luckily, we feel it’s something attainable for our employees. We have a generous time off policy, in addition to other affiliated vacation perks and leave benefits.
For example, to help employees save time on conventional tasks, we offer complementary services in the office, such as manicures, massages, and yoga classes.

Courtney Kuhnen

Human Resources Business Partner

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our developers are also a part of the decision-making process. We help our technologists take an interest in the business side of things - they know how the end product should work. Our developers know how the traders are going to use a product and after a product is delivered, the developer stays involved – making sure that things work efficently.

Rishi Kamath

QA Development Lead

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a big focus on career growth, especially for those in technology. Because of our size, there are opportunities to prove yourself and rapidly increase your responsibility on a team. And because of Peak6’s culture of constantly trying new things, there are often opportunities to get in at the ground floor of new ventures in a leadership role

Paul Whalen

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We organize “tech days” where employees are encouraged to work on tech projects of their choosing. Projects have ranged from mobile apps to Sega emulators to workflow improvements for our developers. Recently, tech days took the form of a more formal hackathon, in which technologists and traders teamed up to prototype several new trading tools.

Luke Peeler

Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I like working at PEAK6 because there’s always something exciting to work on and I’m always learning something new. It’s also a privilege to work with so many smart people that are never hesitant to act as mentors. Lastly, PEAK6 gives me the opportunity to wear many different hats – I’m never restricted to working on just one thing.

Sean Lester

Software Engineer

What are PEAK6 Perks + Benefits

PEAK6 Benefits Overview

We provide good flexibility in terms of work-life balance, an open and candid atmosphere, and development potential as the company continues to grow. You can really advance your career at PEAK6, while working in a great space, surrounded by friendly people, and learning new things daily.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer generous medical, vision & dental plans, including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer annual wellness screens and flu shots at no additional cost to employees.
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the FFC-affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade at a discounted rate and free access to yoga classes at Bottom Line Yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
PEAK6 offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Adoption Assistance
PEAK6's adoption assistance program provides employees with reimbursement for up to $5,000 (per child) of adoption expenses.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Employees with 5 years of service accrue four weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8-week Sabbatical, as well as adding up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the U.S. financial markets are closed, PEAK6 is closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Our employees wear casual attire like jeans, button-down shirts, and t-shirts. On any given day, many employees will be wearing branded PEAK6 clothing.
Commuter Benefits
PEAK6 offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employee through WageWorks, as well as a Zipcar discount.
Company Outings
PEAK6 has themed social events throughout the year as well as a popular annual company party known for featuring surprise, high profile stars like Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers and Keith Urban.
Free Daily Meals
For three Fridays a month, employees enjoy noshing on bagels. For the remaining Friday, employees are treated to a free "Expiration Date" lunch.
Game Room
We host (in office) ping pong, cornhole, and poker tournments. Our employees enjoy a rooftop bar/deck that also includes a game room.
Stocked Kitchen
PEAK6 has a fully-stocked kitchen that includes a cereal bar, coffee bar, a variety of healthy food choices and drinks, as well as an abundance of snacks to put a rumbling stomach to rest.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
The Culture Club at PEAK6 works to host themed social events throughout the year.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: table tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
PEAK6 is firmly committed to learning and development as a way to grow and develop employees.
Tuition Reimbursement
At the discretion of management and after completing one full-year of employment, we reimburse up to $8,000 per employee each calendar year for certifications and other educational programs or degree.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a dedicated team of employees who volunteer to be a part of our Culture Club. This group works to connect employees through delightful experiences while making a positive impact on PEAK6 life. The Culture Club plans many social and philanthropic employee events throughout the year.

We host bi-annual hackathons as a collaboration of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams to develop, build, and present new ideas to the firm. The teams are free to explore solutions to problems in and outside of finance. One hackathon resulted in the creation of a new internal system for setting up meetings and booking rooms.
Additional perks include:
-Matching gift up to $1000/employee/year
-Free semi-monthly massage day
-Free monthly manicures, pedicures, and mens clip and clean
-Free onsite yoga 5 days a week
-Free concierge service
-Discounts: Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

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