Data Security & Privacy Program Manager at Avant

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Avant is dedicated to building premier digital banking solutions for the middle class through a combination of technology, analytics and superior customer service. Since 2012, Avant has connected over one million customers to $6.5 billion in loans and to 200,000 credit cards. A high growth financial technology company, Avant has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fortune, Bloomberg, and has raised over $600 million of equity capital. Visit www.avant.com for more information.
The data security and privacy program manager develops and maintains enterprise-wide data processes in accordance with security and privacy policies . The privacy manager is expected to align privacy policy needs beyond compliance mandates with business objectives and strategy. The role requires an understanding of information security, control infrastructure, software and privacy regulations. The data security and privacy program manager acts as a liaison to business stakeholders and enables execution against security and privacy standards across the organization. The privacy manager is expected to work across multiple technical and business-level teams, while enabling a team of subject matter experts throughout the business. In addition to working with business units, the role requires the ability to influence and collaborate with technical team members such as software engineers, cybersecurity engineers and systems administrators. 
The data security and privacy manager possesses a strong work ethic, and demonstrates analytical and critical thinking. Superior listening and communication skills, the ability to work well with business units and strong technical expertise are necessary for success. In tandem with security, legal and compliance teams, the data security and privacy manager solves complex problems and minimizes the company’s risk from gaps in process in privacy-related requirements.

What you do at Avant:

  • Build relationships with technical, legal and compliance teams to deliver privacy-by-design controls that are enforced by security engineering control deployments.
  • Regularly collaborate with the Chief Privacy Office to report on the company’s privacy posture to business leaders and department stakeholders.
  • Join forces with product and technology teams to ensure privacy principles are embedded in architecture, infrastructure and code. Work closely with business risk management, compliance, legal and internal audit teams to capture and track risk remediations.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact and subject matter expert for new and existing security and privacy regulations and required controls.
  • Support privacy-based implementations for business and regulatory requirements.
  • Participate and serve as a subject matter expert in security and privacy impact assessments.
  • Verify proper privacy controls and remediation initiatives are in place, where applicable.
  • Enable response to privacy complaints or requests for information and program gaps requiring resolution.
  • Supervise testing and validation of security and privacy controls across projects.
  • Oversee implementation of the security and privacy practices across all technical and business solutions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Why you are a fit for Avant:

  • 7+ years’ experience in security, privacy, data protection, risk management, compliance or information security administration roles.
  • Knowledge of regulations such as California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), etc., where applicable.
  • Knowledge of NIST issued frameworks and how security and privacy controls apply to them.
  • Experience facilitating security and privacy and risk assessments.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding and comprehension of a wide range of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Proven trustworthiness and history of acting with integrity, taking pride in work, seeking to excel, being curious and adaptable, and communicating well.
  • Self-starter requiring minimal supervision.
  • Excellence in communicating security, privacy, business risk and remediation requirements from assessments.
  • Keen interest in automating and integrating systems to support operational efficiency and minimization of human error.
  • Analytical and problem-solving mindset.
  • Highly organized and efficient.

Why Avant is a fit for you:
At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:
We value, support, and help each other grow
We are committed to active inclusion and diversity
We are transparent and believe the best idea wins
We succeed when our customers succeed
We get sh!t done… responsibly
And we keep it fun!
We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. While we believe the perks and benefits that we offer are terrific, nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of online lending.
Avant is an equal opportunity employer and individuals seeking employment are considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity), age, disability or genetic information or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance.

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Location

Located on Chicago's scenic riverwalk, we're surrounded by trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and easy access to public transportation.

An Insider's view of Avant

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is positive and encourages fun, but also strives for growth through hard work and innovation. I would also say Avant is a “come as you are” environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, which leads to diverse viewpoints and great ideas.

Liz

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Because of the nature of my role, I’m constantly collaborating and working with other teams. Program management is like being a traffic cop, at the intersections of every vertical within the business unit; I stop and start traffic, provide estimates on travel time, and route drivers down the right street if they get lost.

Molly

Customer Success Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

The new projects we launch for our bank partners are really exciting because of all the learning opportunities they present. These projects require a substantial amount of collaboration between teams, so everyone is growing and learning from one another as we go. It's pretty awesome!

Marq

Tech Quality

What does your typical day look like?

70% of my day is working on code. 20% of my day is spent on unblocking other junior engineers or reviewing code. 10% of my day is in meetings. 100% of my day is spent having fun! =)

Hebron

Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a free gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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