Security Program Manager



Dublin, Ireland
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024

At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there.
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0.
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Security is a primary competency at Coinbase, and the Security Team keeps a watchful eye over every aspect of it. Every day, we go to battle against some of the most sophisticated attackers in the world to protect billions of dollars worth of digital assets and ensure that our customers and employees can enjoy a safe, trusted experience. As Coinbase scales globally, we continue to enhance our foundations to meet the ever-changing capabilities of the crypto economy and ensure we are well-equipped to protect the next billion users of crypto.

The Security Programs team aims to be “cohesive tissue” for critical initiatives as a strategic partner with the Security team and broader business to drive security outcomes. We are tasked with maintaining an objective view of cross-functional initiatives, and helping leaders across the organization ensure resources are prioritized towards the right initiatives while ensuring that those initiatives ultimately mitigate risk. Our team is composed of Project Managers, Program Managers, and Technical Program Managers who work cross-functionally to maintain Coinbase’s “Most Trusted” brand by driving Security initiatives that protect Coinbase and our customers.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

As a Program Manager II within the Security Programs team, your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with program sponsor and cross-functional Security partners to document opportunities, challenges, and risks related to traditional and novel Security domains.
  • Objectively assessing opportunities, challenges, and risks using qualitative and quantitative factors.
  • Leveraging analysis to propose prioritization of scope, roadmap, deliverables, and budget for new initiatives with a focus on driving cross-functional initiatives that incrementally increase the state of program maturity over time.
  • Working closely with program sponsors and cross-functional teams to influence buy-in and adoption of critical initiatives on roadmap.
  • Rapidly identifying and escalating risks to enable proactive collaboration and timely resolution.
  • Providing program status to Security and Program leadership, ensuring transparency.
  • Communicating with Security and Program leadership to articulate program strategy, direction, and changes.
  • Concurrently manage multiple critical projects including:
    • Establish and update milestones, risks, and timelines to facilitate cross functional collaboration.
    • Understand current state of various cross-functional workstreams as well as dependencies.
    • Understand cross-functional requirements for deliverables and definition of done.
    • Hold teams accountable for deliverable quality and completeness.
    • Clearly assess and communicate the impact of delays to the overall project timeline.
    • Providing program status to Security and Program leadership, ensuring transparency and collaboration.
  • Leverage retrospectives and other tools to propose opportunities for process and program optimization with a focus on achieving outcomes efficiently.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • A bachelor’s degree or master's degree in a related field
  • 5+ years experience as a program manager or related discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in security, risk management, compliance, information systems or other relevant fields
  • Strong understanding and proven experience of formal program management methodologies
  • Working knowledge of and experience in cyber/security domain
  • Exceptional skills in time management, facilitation, communication, and organization
  • Ability to translate complex concepts simply for varied audiences
  • Experience managing cross-functional teams and stakeholders

Nice to haves:

  • Professional certification such as PMP, CISSP and CISA is a plus
  • Working knowledge of and experience in the technology and/or financial technology industry
  • Experience or participation in the cryptocurrency industry
  • Advanced understanding of Google apps, JIRA, Looker and SQL

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