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Security Technical Program Manager (Hybrid, San Francisco)



IT, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

Your impact

As a Security TPM at Handshake, you will be the point of contact for customer security responses, ensuring that customer concerns are addressed promptly and effectively. You will work closely with engineering, product, and other teams to ensure that security is integrated into every facet of our technology and operations. Additionally, you will be responsible for owning and managing Handshake’s third-party risk management program and responding to customer security inquiries. Your role will be pivotal in protecting our company and customer data from evolving cybersecurity threats.

Your role

  • Design and operationalize programs to achieve comprehensive product and infrastructure security vulnerability insight from internal and external emerging threats and risks.
  • Work with cross-functional teams of technical and non-technical stakeholders to interpret, communicate, and drive full lifecycle security programs.
  • Build programs, drive process improvements, and work with engineering teams and other stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to complex technical security challenges.
  • Build out Handshake’s customer trust program at scale.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for customer security inquiries and concerns.
  • Coordinate with internal teams to provide timely and accurate responses to customer security questionnaires and audits.
  • Conduct security assessments of third-party vendors and partners to identify potential risks.
  • Work with legal, procurement, and other teams to ensure security requirements are included in contracts and service agreements.
  • Develop and maintain documentation related to third-party risk management and customer security responses.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry best practices and regulatory requirements related to third-party risk and customer data protection.

Your experience

  • Experience in a technical program management role, preferably within information security.
  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams and influence the strategic direction of a hyper-growth environment.
  • Ability to set priorities and make high-judgment trade-offs between deliverables and speed-to-launch.
  • Proven experience in third-party risk management and customer-facing security roles.
  • Strong understanding of information security principles, frameworks (e.g., ISO 27001, NIST), and regulations (e.g., GDPR, CCPA).
  • Experience with security risk assessment methodologies and tools.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate complex security issues to a diverse audience.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.

Bonus areas of expertise

  • Experience with information security strategic planning and roadmap development.
  • Familiarity with security vulnerability management programs.
  • Knowledge of security frameworks and compliance requirements.
  • Relevant security certifications (e.g., CISSP, CISM, CRISC) are highly desirable.

Compensation range

  • $173,000-$185,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About us

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 750,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. In 2022 we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, London, and Berlin and teammates working globally.

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What we offer

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

Benefits below apply to employees in full-time positions.

  • 💰 Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼 16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝 Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻 Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚 Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500/€1,850 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.
  • 💰 Financial coaching through Origin to help you through your financial journey.
  • 🛜 Monthly internet stipend and a brand new MacBook to allow you to do your best work.
  • 🚃 Monthly commuter stipend for you to expense your travel to the office (for office-based employees).
  • 🥗 Free lunch provided twice a week across all offices.
  • 🤝 Referral bonus to reward you when you bring great talent to Handshake.

(US-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏦 401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off.
  • 🍼 Lactation support: Handshake partners with Milk Stork to provide a comprehensive 100% employer-sponsored lactation support to traveling parents and guardians.

(UK-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏦 Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝 Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.
  • 🤝 Regular offsites each year to bring the team together + opportunity to travel to our HQ in San Francisco.
  • 🛍️ Discounts across various high street retailers, cinemas and other social activities exclusively for Handshake UK employees.

(Germany-specific benefits, in addition to the first section)

  • 🏝 25 days of annual leave + 5 days of a winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off across the company.
  • 🤝 Regular offsites each year to bring the team together + opportunity to travel to our HQ in San Francisco once a year.
  • 🧘 Urban sports club membership offering access to a diverse network of fitness and wellness facilities.
  • 🛍️ Discounts across various high street retailers, cinemas and other social activities exclusively for Handshake Germany employees.

For roles based in Romania: Please ask your recruiter about region specific benefits.

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