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GRC Technical Risk Analyst

GitHub, Remote - US / Canada

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GitHub is seeking an individual contributor with an interest in growing their career in technical risk management to help support the GRC Risk Team. GitHub is committed to doing right by our customers and developing a highly effective control environment where risk is managed in a meaningful and sensible way that aligns with our business.

  • Do you love the challenge of diving into the details and learning why and how things work? 
  • Do you find yourself always figuring out ways to break things? 
  • Do you want to see The Big Picture, and find ways to collect and organize data to tell the story? 
  • Do you suffer from a compulsive need to document things and “get it down on paper”?
  • Do you agree that the organic power of mutually respectful discourse and collaboration is what makes the world go round?
  • And last, but most certainly not least, have you already answered the question "Why are we here?" with the GRC Truth, "Because Customers”?

If so, you might be the person we are looking for!

As part of the GRC team reporting to the GRC Risk Manager, you will work closely with your Risk and GRC peers to plan and track risk mitigation activities taking place across the company. Central to the team's culture is that of inclusion, transparency, and teamwork - we lift each other up to be successful! This is an excellent early career opportunity for an independent contributor to have a hand in elevating risk management and security as business and sales enabler as well as integrate a deeper understanding of risk management into the product and business space. 

Primary job duties include:

  • Represent GitHub’s culture, tone, and spirit of partnership with our vendors and technology partners as a key function of day to day work.
  • Document, organize, and track complex mitigation planning activities that result from product and feature risk assessments.
  • Collaborate with peers to surface problem areas and potential blockers early-on.
  • Gather and organize assessment results and data to support risk reporting and monitoring processes.
  • Contribute to the development of controls and continuous testing, design remediation and risk mitigation solutions, and collaborate cross functionally to establish high levels of automated testing and evidence collection.
  • Day to day execution of the Information Security Risk Assessment process for existing and potential vendors.
  • Contribute to the development of tools, automation, and practices to better support ongoing GRC services.

This role will communicate regularly with parties outside GitHub, and success in this role is tied to maintaining a positive impact on those relationships. Our ideal candidate takes an extremely pragmatic approach to risk management, functions as part of a growing team, and is able to balance the needs of a very dynamic engineering culture with that of protecting the company and customer data. 

This job is U.S. based and open nationwide, however, semi-frequent travel (<10%) to our San Francisco, CA headquarters, Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA, will be necessary for a remote worker. (NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions on travel, non-essential travel for GitHub employees has been suspended indefinitely).

Required experience:

  • 2+ years prior work experience in technical risk management, information security, audit and/or compliance efforts.
  • 1+ years prior work experience with the review of systems and solutions as part of an internal. risk assessment, procurement process, or other program.
  • 1+ years prior work experience with exposure to ISO, FISMA/FedRAMP, Cloud Security Alliance/STAR program, PCI, AICPA TSP/SOC, or other industry and regulatory frameworks.
  • Proven skills at organizing complex work efforts and tracking details that may vary on a week by week basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to and recommend adjustments to workflows.
  • Proven communication skills and ability to understand the value and drivers behind adjusting style and tone to audience.
  • Experience with collecting data with consistency and basic experience developing reporting or metrics to assess and report program performance using data analysis tools - Excel, Google Sheets, OpenOffice Spreadsheets, databases, or a comparable tool.
  • Strong independent motivation, high comfort level with written communication, use of chat tools and asynchronous communication skills.
  • The ability to partner with and effectively communicate with technical and non-technical employees, security, engineering and management staff.
  • Ability or desire to learn how to write basic scripts to automate assessments, evidence collection, and reporting.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Experience and Approach

  • Experience with team-centric mindset. Drawn to collaboration with a belief that we create a better result together. 
  • Mastery at digging into problems, answering questions, and assisting colleagues both within the GRC team and across the company.
  • Experience in an iterative, transparent environment where work is shared in draft stages and the belief of “Code speaks louder than words”.
  • Proficiency at working under ambiguous situations, with demonstrated drive to bring clarity using communication and independent research of existing documentation and resources.
  • Experience functioning as a business to technology translator and help bridge the business view of compliance and risk management to technical engineering and operations staff and vice versa.
  • Confident in ability to say "I don't know, but I will find out!" with a strong desire to learn.

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here: https://github.com/about/careers/remote

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.

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