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Junior Security Analyst

Prodigy Finance, Cape Town

Funding shouldn't be a barrier to education, so they're revolutionizing international student loans.


Prodigy Finance - who we are

Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.

This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$500 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 150 countries.

Our team of over 180 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.

We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, RMIH, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

This role is perfect for a Security Analyst who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.

The sense of impact and reward will be huge.  You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world.  Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 150 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools. 

We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately.  You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company.

Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in Cape Town.

One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.

Why join Prodigy Finance

  • Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
  • Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding – exponential growth. Happening right now
  • Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
  • Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
  • We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
  • Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise
  • Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world

What you will do in the role

As a growth company in the fintech space we’re often working with cutting edge, cloud-based technologies, where traditional security models don’t always work. You’ll assist in securing our infrastructure as well as play a part in improving what we already do. This is a great position if you’d like to get involved with innovative tech, have an exploratory mind, and want to work with many other teams and levels of seniority!

Specific responsibilities will be to:

  • Manage on-site premises and cloud IDS/IPS systems
  • Work closely with IT support and cloud infrastructure teams to roll out security-related infrastructure/solutions
  • Assist in reviewing security of third-party cloud platforms
  • Work with metrics and data to filter out suspicious activity, finding and mitigating risks before breaches occur
  • Perform internal security audits
  • Analyse security breaches to identify the root cause
  • Adapt to ever changing requirements and system changes
  • Automate security related infrastructure

What you will be measured on

  • Ability to maintain and manage on-site and cloud systems
  • Ability to work with multiple teams
  • Ability to work on tasks concurrently
  • Ability to collaborate with many different third-parties and service providers

What you need to be great at

  • Comfortable working through problems of varying complexity where there is often no “right” answer
  • Securing systems, ranging from user machines to cloud infrastructure
  • Keeping aware of better solutions, or new ideas, to increase security
  • Be flexible and proactive

Who we are looking for; track record must haves

  • 1 - 3 years of professional experience working in a technical cybersecurity-related position or cloud system administrator position
  • Thorough understanding of networking, firewalls and system security
  • An understanding of the TLS protocol
  • Competent Linux, Mac and Windows system administration skills
  • Detail oriented with an analytical mindset and have the ability to manage multiple requests for support at a time
  • Experience with incident response
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)

  • Competency with basic scripting using either Bash, PowerShell or Ruby/Python
  • Able to manage a SIEM solution
  • Understanding of application security concepts
  • Interest in penetration testing or ethical hacker based activity
  • Computer forensics analysis
  • Relevant security-related certifications
  • Experience in securing cloud infrastructure

The Prodigy Finance fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy 

To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:

Innovative + Smart

Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.

International + Accountable

Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.

Energetic + Fun

Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.

Do you want to be our next Junior Security Analyst?  Here’s what to do now: 

If this sounds exciting and you'd like to have an informal chat, get in touch below and tell us why you want to work at Prodigy Finance.

About Prodigy Finance

The Prodigy Finance Story

Prodigy Finance was started by three INSEAD MBA graduates who experienced the difficulties of financing an international degree first-hand. In 2007, we decided to solve this problem.

Our innovative platform offers loans to international postgraduate students attending top universities. Through our community platform, alumni, impact investors, and other private qualified entities invest in tomorrow's leaders whilst earning a financial and social return.

To date, more than $318 million in Prodigy Finance loans have been disbursed to over 6,800 students around the world. Over 80% of our borrowers tell us they had no other way of financing their studies, so we like to think that we're helping educate the world.

We believe funding shouldn't be a barrier to education.

Want to learn more about Prodigy Finance? Visit Prodigy Finance's website.