Sr. Security Compliance Specialist

Security and Compliance | Remote, United States

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Avalara, Inc., (, is the leading provider of cloud-based software that delivers a broad array of compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes.

What is it like to work at Avalara? Come find out!  We are committed to the following success traits that embody our culture and how we work together to accomplish great things:  Fun. Passion. Adaptability. Urgency. Simplicity. Curiosity. Humility. Ownership. Optimism.

We are building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world. Imagine every transaction you make - every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping. Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there is an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation.

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Security Compliance Manager to join our team.

Job Duties:

Supports compliance assessments across a broad range of programs, including SSAE18 SOC 1, SOC 2, SOX 404, ISO, etc.

Maintains Avalara's common control framework for the alignment of security controls across relevant security standards and frameworks.

Writes/revises, communicates, and ensures compliance with internal security governance policies, standards, and procedures.

Works with cross-functional teams, including IT, Human Resources, Vendor Risk Management, and Security to address potential compliance issues.

Partners with stakeholders across the company to improve and automate security controls in production and corporate environments.

Maintains compliance-related documentation such as wikis, FAQs, standard operating procedures, etc.

Maintains regular compliance metrics and KPIs to include in management reporting.

Supports compliance activities related to the integration of acquisitions.


Bachelor's degree in Business or Technology, or equivalent experience in technology companies

5+ years of experience in a security, legal, compliance, audit, or risk management role

3+ years of experience in project management

Professional experience participating in/conducting SOC 2 audits

Working knowledge and experience with security standards and frameworks (NIST, ISO, PCI, SOC, etc.)

Understanding of audit processes and methodologies

Demonstrable knowledge of IT, security concepts, strategies, and methodologies

Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills

Strong analytical and organizational skills are essential and required

Skilled in business risk analysis and making technical trade-offs between short versus long-term security and business goals

Self-starter, self-motivated, pro-active, and able to handle concurrent activities

Experience in collaborating and influencing cross-functional teams

Ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously

Proven ability to take ownership and deliver results in highly ambiguous environments

Preferred Qualifications:

5+ years of experience in program management experience

Experience in online or cloud services and/or technology industries is a bonus

Professional certifications such as CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIA, QSA, ISA

Experience aggregating data to build reports and dashboards using tools such as Power B.I.

About Avalara

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transactional taxes, including VAT, sales and use, excise, communications, and other tax types. We deliver comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are fast, accurate, and easy to use.

Avalara offers hundreds of pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications. Each year, the company processes billions of tax transactions for customers and users, files hundreds of thousands of tax compliance documents and tax returns and manages millions of exemption certificates and other compliance related documents.

Avalara’s headquarters are in Seattle, WA and it has offices across the U.S. and in Brighton and London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and Pune, India. More information at:

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

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