Sr. Security Risk Manager

Security and Compliance | Seattle, WA, 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 Sr. Security Risk Analyst  to join our team.

Job Duties:

Manage Avalara's security risk management framework, including identification of new and emerging risks

Participate in corporate-level risk management activities, representing the security organization

Maintain and monitor the security governance exception process

Maintain and monitor the security risk register (includes operational risks)

Identify risks by role, software, information type, and other categories and help develop acceptable mitigation strategies

Perform risk assessments, draft reports detailing methodology, results, and remediation plans

Maintain a prioritized roadmap to address gaps and improve practices

Coordinate quarterly risk review meetings

Coordinate with service owners to assess risks and align controls across platforms

Evaluate known issues and partner to identify root causes and solutions

Communicate risk posture to leadership and stakeholders consistently

Develop and maintain a dashboard of key risk indicators


Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experience

5+ years of risk management experience, in FinTech or SaaS environment preferred

3+ years of work experience in IT Audit, IT Security, or IT Risk Management

Understanding of risk concepts, including risk identification, evaluation, mitigation, and measurement

Multidisciplinary experience in risk, compliance, and program management

Understanding of business continuity, disaster recovery, vendor risk management, data privacy, security compliance subject areas

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

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 working cross-functionally and globally, managing complex programs

Strong organizational and planning skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

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

High-level understanding of cloud platforms (AWS)

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

CISSP, CISA, CISM, or other security certifications

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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