Director of Corp Security Architecture in Scottsdale at PayPal

Date Posted: 9/3/2018

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 244 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

The PayPal Office of the CIO is looking for a talented and highly motivated Director of Corporate Security Architecture with deep expertise across a variety of security architecture domains and the ability to craft and maintain a security architecture strategy and roadmap aligned to PayPal’s Information Security Office policies, standards, and threat profile. This individual will create and lead a team of direct reports responsible for working cross-functionally to design capabilities that protect PayPal’s corporate ecosystem. The leader and team will define, govern, and enforce security architecture best practices for services provided by the CIO organization. They will partner cross-functionally with our Information Security Office as well as leadership and engineering staff across the CIO organization to deliver solutions and mature controls required to mitigate threats. The role will achieve success by relying on their superior soft and hard skills to navigate and excel in our distributed and fast-moving technology culture. This person will take a role partnering directly with our leadership, business stakeholders, technologists, and security teams to strengthen our control environment and keep security in focus.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with CIO Leadership and Information Security Leadership to establish goals and target-state security architecture principles designed to keep PayPal and our employees secure.
  • Lead development of a roadmap designed to achieve and maintain target residual risk levels for the Corporate environment
  • Lead development, publication, and maintenance of CIO organization focused security architecture patterns and best practices that illustrate the target-state security architecture principles and help CIO personnel to harden their solution implementation and service delivery
  • Provide thought leadership to the immediate business and technology organization to influence improved control strength, deeper understanding of security essentials, and higher sensitivity to vulnerabilities.
  • Lead the team to develop a deep understanding of the business domain and enterprise technology inventory to discover potential gaps and develop roadmaps to close said gaps.
  • Continually analyze the organization to identify unnecessary complexity in existing security processes and procedures; work with service and application owners on mitigation strategies
  • Possess advanced understanding of the security elements of Cloud, Network, End User, Infrastructure and other elements of a major corporate ecosystem.
  • Provide regular high-level communications to the executive staff and detailed communications to relevant stakeholders
  • Lead the team to partner with Security Technologists, Development Managers, Program Managers, Architects, Lead Engineers, and Product Owners in scoping, phasing, and sizing major security capability and product launches
  • Investigate new security technologies and capabilities followed by putting together business cases for POC or deeper investment
  • Provide security mentoring to technologists.  

The candidate must possess the following skillset:

  • Must possess a proven track record of developing security solutions vision followed by communicating that vision with decision makers to make that vision a reality
  • Must exhibit strong leadership and technical skills
  • Must be passionate about delivering high quality experiences for customers 
  • Must possess a track record of innovation and execution in a high-pressure environment
  • Make timely, high-quality decisions, based on limited information
  • Proficient using industry standards and security expertise to establish best practices and strategic technical solutions.


The candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or other relevant technical degree required.
  • Bachelor's Degree required, MS/MBA degree or related experience preferred
  • 8+ years management experience in a technical organization
  • 12+ years related experience 
  • Certified Ethical Hack (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and/or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) preferred

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.