Director, Identity and Access Management


Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency and public blockchains for payments, commerce and financial applications worldwide. Circle platforms and products provide a suite of internet-native financial services for payments, treasury infrastructure and capital formation. Circle is also a principal developer of USD Coin (USDC), which has become the fastest growing dollar digital currency in the world. USDC has grown to over 44+ billion in circulation and supported over $1.7+ trillion in transactions in the past year. Circle’s payments and treasury infrastructure services available through the Circle Account and APIs helps bridge the legacy financial system and digital currency and blockchain based finance. Combined, Circle’s suite of services helps companies to participate in a more open, global and inclusive financial system.

What you’ll be part of:

With the mission “To raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of value,” Circle was founded on the belief that the internet, blockchains and digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient and integrated world economy.  We envision a global economy where people and businesses everywhere can more freely connect and transact with each other with new technologies for digital money and internet-native finance. We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people and companies everywhere. Our mission is powered by the values we espouse and which we expect all Circlers to respect. We are Multistakeholder, serving the needs of our customers, our shareholders, our employees and families, our local communities and our world. Furthermore, we are also Mindful, Driven by Excellence, and High Integrity.

What you’ll be responsible for:

The Circle Security Team works to protect Circle; our customers, clients, and partners; and the financial markets upon which we rely. As a senior leader within the Security organization, you’ll build and lead a team that is responsible for building a world-class Identity and Access Management (IAM) program while collaborating across Circle’s business functions.  You will continue to learn and stay current in a fun and rapidly changing environment.

What you'll work on:

  • Partner strategically with department heads and build functional relationships with peers across the organization to understand how identity and access are managed across all systems in the enterprise.
  • Understand and guide the maturation of all IAM processes including but not limited to access provisioning, access changes, access termination, and access reviews.
  • Work with constituents to build role definitions that meet business needs, implement the principle of least privilege, and avoid entitlement combinations that break segregation of duties controls.
  • Work with constituents to build, implement, and maintain a role-based access control (RBAC) model.
  • Develop and lead the execution of multi-year plans related to scaling IAM processes with the rapid growth of Circle’s business.
  • Build the team responsible for second-line oversight of all IAM functions.
  • As a technology leader with hands-on experience, develop a team with deep technical skills; coach and mentor individual contributors.
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure compliance with SOX, financial market regulations, industry best practices, and customer obligations.
  • Plan and lead initiatives to automate key IAM tasks using either industry tools or custom tools as required by the situation.
  • Develop and lead periodic control tests for IAM controls.
  • Collaborate with IT leadership and other teams to develop, integrate, operate, and maintain solutions, processes, and teams responsible for access administration.
  • Plan and lead threat modeling, risk assessment, security assessments, and security testing projects; collaborate with system and process owners to mitigate identified risks.
  • Research and recommend new tools in support of business requirements.
  • Lead the development and enhancement of security controls.
  • Write documentation such as procedures, reports, training materials, and user guides.
  • Support other security team projects such as regulatory exams and audits.

You will aspire to our four core values:

  • Multistakeholder - you have dedication and commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees and families and local communities.
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener and to pay attention to detail.  
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission and our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity and you work intensely to achieve your goals. 
  • High Integrity - you seek open and honest communication, and you hold yourself to very high moral and ethical standards.  You reject manipulation, dishonesty and intolerance.

What you’ll bring to Circle:

  • Proven experience building enterprise-class IAM programs at global companies.
  • Enthusiasm for scalable, reproducible security management.
  • Proven team building and team leadership experience.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively across teams with quickly changing priorities.
  • Self-motivated and creative problem-solver able to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and use good judgment to establish order of priorities on the fly.
  • Experience working with standards such as ISO 27001/27002 or the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in financial services or financial technology desired.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity or related field; equivalent experience also accepted.
  • Certifications such as CISSP, CISM, or similar will receive favorable consideration but are not required.
  • 10+ years of overall technology experience with a minimum of five years (can be overlapping) with a focus on cybersecurity.
  • 5+ years of management experience.
  • Experience implementing and integrating SaaS solutions to provide enterprise-grade security capabilities.
  • Ability to use Python to automate repetitive tasks is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack and Apple MacOS preferred. 

Additional Information:

  • This position is eligible for day-one PERM sponsorship for qualified candidates.

Circle is on a mission to create an inclusive financial future, with transparency at our core. We consider a wide variety of elements when crafting our compensation ranges and total compensation packages.

The compensation range for this role added below is specific to the location of this job posting. Actual starting pay is determined by various factors, including but not limited to: relevant experience, skill set, qualifications, and other business and organizational needs. Please note that compensation ranges may differ for candidates in other locations.

Base Pay Range: $185,000 - $260,000

Annual Bonus Target: 20%

Also Included: Equity & Benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)). Circle has a discretionary vacation policy. We also provide 10 days of paid sick leave per year and 11 paid holidays per year in the U.S.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Circle. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


We’re looking far and wide for the right people.

Circle is a remote-first company. We understand and value the work that can be done remotely. Through virtual-coffees, happy hours, trivia contests, and online meetups, we stay connected, learn from each other, and build lasting relationships with our colleagues. Post pandemic, we expect to meet one another in person for professional and social events; however, Circle will remain a remote-first company. As a global organization, we aim to find the best talent no matter where you are located, which is why we target a variety of cities across many time zones and continents. If you feel this job is right for you, select the city closest to you from the list below to apply.