Head of Cyber Security at Athena

Full-Time, Technology, Sydney, New South Wales sydney full-time
Posted 23 days ago

Meet Athena, the Home Loan Wrecker
Athena Home Loans launched in 2019 to help Aussie borrowers save money and pay down their home loan faster. Athena’s digital mortgage platform radically simplifies the application process passing on the savings to customers as better rates. Customers switching to Athena are saving ~ $60,000 over the life of their loans. Since launch, Athena has settled over $3b in home loans, saved borrowers over $300m in interest savings – and grown to become one of Australia’s largest fintechs.
Athena has raised $200m in equity funding to date in four funding rounds from leading investors including AirTree Ventures, AustralianSuper, Hostplus, Macquarie Bank, Square Peg and Sunsuper. Most recently in 2021, Athena closed $90m in Series D funding – the largest ever Australia-led venture capital investment round.
As our Head of Cyber Security, you will report directly to the CTO. You will acquire a team of 2 and have the opportunity to flex your leadership skills to double your team size to 4 in your first 6 months. You will own and drive everything security at Athena.

You will:

  • Evaluate and implement new cyber security technologies and practices
  • Assist the Head of Engineering to ensure great security engineering practices. Contribute to technical design and architecture reviews for the Athena platform
  • Drive Athena platform cyber testing and assurance activities
  • Own the continued evolution of our threat detection capabilities
  • Lead the preparation and incident response for any security incidents and take full ownership of the security event monitoring strategy and operations
  • Work with risk, compliance and operations teams to ensure that our customers right to privacy is fully understood and being met
  • Work with Risk and Operations to continually enhance our fraud detection capabilities
  • Review and maintain security policies in line with relevant security standards and best practice
  • Lead any information security certifications Athena decides to undertake
  • Present to the board on information security risks, metrics and roadmaps
  • Work with third party cloud providers to ensure the suitability of controls implementation and assurance over the implementation of those controls on an ongoing basis
  • Partner with the workplace technology team to drive Athena’s workplace technology and the security posture of it
  • Lead security awareness training across the company
  • Work with product and design to build an offering that helps customers protect themselves and ensure we build both security and user experience into the customers experience

General responsibilities:

  • Work tightly with all Athena team members to design, build and operate the platform, ensuring a stellar final product
  • Provide leadership and management of all cyber security team members
  • Showcase the work of the security team inside and outside the company
  • Respond to any urgent operational issues outside of business hours
  • Provide guidance and leadership to the entire Athena team on security best practices
  • Create the guardrails that allow the team to move fast with high quality
  • Collaborate with everyone in an open and constructive way.
  • Act as a leader in the company. Bring positivity, energy and flexibility to help create a great start-up culture.
  • Maintain a culture of creativity and empowerment across the company

You have proven experience::

  • Attracting, hiring and retaining A players
  • Developing people inside and outside your team
  • Enthusiasm for Athena’s mission and technology
  • Can easily articulate and assess risks and tradeoffs
  • Experience leading a team or the desire and skills to do so
  • Must be able to work with peers at all levels
  • Ability to speak candidly, but with empathy and compassion
  • Anticipate company needs and what's next

Benefits and things we offer:

  • FinTech/Scale-up Opportunity
  • Full ownership of the security mission and ability to execute against that mission
  • Competitive salary + bonus + options
  • Flexible and casual working environment
  • Ability to work from home
  • Fantastic team culture

At Athena we are committed to a workplace that embraces diversity, equality, and inclusion. Athenians are free to let their own brand of freak fly.

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