Head of Information Security

Palo Alto

Gen Z is the generation of the side hustle. 💪🏻 They’re creators. 👩‍🎤 They’re freelancers. 🧑‍💻 They’re investors. 👩‍💼 And they’re not afraid to take on challenges, especially when it comes to their finances - and we’re here for it.

Step is a next generation financial services company building a better banking experience to help teens and young adults achieve financial independence and knowledge at an earlier age. We’re on a mission to improve the financial future of the next generation and empower teens to start their financial journey today. Step is a well-funded Series C company that has raised more than $175M, focused on disrupting the banking industry through a differentiated mobile-first consumer experience.

Teens and families love our product. We eclipsed 1.5M customers in just six months. If you’re looking to join a fast-growing company with a strong mission and vision that puts people first, we want to meet you!

The Role

Information security is paramount to what we do. Step is looking for the Head of the Information Security responsible for product and company information security. This is an opportunity to start early, build a security program at Step, and hire/lead the Information Security Team. You are a self-starter who is comfortable working cross-functionally with other teams across Step.


  • Develop, implement and monitor a strategic, comprehensive information security and IT risk management program
  • Security architecture: Planning, building, buying, and rolling out security software
  • Security operations: Real-time analysis of immediate threats, triage
  • Be a security subject matter expert and respond to any internal security engineering questions/request
  • Work with other teams to help architect solutions that are inherently secure
  • Effectively balance security risk and product advancement
  • Oversee penetration testing
  • Build threat models


  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or a related technical field
  • 5+ years relevant work experience
  • Well versed in Cloud Infrastructure and Mobile Application Security

Core technologies we use 

  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Kubernetes Engine
  • Backend: Kotlin, Java
  • Mobile: React Native and Typescript

Working at Step

  • Competitive salary based on experience, with full medical and dental benefits 💸
  • High potential for growth 📈
  • Stock in an early-stage startup 🤩
  • Flexible WFH and vacation policy 🏝
  • Employee referral program 👯‍♀️👯
  • Monthly stipend for Step Card testing ☕️
  • 401K plan 💪🏻

The team

Step was founded by financial industry veterans CJ MacDonald and Alexey Kalinichenko to provide teens and their families with financial tools for today’s modern-day banking needs and to promote financial literacy for the future. The founding team has 50+ years in combined financial technology experience across companies like Gyft, First Data, Square and Google.

About the team