Governance, Risk & Compliance Manager


Irvine, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Legal
  • Post Date: 05/05/2021
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  • Company Address: 19900 MacArthur Blvd Suite 400, Irvine, CA, 92612

About Acorns

Acorns is a finance company that allows individuals to round up purchases and automatically invest the change. The proprietary financial engine allows customers to round up spare change from everyday purchases and invest these sub-dollar amounts into a professionally managed portfolio of index funds. One needs to connect any credit or debit card and a checking account, then spend money as usually to watch its portfolio grow with the market.

Job Description

Governance, Risk & Compliance Manager | Acorns

At Acorns, we're building a financial wellness system that enables everyday Americans to save and invest every day. We are transforming the category and recruiting a team that is relentless at fulfilling our mission. The Acorns team comes together every day to deliver a revolutionary product to its customers, the up-and-coming. If you thrive in an environment where you can push yourself beyond all previous thresholds of possibility, come join us at Acorns.

We are looking for a Governance, Risk & Compliance Manager to lead the tactical Technology Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) program across Acorns.  The ideal candidate will “roll-up” their sleeves to dig into details around all areas of risk and compliance including evaluating aspects of controls around people, process, and technology; identifying risk-based solutions and mitigating system technology control gaps; partnering with business, and other partners to support the Acorns’ growth and expansion. This role will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the management of Information Security policy framework in line with business objectives, laws, and regulations.
  • Developing and managing the execution and adoption of a Common Controls Framework.
  • Ensuring that controls are adequate based on laws and regulatory expectations and industry standards (e.g. SEC, FINRA, AICPA, SOX, GLBA, ISO, NIST etc.)
  • Ensuring successful collaboration and alignment with key business leaders (Technology, Information Security, Software Engineering, Finance, Compliance, and Legal) for all Technology compliance efforts.
  • Designing and implementing reliable and scalable governance gaps assessments to applicable regulations, and industry practices.
  • Executing a continuous compliance monitoring and auditing program with an emphasis on automation.
  • Overseeing the exception management process for Information Security policies.
  • Partnering with the Procurement team to execute an ongoing vendor monitoring programs to ensure technology and security risks are managed on an ongoing basis.
  • Driving accountability among various business functions and shared services by defining and implementing risk-based metrics.
  • Leading ongoing remediation activities in relation to audit, compliance, and assessment findings.

We're looking for an experienced GRC manager that loves learning new technologies and how to secure them, thinks creatively to solve complex problems, and enjoys working collaboratively. We’re looking for those of you who are inherently driven to identify and remediate risks.

This role has the option to be remote or based in our Irvine or New York offices.

You are not expected to have experience with all listed requirements. If you feel passionately about Acorns' mission, vision and values, please apply.  

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Introduce yourself to the various technologist and application development teams.
  • Learn about our regulatory, financial, SOC, and Information Security requirements.
  • Review existing Information Security policies and standards.
  • Familiarize yourself with our software development processes.
  • Familiarize yourself with our cloud infrastructure and databases
  • Familiarize yourself with our control environment and its maturity.

Within 6 months, you will:

  • Build the Common Control Framework based on regulatory, financial, SOC, and Information Security requirements.
  • Socialize key controls with various technologists and application development teams and assign responsibility for each Key control.
  • Coordinate a self-assessment for key controls and identify gaps.
  • Work with key control owners to develop remediation plans, and ensure remediations in a timely manner.
  • Socialize such standards with various technologists and application development teams.
  • Communicate progress on existing gaps and risks on a monthly basis to upper management.
  • Work with Compliance and help manage the SEC and FINRA technical requirements.
  • Work with External Audit and help manage the yearly Financial Audit process. 

Within 12 months, you will:

  • Become the technical compliance subject matter expert that technologists seek out for consultation.
  • Continue to evolve and mature the Common Control Framework.
  • Ensure the sustainability of the Key controls through automation, where possible.
  • Work with Compliance and lead the efforts related to SEC and FINRA technical requirements.
  • Work with External Audit and lead the efforts of the yearly Financial Audit process.
  • Assess, prioritize, manage, and communicate risk posture on a regular basis.
  • Mentor and coach junior members of the Information Security team.

What you will bring to Acorns:

  • 7+ years of experience in a compliance and regulatory role within a financial company.
  • BA or BS degree in a related field or equivalent practical experience; Computer Science, Business, Finance.
  • Internal and External Auditing experience
  • Cloud Computing and Cloud Security
  • Experience with regulatory and compliance frameworks (AICPA, ISO, SOX, GLBA, NIST, SEC, FINRA)
  • Security and Compliance certifications (CISSP, CISA, CIA)
  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal.
  • Ability to communicate objectives, plans, status, and results clearly.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to take sizable problems and break them into small meaningful pieces as well as being able to utilize data to derive insights from metrics.
  • Ability to develop relationships and partnerships at all levels of the organization, exhibit strong leadership and influencing skills.
  • Exceptional drive and precision in delivery.
  • A belief that your work is tied to your life's mission.
  • Optimistic about the potential of societal change

What we offer: 

  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • A comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family
  • Flexible paid time off
  • Numerous career possibilities that allow you to grow with Acorns
  • Talented and motivated team members who care deeply about one another, our mission and our customers.
  • The rare opportunity to create a new world. We inspire one another every day to do meaningful work that solves big societal challenges.

About Acorns:

Acorns is the leading micro-investing app in the U.S. It allows users to round up their daily purchases and automatically Invest the Change® into a low-cost, diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds offered by some of the world's top asset managers (including Vanguard and BlackRock). Founded in Newport Beach, Calif., by father and son team Walter and Jeff Cruttenden, Acorns provides a simple entry-point using the Acorns app on iPhone or Android. Customers accumulate fractional shares in one of five portfolios constructed by world-renowned Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Harry Markowitz. Acorns' smart portfolio algorithms automatically work in the background of life, helping users build wealth naturally, pennies at a time. From Acorns mighty oaks do grow.


With benevolence and courage, we look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming; beginning with the empowering step of micro-investing.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

Acorns believes diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental obligations that strengthen our team. We need a diverse, multi-disciplinary team to build a meaningful company and culture. 


  1. Lead with heart
  2. Make bold decisions
  3. Always build trust
  4. Never stop growing
  5. Find a way

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