CO-OP Financial Services

Principal Information Security Lead

Job Locations US-IA-Des Moines
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The Opportunity

CO-OP Financial Services is bringing digital transformation to the credit union movement. We’re creating innovative technology solutions that help not-for-profit credit unions best serve their members and compete with the big banks.  As a result, our world-class team is growing faster than ever! If you’re passionate about technology and want to be part of a purpose-driven organization, this is an exciting opportunity to provide real value and help shape the future of human-centered financial services.


We are seeking a talented Principal Information Security Lead to serve as a partner to the different business groups within CO-OP. The incumbent oversees the implementation of new projects, technologies and provides guidance to business units regarding business unit specific requirements around information security. This role identifies current and emerging information security of the organization and leads the implementation of solutions that address these requirements.


CO-OP uses a three lines of defense model and this role is within the second line Information Security team. This role is primarily an oversight and reporting role, and requires experience in Information Security as well as an understanding of technical/security concepts and controls. 

What You Can Look Forward to

  • Provide oversight of first line functions through activities such as:
  • Provides oversight of first line testing of key and general controls. Oversight includes reviewing the results of first line testing, validating a sampling of those results and confirming the reporting.
  • Coordinates, analyzes and reports on third party assessment testing, to include, but not limited to focused penetration tests and other assessments.
  • Coordinates and reports on inventory of security controls as well as periodic deep dives into how specific controls are implemented and recommendations for improvement.
  • Assess and report on the organizational security readiness:
  • Develops and leads the annual Information Security risk assessment via a Self-Assessment Questionnaire that is based on CO-OP Information Security Standards.
  • Develops and reports on status of projects and other activities in an executive-level format.
  • Consult and interpret Information Security requirements:
  • Consults with project management teams to determine alignment of security controls to the published CO-OP Information Security requirements. This includes providing oversight on the implementation of software, technology and products to ensure they comply with CO-OP Information Security requirements.
  • Develops an understanding of business goals and reframes risk discussions in simple solutions that are understandable at all levels of the organization.
  • Constructively engages business partners regarding information security issues.
  • Responsible for reporting risks that are identified to the appropriate team and/or management. Additionally, responsible for managing, monitoring and reporting risks within the scope of your work area, to include, but not limited to Information Security risks.

  • Actively supports and embraces our core values of Work as Partners, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Demonstrate Excellence and Champion Change in all interactions.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

  • Bachelor’s degree from four year college in Information Systems, Computer Science or related field plus up to 10 years’ experience working with information security requirements, or equivalent training and/or experience.
  • CISSP, CISM, GIAC or other equivalent certifications preferred.
  • Knowledge of Information Technology and Information Security concepts.
  • Experience in participating or managing program activities to completion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on the ability to effectively influence others
  • A team-focused mentality with the proven ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • An ability to communicate complex and technical issues to diverse audiences, orally and in writing, in an easily-understood, authoritative, and actionable manner
  • Aptitude for understanding internal organizational environments and their relationship to the external business environment
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to convey and articulate complex information.
  • Ability to build consensus and integrate people, processes, and technology in a fast-moving, growth environment.

Why Join CO-OP?

CO-OP is committed to fostering a workplace where every employee feels valued, respected, and connected. We are dedicated to understanding, attracting and engaging a diverse workforce where every employee can live up to their value; ensuring that our employee base reflects the consumers we serve. The result of this effort is an inclusive environment where diverse talent thrives.  You will be part of an organization that focuses on a strong culture and embodies the credit union movement philosophy of People Helping People. CO-OP’s commitment to reflecting our own core values and purpose extends beyond how we serve our clients and the products that we deliver.


With more than 35 years of industry leadership, CO-OP Financial Services is the largest, most comprehensive credit union service organization in the nation. CO-OP serves as THE credit union technology engine, bringing payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel to help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service.


CO-OP serves more than 3,000 client credit unions, with 60 million debit and credit cardholders, nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and more than 5,600 shared branches nationwide. Our vast technological ecosystem facilitates more than 6.5 billion transactions every year and equips credit unions of all sizes to deepen member engagement and prosper in the fast-paced world of fintech.

The Perks

  • Fun, challenging and, collaborative work environment with passionate colleagues that care deeply about the intersection of technology and human-centered financial services.
  • Great Work/Life Benefits – Paid Time Off (PTO), Maternity, Parental, Family Care, Adoption Leave Programs, Community Volunteer Time Off, and 10 Paid Holidays.
  • Health benefits – medical, dental, & vision plus wellness programs and gym reimbursements.
  • 401K with generous company match.
  • Tuition reimbursement.



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