Director, Governance Risk and Compliance – M&A

  • Foster City, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging – where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world – helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.

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Job Description

The Director, Governance Risk and Compliance – M&A will be responsible for leading the up-front planning and subsequent execution of Cybersecurity initiatives that support the overall Cybersecurity acquisition agenda for acquired entities.  This hands-on position will serve as part of Visa's Cybersecurity GRC M&A team, providing oversight, coordination, and delivering the activities supporting successful risk management activities around acquired entities for VISA. This position interacts with a wide range of stakeholders both within Cybersecurity, Technology and also with cross-functional teams, including Enterprise Risk and Regulatory teams.  This position will report to the Senior Director of Governance Risk & Compliance.


  • Provide program management, Cybersecurity integration, and cross-functional execution of large-scale, high visibility initiatives associated to Cybersecurity Integration of acquired entities.

  • Partner with key Technology and cross-functional stakeholders to drive key program activities:

    • Develop integration plans across Cybersecurity functional areas

    • Track program budgets, forecasts and resourcing levels

    • Conduct program reviews across delivery teams

    • Provide executive management with program updates

    • Manage program risks & issues

  • Oversee the day-to-day aspects of key integration activities, including overall management of scope, schedule, and financial aspects of the activity.

  • Support Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) post-close integration for Cybersecurity deliverables.

  • Provide oversight to the cross-functional team of project leads including program-level guidance and direction.


Basic Qualifications

10 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters/ MBA/JD/MD) or at least 3 years of work experience with a PhD

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field. Masters or MBA in a relevant field a plus.
• 10-12 years of experience delivering complex, cross-functional programs delivering to time commitments with strong attention to detail experience in financial and/or technology industries a plus but not required.
• Experience in security, software engineering, risk management, compliance, information systems or other relevant field.
• Solid analytical and problem-solving skills ability to think strategically and drive decision making.
• Deep knowledge of security practices and controls applied to pragmatically address security risks.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish trust with internal/external partners.
• Organized, self-driven, and comfortable handling high-profile and complex situations.
• Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills. In particular, a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical and business issues and/or solutions to multiple organizational levels internally and externally as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

12 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 8-10 years of experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 6+ years of work experience with a PhD

• Demonstrated ability to manage through influence, but without direct management authority.
• Strong leadership qualities and organizational skills as well as the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities, assignments, and roles.
• CISA/CISM/CISSP, or similar certification a plus
• Consulting experience is a plus

Additional Information

Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.


Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

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