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Security and Compliance Manager

Primer AI

Aug 04

The world is changing at an accelerating rate. But we cannot take in the information fast enough, let alone make sense of it. We are fundamentally limited by the speed at which we read and write — the speed of human thought. The challenges facing decision-makers today require a radically new technology.

Primer is at the forefront of the natural language processing revolution. Our artificial intelligence platform is capable of reading text at a rate of millions of documents per hour, extracting information and updating a knowledge graph of billions of entities. It is capable of answering natural language questions and generating the first draft of natural language analytical reports in seconds. Our mission is to empower our customers by vastly reducing the cost of curiosity. What once took days of research can happen instantly.

Our customers include some of the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies in the world. You can learn more about Primer's technology and the problems we solve at our blog, as well as in recent media coverage of our work.

As the Security and Compliance Manager, you will support Primer’s National Security Group as the lead for industrial security and compliance with our government contracts. You will be expected to wear several hats, including serving as the Facility Security Officer (FSO) for Primer Federal and serving as the resident expert on compliance issues including but not limited to FedRAMP, ATO processes with the IC and DOD, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process for DOD. 

Working with Primer’s National Security Group leadership, you will be responsible for understanding and prioritizing security and compliance issues with business development goals.  You will also be expected to work cross-functionally across other parts of Primer, such as the Legal, Contracting, Information Security, Product and Engineering teams. In general, this role requires high levels of trust, autonomy, and balancing security requirements with delivery needs.

Primer’s National Security Group is made up of individuals with a deep knowledge of government customers and prospective customers, in particular, the US Department of Defense and the US Intelligence Community. The National Security Group is charged with building new customer relationships in concert with our business development colleagues, maintaining our current customer relationships, seeking opportunities to improve customer usage and satisfaction, and driving product development by channeling customer feedback back to Primer’s product and engineering teams.

What You'll Do:

  • Drive strategy and day-to-day efforts to navigate FedRamp and ATO processes for Primer’s products and technology. 
  • You will serve as the official FSO for Primer Federal.  While this doesn't require previous experience as an FSO, you will be required to complete any required training courses to obtain necessary certifications.
  • The FSO will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of industrial security processes and other compliance measures for all Primer Federal contracts.
  • You will organize and lead future security/compliance gap analyses and assessments, in a hands-on way by writing and pulling together documentation, diagrams, identifying/tracking tasks for internal Primer teams (e.g. Engineering, Product, etc.), and communicating with external stakeholders.
  • You will also be responsible for learning and understanding Risk Management Framework accreditation requirements for specific customer deployments, and be able to translate those requirements into an actionable project plan to meet customer timelines.
  • You will work with other internal Primer teams to lead the rollout of practical changes required for compliance - this would include gathering detailed IT needs and budget, thinking through and revamping processes, and being very detail oriented and ready to learn about technologies and trade offs between technologies.
  • You may potentially need to oversee other compliance programs (e.g. export compliance), creating training for employees and ensuring policies are being met.

Who You Are:

  • US citizenship required
  • Located in the DC metro area
  • Experience with FedRamp, ATO and RMF processes 
  • Familiarity with relevant NIST and CMMC requirements and frameworks 
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance 
  • 3+ years of professional experience working in or with the US Department of Defense or related US Government organizations
  • High emotional intelligence and ability to work cross-functionally across different internal teams
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills – you will be engaging regularly with internal and external stakeholders
  • Bonus points for CISSP/CISM certification, experience in knowledge of Department of Defense acquisition processes, software development cycle, key machine learning concepts, contract execution, proposal writing, consulting, or deploying quantitative solutions


What We Offer

  • A rapidly growing company, with plentiful opportunities to grow into leadership roles
  • 401K, Health, Dental, Vision Benefits to FTE's
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Smart, passionate co-workers who want to deliver the best outcomes
  • An honest and open environment for the exchange of ideas
  • Fortune 50 companies and globally recognized institutions as customers
  • Learning and teaching opportunities via individual book allowances, tech talks, and brown bag lunches
  • Team virtual offsites like escape rooms and company happy hours
  • Fun, puzzle-loving office (post covid) in the SF Financial District


Primer is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Please see the United States Department of Labor's EEO poster and EEO poster supplement for additional information.


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Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.