Head of Crypto Custody Operations

Start-Up Digital Asset Exchange

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  • / Frankfurt
  • / Permanent
  • / Competitive Salary
REF: RH10839

Head of Crypto Custody Operations

Frankfurt – On-Site
Opportunity to Grow a Team from Scratch!

This impressive and exciting start-up digital asset exchange is currently seeking a Head of Crypto Custody Operations to help them build and operate Custody.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Crypto Custody Operations Leader to take that next step into a challenging and high-potential position within an ambitious and rapidly growing company.

About the Company:

With a key focus on developing products and services for the digital assets sector, this company have helped reshape traditional exchange to benefit asset holders, enable traders and increase market integrity.

This forward-thinking company increase the accessibility of digital assets for investors through a new style of exchange. Their mission is to make trading with digital assets more rewarding and secure. And their vision is to be the most innovative, respected, and trusted leader in crypto.

Founded just this decade, they have already grown to have more than 300 employees with offices in Europe, Asia, and North America.

About the Head of Crypto Custody Operations Vacancy:

This individual will be involved in process development and documentation including key ceremonies, operational playbooks, responses for various compliance, and certification processes (ie: ISO 27001, SOC 2 Type 1/2, SOX, etc).

Position Responsibilities:

  • Own Custody operations during European business hours. Ensure smooth operations of the business whilst ensuring strict adherence to asset security, regulatory compliance, risk management and information security frameworks.
  • Work seamlessly with external counterparties and internal teams to solve issues relating to Custody operations.
  • Continuously analyse and evaluate existing processes to propose improvements to boost operational efficiency.
  • Work with Custody operations peers and product, Development and Security teams to build and refine the strategy for the future of the Custody platform.
  • As the Business expands, build a team of Custody Operations Specialists in line with the goals, values and principles of Bullish.
  • Monitor and optimise asset movements and related processes, and coordinate between teams and stakeholders to resolve any issues in an efficient and expedient manner.
  • Develop and maintain a deep working knowledge of our competitors’ offerings and the challenges and opportunities within the fast-moving landscape of the digital assets industry.

Ideal Requirements for the Head of Crypto Custody Operations Vacancy:

  • Several years managing an operations team in a successful, high-pressure and fast-paced environment.
  • A couple of years in cybersecurity, consultancy, software engineering, or computer science with a focus on security, finance, and/or blockchain.
  • A strong belief that the security of Custodial assets comes first, and a willingness to say NO if you feel that is being compromised.
  • Solid understanding of the digital asset industry, and the role of a custodian.
  • The flexibility to work as part of local and global teams, and with colleagues located across different time zones, jurisdictions and cultures.
  • Knowledge of cryptographic algorithms, APIs and Tools including public key cryptography or hardware cryptographic devices (tokens, HSMs, etc).
  • Be a self-starter with strong business acumen.
  • Ability to work independently and with application development, quality assurance, DevOps, and security teams
  • Knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and concepts
  • Experience managing vendor relationships
  • Basic knowledge of Bash scripting, Python and NodeJS languages
  • Excellent communication skills in German and English
  • No criminal conviction and must not be insolvent.

Optional but Desirable Competencies:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g. Computer Science, Engineering, IT, Cyber Security etc.) is highly desirable.
  • Experience in banking, healthcare, or other regulated environments and/or certification and compliance standards including SOC 2, ISO 27001 or FINRA.
  • Hands-on experience with blockchain technology including Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOSIO, and others including building and conducting transactions, smart contracts, and multi-party transactions.
  • Experience with Ansible, Docker, Rest APIs, Linux, Terraform, Buildkite, PKCS#11
  • Development experience in Python or Java
  • Experience working with Bitgo or Fireblocks Custody solutions.
  • Experience with creating and managing MultiSig and MPC TSS wallets across multiple networks.
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