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MassMutual Data Purpose and Protection Operations Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

Data Purpose and Protection Operations Lead

DPP – Data Purpose and Protection

Do you want to be part of a team that encourages your growth, supports your ambitions and makes it a priority for you to reach your goals? Is helping people part of who you are? At MassMutual, we help millions of people find financial freedom, offer financial protection and plan for the future. We do this by building trust with our customers by being knowledgeable problem solvers and prioritize their needs above all else. We Live Mutual.

If this sounds like a fit, we’re looking to hire a technical operations leader to be our Head of Operations function for the Data Purpose and Protection team.

Why we need you.

We’re growing and our clients deserve the best. As the Head of Operations Function for Data Purpose and Protection, you’ll have an opportunity to help us on the delivery and operational efforts within the Data Risk space at MassMutual. In this role, as well as all roles within MassMutual, you will demonstrate accountability, agility, a dedication to be inclusive, a strong business acumen, and will show courage, even in the most difficult situations. We also highly value strong communication skills, a passion for learning, leadership traits, resilience and self-awareness.

What success looks like?

  • Implement solutions to improve our data security posture utilizing ‘best-in-class’ technologies and frameworks

  • Serve as main point of contact for Data Purpose and Protection to assess MassMutual’s Data Risk posture, and limit known vulnerabilities and areas of exploitation

  • Lead assessments to determine alignment with our standards, compensating controls, residual risk and exceptions required

  • Demonstrated passion and talent for aligning security architecture, plans, controls, processes, policies and procedures with security standards and operational goals

  • Serve as a liaison with other key stakeholders, including Enterprise Cyber Security, Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure and Enterprise Risk Management

  • Define approach and methodology to expand the program in a systematic way, having a Governance-first mindset

  • Effectively manage a group of data professionals with a variety of functional and technical tasks

  • Innovation: Continually look within and beyond their job, anticipating business needs and opportunities

What your days and weeks will include.

  • Lead the support function to deploy and maintain tools owned by the Data Purpose and Protection team, mainly related to:

  • Encryption & Key Management

  • Data De-identification

  • Data Discovery, Classification, Tagging and Labelling

  • Thought leadership regarding current and future Data Protection technologies, while working with our internal customers to enhance the protection capabilities of those tools

  • Lead strategy to better utilize current toolset available at MassMutual

  • Educate the workforce on the operationalization of processes led by Data Purpose and Protection

  • Define and drive the implementation of KPIs to show progress related to implementation, usage of the tools, and link to overall risk reduction

  • Agile as a core value: adapt and thrive in complex, uncertain and changing situations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in information technology or associated discipline preferred

  • 15+ years of experience in data protection and information security

  • Hands on experience with end-to-end lifecycle for data protection security tools including implementation, upgrades, performance, design of operational processes, etc.

  • Proven record defining solutions to mitigate Data Risk within different technologies

  • Knowledge and experience with Encryption and Key Management solutions, Data Classification

  • Good understanding of Governance and Control requirements in complex developments and deployments

  • Deep experience in relationships across the 3 Lines of Defense

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to problem solve with little to no supervision

Preferred qualifications.

  • Familiarity with the applicability of privacy regulations and information security industry standards

  • Good understanding of data classification standards and inherent risks

  • Experience defining processes for troubleshooting

  • Cloud certifications: AWS Certified Solution Architect, AWS Certified Data Analytics, AWS Certified Security, or similar

  • Expertise with representative tools and platforms: AWS, Azure / O365, Microsoft E5, Vertica, BigID, Varonis, Voltage, Vormetric, Informatica TDM, Alation, Microstrategy

  • Looks for and finds ways to improve operations

Why Join Us?

We’ve been around since 1851. During our history, we’ve learned a few things about making sure our customers our top priority. In order to meet and exceed their expectations, we must have the best people providing the best thinking, products and services. To accomplish this, we celebrate an inclusive, vibrant and diverse culture that encourages growth, openness and opportunities for everyone. A career with MassMutual means you will be part of a strong, stable and ethical business with industry leading pay and benefits. And your voice will always be heard.

Does this sound like a great fit? Apply today!

MassMutual is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply. Note: Veterans are welcome to apply, regardless of their discharge status.

MassMutual is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply. Note: Veterans are welcome to apply, regardless of their discharge status.