Identity and Access Management Architect



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Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

🚀 Whatnot

Whatnot is a livestream shopping platform and marketplace backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and CapitalG. We’re building the future of ecommerce, bringing together community, shopping and entertainment. We are committed to our values, and as a remote-first team, we operate out of hubs within the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Germany today.

We’re innovating in the fast-paced world of live auctions in categories including sports, fashion, video games, and streetwear. The platform couples rigorous seller vetting with a focus on community to create a welcoming space for buyers and sellers to share their passions with others.

And, we’re growing. Whatnot has been the fastest growing marketplace in the US over the past two years and we’re hiring forward-thinking problem solvers across all functional areas.

💻 Role

The Customer Identity Access Management architect role (CIAM) is responsible for building solutions that enable Whatnot customers to securely authenticate, organize and manage their identities and profile data from one centralized place. Advance our customers' access to our applications and services by offering seamless access control mechanisms, advanced authentication methods, progressive profiling, and a consolidated identity.

  • Gather, share, and coach industry best practices for implementing customer identity and access in both front-end and back-end implementations.
  • Work closely with the Security team to identify broader security controls to reduce risk for the enterprise.
  • Collaborate in the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of applications that involve customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) systems and solutions.
  • Engage with engineers across the entire organization to leverage our authorization and authentication strategy and implementation.
  • Take ownership of features from start to finish, facilitating review and discussion with peers and partners to ensure features meet product requirements.
  • Work in close partnership with your engineering leaders to build out and execute everything from project design to engineering and security standards.

👋 You

Curious about who thrives at Whatnot? We’ve found that low ego, a growth mindset, and leaning into action and high impact goes a long way here.

As our IAM Architect, you should have a minimum of 7+ years of relevant experience in security, preferably in a large enterprise environment, plus:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • 7+ years of implementing identity and access systems in various coding languages.
  • Enthusiasm for scalable, reproducible security management.
  • Self-motivated and creative problem-solver able to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively across teams during high-stress situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and use good judgment to establish an order of priorities on the fly.
  • Understanding of IAM protocols and concepts such as SAML, OIDC, OAuth, and PAM.
  • Software development skills in languages such as Python.
  • Experience with Authorization frameworks for applications.
  • Experience in Security or building authentication and authorization products.


For US-based applicants: $215,000/year to $285,000/year + benefits + stock options

The salary range may be inclusive of several levels that would be applicable to the position. Final salary will be based on a number of factors including, level, relevant prior experience, skills and expertise. This range is only inclusive of base salary, not benefits (more details below) or equity in the form of stock options.

🎁 Benefits

  • Flexible Time off Policy and Company-wide Holidays (including a spring and winter break)
  • Health Insurance options including Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Work From Home Support
    • $1,000 home office setup allowance
    • $150 monthly allowance for cell phone and internet
  • Care benefits
    • $450 monthly allowance on food
    • $500 monthly allowance for wellness
    • $5,000 annual allowance towards Childcare
    • $20,000 lifetime benefit for family planning, such as adoption or fertility expenses
  • Retirement; 401k offering for Traditional and Roth accounts in the US (employer match up to 4% of base salary) and Pension plans internationally
  • Parental Leave
    • 16 weeks of paid parental leave + one month gradual return to work *company leave allowances run concurrently with country leave requirements which take precedence.


Whatnot is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, parental status, disability status, or any other status protected by local law. We believe that our work is better and our company culture is improved when we encourage, support, and respect the different skills and experiences represented within our workforce.