Business Continuity Engineer

Security and Compliance Seattle, Washington Durham, North Carolina

Job Summary

Avalara is seeking a Business Continuity Engineer to join our growing security team. The successful candidate will be responsible for owning strategy and tactical execution of business continuity initiatives across Avalara's global presence. We are looking for someone who can work across functions and geographies to identify and mitigate business continuity risks. Successful candidates have direct experience identifying risks, managing a global program, and proven project management skills to keep a broad set of stakeholders informed. This position will report into the Corporate Security team.

Job Duties

  • Drive business continuity planning related initiatives across Avalara including business continuity plan maintenance, and remediation and mitigation efforts
  • Work with stakeholders across Avalara to understand their business continuity needs and requirements
  • Interact with customers and business partners to understand and respond to their BCP assurance needs and concerns
  • Identify gaps in technical and policy documentation that exposes business continuity risk
  • Partner with vendor risk management team to assess operational risks related to third party vendors
  • Maintain business impact analyses across departments and driving improvements to strengthen Avalara's business resiliency
  • Own business continuity testing across Avalara including defining and executing tabletop exercises
  • Regularly report business continuity readiness to leaders and senior management through reports, dashboards, and PowerPoint
  • Develop and provide training to teams across the company
  • Track, investigate, and assist in any crisis management incidents
  • Monitor news and alert services to identify events that could impact our offices and/or employees


  • 4-6 years of hands on business continuity or crisis management experience including planning, implementation, execution, and maintenance
  • Experience with business continuity risk management methodologies (e.g., ISO 27001)
  • Experience running tabletop exercises for cyber incident simulation
  • Experience conducting physical emergency preparedness exercises
  • Strong project/program management skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills with the ability to tailor messaging to the intended audience
  • Experience working with Amazon Web Services or other public cloud providers
  • Experience translating legal or contractual requirements into technical controls
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous hands on experience managing companies and leaders through crisis incidents
  • Experience in the design, delivery, and implementation of vendor risk management processes
  • Knowledge or experience with any of the following areas: identity and access management, cloud hosting providers, database administration

About Avalara

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other tax types. The company delivers comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions designed to be fast, accurate, and easy to use. The Avalara Compliance Cloud® platform helps customers manage complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities throughout the world. Avalara offers more than 600 pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications, making the integration of tax and compliance solutions easy for customers. Each year, the company processes billions of indirect tax transactions for customers and users, files more than a million tax returns, and manages millions of tax exemption certificates and other compliance documents. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and overseas in the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India. More information at

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US 
Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.