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Sphera, the former Operational Excellence and Risk Management business of IHS Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability processes. Our software allows customers to automate processes, monitor emissions, ensure regulatory compliance, and track chemical inventory throughout a manufacturing cycle. We were recently spun off by IHS and acquired by Genstar Capital, essentially positioning us as a start-up tech company with $100 million in annual revenue and over 3000 customers in 70+ countries.


At Sphera, it is more than just a job.  If you are looking to help change the world and challenge status quo while growing your career, you might find some interesting opportunities to pursue whether for you or to refer a colleague.

Director, Information Security and

Sphera is seeking a Director of
Information Security that will be responsible for expanding and maintaining an
Information Security Program that contains the following directives:


  • Policy
    development and policy enforcement

  • Organization wide
    risk management

  • Compliance and regulatory
    requirements that align with current organizational risk posture




  • Self-starter,
    able to drive tasks to completion independently.

  • Execute strategic
    comprehensive enterprise information security program directives and plans to
    ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Sphera Data

  • Collaborate
    with business and functional leadership to identify information security risks
    and build treatment plans that result in risks reduced to acceptable levels.

  • Develop and
    maintain information security policies, standards, guidelines.

  • Direct the design
    and deployment of security controls to meet risks facing the organization.

  • Provide
    leadership and guidance on information security topics, advising and
    collaborating on security processes, business continuity, and disaster recovery

  • Identify and
    manage system and application security risks and build processes and controls
    to enhance security.

  • Lead
    investigations of any actual or potential information security violations and
    manage escalation of security events; assist with related legal matters
    associated with such events as needed and make recommendations to correct or prevent
    future incidents.

  • Establish and
    manage metrics and reporting framework to measure the efficiency,
    effectiveness, and maturity level of the program.

  • Liaise with
    relevant business units (such as Internal Audit, Law, Finance, Safety &
    Security, Risk Management, HR teams), and external agencies as needed to ensure
    that maintains a strong security posture.

  • Work with system
    administrators and application developers to audit, monitor and validate their
    environment’s/application’s security, including conducting gap analysis and
    other comprehensive internal assessments of existing systems to improve the
    security infrastructure and mitigate risks.

  • Provide oversight
    to the architecture and engineering of new security systems; including the
    evaluation of technical designs.

  • Validate the
    effectiveness of security controls within the organization.

  • Research
    commercial and open source solutions to determine the effectiveness within the




of Education Required


Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in
Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field.CISSP Certification Preferred.


Type of Experience and Number of Years


of seven (7) years’ experience in an Information Security.

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • VB.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • OracleDatabases


We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Sphera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit


Social Marketing Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I respond to design questions, consult on small self-contained design tasks with small deliverables, collaborate with other teams to ensure internal UX consistency, and make large strides on the main deliverables that will bring Sphera to the forefront of UX excellence in the EHS sector.


UX Designer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Sphera’s marketing team sets the bar high. There’s so much respect for what each person brings to the team, and we encourage creativity and thought leadership. Through cross-team collaboration, we work to design innovative campaigns and solutions. Our commitment to delivering results and having fun while doing it is what drives our success.


Director, Product Marketing

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.


Chief Technology Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our Team tries to collaborate by aligning on goals and share with the other dev teams to initiate the support from collaborators. We regularly share the summary of our work to create a place where others can easily find this information.


Quality Analyst

What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

Sphera Benefits Overview

Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Pair programming
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
Pet Insurance
Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
Performance Bonus
There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
Paid Holidays
Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
Commuter Benefits
We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
Company Outings
We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
Stocked Kitchen
The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours occur at the office or out on the town...it just depends.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
Professional Development Benefits
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