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Swindon / Remote
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£70,000 - £75,000

The opportunity

The Head of IT Security is a leadership role accountable for the operation of security controls to protect computer systems, applications and infrastructure within The Openwork Partnership. Managing a team of cyber security and first line reporting specialists you will also work closely with the Head of Infrastructure and Cloud, Head of Architecture and change teams to help shape and maintain the security of our systems, infrastructure and applications. Also working closely with CISO and wider Governance and Assurance function, you will be responsible for defining and developing a cyber security strategy that aligns with policy requirements and is reflective of the changing threat landscape, ensure all new systems, applications and infrastructure are secure by design or subject to formal risk acceptance where they are not, contributing significantly to the technology strategy and playing a key part in helping to deliver the overall business strategy, ensuring that security is seen as a business enabler within technology and the wider business.

Our systems are primarily built using the Microsoft stack with a desire to make increased use of cloud technology including but not limited to Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365. As such you should have demonstrable knowledge of security within such environments and a keen interest in fintech.

The individual should possess prior hands-on experience and will have kept up to date with the latest security threats and product trends. You will be building the function largely from the ground up and as a result you will need excellent people and communications skills to develop the existing team members and recruit more if necessary.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring security systems and controls are in place to protect openwork and our partnerships data in accordance with security policy requirements.
  • Be an expert in the field and work with other technology teams to embed security in day-to-day operations, designs and implementations.
  • Keep abreast of emerging threat types, active threats and ways to protect Openwork systems against these.
  • Overseeing the response to, and management of security breaches working closely with an outsourced SOC and the internal teams.
  • Understand the needs of Openwork and our Advisers while suggesting security improvements.
  • Accountable for the timely collation of first line security assurance metrics for inclusion in the Governance and Assurance security risk dashboard
  • Document and operate security risk management process in alignment with the Openwork Information and Cyber Security Risk Management Framework
  • Working with our Governance and Assurance function, business change and the wider technology teams to oversee the security testing of existing and new systems, networks and software and where required work with Lead Project Change Security Consultant in shaping the scope, content and schedule of any externally requested penetration tests.
  • Overseeing audits and ensuring the quality of reports prepared by the team for 1st line assurance purposes
  • Managing performance of teams
  • Budget control
  • Managing contract, outsource,FTE operational and development resources to ensure security policy requirements are met
  • Producing and communicating resource plans to ensure operational security controls are operated and managed effectively.

What will you need to succeed?

We are looking for applicants who are pragmatic, highly motivated and with a strong cyber security background. You will be ambitious and be looking to continue your career progression; previous roles you may have held will include IT Security Manager, Head of IT / Cyber Security. You should also be aspiring to develop past this role to a C-Suite role in the future. You will have a clear understanding of security risk management principles and recognise the importance of first, second and third line assurance responsibilities and their operation. You will have excellent communication skills and have natural leadership skills, confident in building and mentoring development teams. 

We are looking for candidates with proven security experience across financial services or similar regulated industry sectors. Professional qualifications such as CISSP or CISM would be beneficial as would hands on experience with Azure Sentinel and other security tools e.g. vulnerability management, malware, web filtering, firewalls etc.

Why The Openwork Partnership?

We're a dynamic, fast-paced and growing business with huge ambition. This is all made possible by the brilliant people who are part of The Openwork Partnership family. We're investing heavily in our colleagues, continuously striving to give them the platform to develop personally and professionally and reach their full potential.

We’re also very proud of our culture, as one of the Best 100 Large Companies to work for in 2021. The Openwork Partnership values and respects individuality and we are committed to building an inclusive culture and environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will bring your best self to work if you are trusted to choose when, where and how you do it.

On top of offering a modern workplace with bags of development opportunities, we also offer a highly attractive benefits package to reward you for your hard work. This includes a competitive base salary, an industry-leading annual bonus, enhanced pension, critical illness cover, income protection and a range of other flexible benefits

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