Head of IT Security – Permanent – Edinburgh – up to £150K plus benefits (Flexible working)

This is a permanent role with a financial services organisation in Edinburgh. In the role of Head of IT Security, you have responsibility for the information security function. The role works across CISO, CIO and business areas to provide IT Security services and processes which protect the organisations customers, systems, assets and organisational data against technical threats. You will be leading a team of analysts and SMEs in IT Security, Access Management and Data Leakage teams to implement and maintain security systems and processes for the organisation.

In the role you are accountable for:
· Pivotal in setting the strategy and agenda for IT Security systems within the organisation, looking at market trends, emerging technologies and emerging risks to ensure we are protecting the organisation against cyber threats.
· Accountable for the effective and efficient operations support of all internally managed IT Security infrastructure used to support all areas of the enterprise.
· Management of several 3rd party suppliers of security services and technologies, ensuring quality of service and value to the organisation.
· Operational service leadership for IT Security technologies.
· Overseeing the delivery of a range of projects related to improving the security posture of the organisation and delivering new tools and processes for the IT Security function.
· Using management information, relay key security metrics and messages across technology and business areas to improve compliance with security requirements such as patching, vulnerability management and Access Management.
· Providing subject matter expertise in Security and Access Management, ensure Security and IAM controls are current and managed appropriately across the organisation.
· Highlighting control failures or risks at a senior level in the organisation, attending Risk and executive forums when required.
· Accountable for ensuring security is implemented within new internal systems prior to implementation and running regular security testing.
· Working with Audit, Risk and external auditors on audit and risk reviews and ensure audit and risk actions managed to their due dates across the IT Security teams.
· Coaching and mentoring others to support the development of the organisation’s talent pool and ensuring progression of security analysts and specialists within the team.
· Managing and reporting on performance within the department or area of responsibility; setting appropriate performance objectives for direct reports and holding them accountable for achieving these; taking appropriate corrective action, where necessary
· Ensuring the function adhere to ITIL processes for managing change, incident and problems to the required standards and SLAs.

Skills/Experience required:
· Extensive experience providing expert competence in Security and Access Management.
· Experience of planning, managing and organizing resources within short / medium timescales within the overall policy framework.
· Information Security and Management (CIISec A).
· Incident Management, Investigation & Digital Forensics.
· Excellent understanding of ITIL framework.
· Robust experience leading technical teams and managing technical platforms.
· Experience of leading and implementing technical projects.
· CIISP or CISM would be preferable.

This role is urgent in nature (1 Month notice period is fine). Please email your updated CV in word format to Mitesh Fatnani.


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  • Date Added: Wednesday, 12th January 2022
  • Closing Date: Friday, 25th February 2022
  • Job Code: 89709
  • Contact: Mitesh Fatnani