Senior Cyber Security Architect

Location Manchester
Discipline: Internal
Job type: ZZZ-Do Not Use Cover Required
Contact name: Lee Quinn

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Job ref: 007042
Published: 16 days ago

Senior Cyber Security Architect

Band B

Home Based/Manchester Hub


Hiring Manager is Lee Quinn.


Role Purpose:

The Cyber Security – Senior Security Architect has accountability for leading the designing, delivering and maintaining the IT Security solutions across all Bank IT projects whilst ensuring strategic alignment to the overall Bank IS Strategy. The role will also actively govern both internal and third party design resources to ensure Security solutions meets end to end design, standards and design patterns.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Leads Security Consultants to provide consultancy into the organisation;

*       Geography – Staff in sites across the Northwest;

*       Responsible for leading the development of IT Security solutions and design across the Bank Change and Integration portfolios.

*       Is the liaison between IT Security and the Bank IT Architecture group;

*       The Cyber Security - IT Security Assurance & Consultancy team are the technical lead and point of escalation of all complex security issues for projects / programmes spanning internal and third party supplier organisations;

*       Security technical design authority for the Bank; and

*       Leads with a strong focus on team development, performance management, and goal setting.

  • Lead security design and governance for all aspects of IT technical solutions on all Bank programmes and projects – producing innovative solutions that align to overall Bank strategy;
  • Leads the team responsible for the development of IT security architectural patterns to provide effective and cost efficient solutions design and development;
  • Ensures development of IT security technical designs to provide effective and cost efficient solutions design and development;
  • Ensures development and management of the IT Security Roadmap, including briefing of stakeholders;
  • Responsible for ensuring project IT solutions are fully integrated end to end (Business and IT), adhere to the Bank Technical Controls, are fit for purpose and maximise value;
  • Contributes to the definition of Security Strategy for the organisation and is responsible for ensuring the correct implementation of the strategy on programs / projects;
  • Leads the relationship the Security team have with other architecture and solutions stakeholders e.g. Bank IS Solution Design & Testing;
  • Provide expert advice, consultancy and guidance to the Bank Business, Change and IT managers to ensure solutions adhere to the Bank Security Strategy and Architecture;
  • Accountable for driving high performance through continuous process improvement;
  • Lead and participate in the development of policies, standards and procedures, applying appropriate governance and rigour to ensure industry and Bank best practices are followed by all project members; and
  • Maintain knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements relevant to the domain.  Govern security architectural compliance with those requirements.
    • The primary focus of the Senior IT Security Solution is being proactive, and taking responsible for leading the initial design of solutions for programmes / projects and subsequent governance against that design.  In addition the Senior IT Security Solution provides a technical escalation point for Bank / IT where complex production incidents require technical guidance;
    • The role holder leads all project Security Review Board (SARB) meetings. This board is responsible for the governance of project solutions and is empowered to sign off IT security solutions at all stages of the project lifecycle;
    • The role holder will function as the Security Technical Design Authority for the Bank with sign off of Level 2/3 designs; and
    • Escalation of high impact technical decisions to Head of IT Security Assurance & Consultancy/Chief Information Security Officer.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • No requirement for formal qualification, but will need strong intellect, likely to be evidenced by good University degree or equivalent professional qualification; 
  • Extensive technical knowledge in Networking, Distributed Systems, Mainframe, UNIX, Web and Mobile together with Identity and Access Management, Cryptography, Authentication, Network security inc Firewalls and IDS, End point and device security and Vulnerability management. CISSP or other technical network / security qualifications are desirable;
  • Extensive experience of development and application of security architecture (both business and technical) in large, complex programmes of change;
  • Extensive knowledge of architecture frameworks and models (e.g. Zachman, TOGAF, SABSA);
  • Strong consulting and influencing skills, including excellent presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal/relationship management skills with the ability to communicate effectively at senior levels, both written and oral;
  • Must have the ability to communicate IT & Security concepts verbally and in writing to influence senior and non-specialist audiences;
  • In-depth understanding of how to translate complex business requirements into IT Security solutions;
  • Ability to translate IT opportunities into practical, commercial propositions including business case development;
  • Knowledge of Bank’s business and strategic issues and how these translate into IT Security issues;
  • Broad understanding of current external trends;
  • Commercial acumen and business focus;
  • Full lifecycle experience in leadership roles on major application development or systems integration projects (e.g. application architect, technical architect, Project Manager, Consultant); and
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the Financial Services industry.