Head of Security

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Would you like to play a key role in leading our security programme within a complex and world class function? We currently have a vacancy for a Head of Security at our site in Portsmouth. (Remote location can be considered)

As a Head of Security, you will be the person responsible for strategic leadership and operational delivery of security across the BAE Systems Maritime Services Line of Business (LoB). The role provides oversight and direction for all aspects of security provision (Information & IT, physical and personnel Security).

You will bring a fresh approach and drive to the position which has a focus on protecting our company and customer information, IT and Info Security. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working and communicating with Director/Senior level stakeholders whilst providing guidance across a variety of complex disciplines. You will also have previous experience managing change and transformation for programmes which have developed improvements.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work within a function which provides some of the UKs most complex and high-profile defence programmes.

Your main responsibilities as a Head of Security will involve:

Leading the Maritime Services Security Function and business in protecting customer and company information and IT & management of other security risks to the business

Senior Leadership engagement to drive continuous Security Improvement and ensure effective governance of security

Executive sponsorship and management of a business wide ‘Security Improvement Programme’

Managing a range of senior stakeholders including the Senior Leadership Team and Programme management teams, to provide assurance that security is operating effectively as required by contracts, regulation and policy

Understanding business requirements, ensure security is postured to support business operations and support business in resolution of complex security challenges in order to best achieve the business’s strategic aims

Managing the budgetary spend, daily operation and professional development of the security Function within Maritime Services & co-ordinate wider security spend across all parts of the organisation

Acting as a point of escalation for critical security risk and incidents into the Senior Leadership Team

Providing assurance that Enterprise IT Services, Shared Services and outsourced security services are performing to agreed levels alongside locally managed security controls

Ensuring all security incidents are appropriately actioned to minimise loss, investigated and appropriate remedial action is taken

Ensuring threat information is gathered, understood and assessed to enable the business to proactively anticipate and respond to changes in levels of risk

Your skills and qualifications as a Head of Security:

Expert knowledge of information and IT Security with the ability to lead and inspire a cross-discipline security team and enable them to deliver effective security capability to the business

Significant direct experience in a security senior management role, including management of complex Information and IT Security contractual or regulatory requirements.

Ability to accurately communicate security risk implications at high levels of complexity across all levels of the business (including senior leadership), including to both technical and non-technical stakeholders and able to respond to challenge

Good commercial/procurement knowledge and demonstrated ability to develop and manage a functional expense budget, as well as co-ordinate wider organisational security spending

Relevant degree level qualifications across Information Security, risk management or wider security disciplines

Membership of sector related professional body or bodies (eg TSyI, ASIS, ISACA) and has a network within the broader security industry and/or government helping share best practise

Budget responsibility experience

Ability to lead the business response to any security incident or issue, to minimise business operational, contractual and reputational impact

What we're looking for in you:

Ability to drive the business forward, deliver communication with clarity, key stakeholder management skills, foresight.

Location: Portsmouth (Remote location can be considered)
Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.