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Security Architect

Business Role Type
Business Support Role
Business Support Departments
Security
Location
Cardiff
Salary
Competitive, based on experience, plus excellent Admiral benefits (including company shares and more)
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The Security Architect has the responsibility to understand the changing needs of the IT and business teams and direct the security architecture team to match controls, countermeasures and security strategy to the protection needs of a regulated financial services company.

The Security Architect will see the macro view, direction of travel and complexity of the contemporary IT landscape as an opportunity.  They will have the ability to create control roadmaps, generate threat led integrations between security products, and gain a measurable security improvement in each task they are involved with.  They will provide solutions that harmonise with IT and create enabling security functions that allow the business to innovate quickly.

Responsibilities

The Security Architect will:

  • Create and maintain component security roadmaps for the Group
  • Create patterns for deployment that simplify and accelerate the best practice for cloud
  • Identify opportunities to leapfrog traditional IT security challenges through automation and orchestration
  • Understand the changing nature of risk as the IT landscape evolves
  • Work with the Security Incident Response Team Manager to determine effective security detection and prevention approaches
  • Provide assistance to the platform and engineering teams, to ensure we maximise security value from existing purchases
  • Champion best practice methods for web application hosting and protection, endpoint management and software defined protection
  • Support budget planning and contract renewals to ensure the UK and groupwide business achieve the optimum balance of security against expenditure

Experience Required

The role would suit a technologist who has had an operational role in the past and understands the link between good technical controls and threat mitigation.  It would also be suitable to have proven experience in delivering security architecture and controls that sidestep the mistakes often made in the early stages of maturity.

Strong working knowledge of at least one of Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure is highly desirable. In addition, a security technical/computing degree is beneficial.

Good understanding of a recognised architectural framework such as TOGAF / SABSA is not essential but understanding when such frameworks provide value and their limitations is advantageous.

Further to this, you must have experience in developing control frameworks that meet recognised industry standards for large enterprises.

Demonstrable experience in security architecture, and design of end to end architecture lifecycles and patterns, within medium/large corporate organisations is required.

The ability to communicate effectively, constructively, confidently and professionally is key to the success in the role. 

Experience of working within a large complex corporate environment, a working knowledge of financial services and the typical business processes involved together with the threat actors and their relevant tactics, techniques and procedures would be of significant advantage.

The candidate should have a broad knowledge of security and a strong technical grounding, security certifications such as CISSP, CISM etc are highly desirable.

About Admiral

We're Wales’ only FTSE 100 company with forward-thinking approaches and endless opportunities to test, learn and grow. There's a reason we've been named a best place to work: Our progressive culture, core values, and commitment to diversity and inclusion has created a working environment where people share ideas, aren’t afraid to speak up and change things, and above all, are felt valued.

Based on innovation and organic growth Admiral has grown from being a small start-up into one of the largest car insurance providers in the UK. The company is constantly investigating new products, services and markets and is now in seven countries with a diverse product portfolio.

Admiral’s success goes hand-in-hand with having a strong people focussed culture. We believe that happy people make happy customers and happy customers help increase profits. Our philosophy is a simple yet effective one: people who enjoy what they do, do it better. 

We truly care about our customers, they are at the heart of every decision we make. We’re very proud of the innovative products we offer and level of service we provide. Everything we do acknowledges the needs of our customers and by recruiting the right people, we can continue to provide great service and ensure an excellent experience for our customers.

Admiral people work hard to keep us at the top of our industry, and are rewarded for it—with competitive pay, great benefits, a share package based on company performance, work-life balance opportunities, nearby fitness and health centres, and other special perks.

The Recruitment Officers looking after this role are Jessica Sutton (Jessica.SUTTON2@admiralgroup.co.uk) and Luke Tooze (Luke.TOOZE2@admiralgroup.co.uk) . If you’d like to know any more about the position, please feel free to drop them an email or give them a call on the Recruitment line - 0800 118 1619.

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