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Head of Security Architecture and Culture

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We have a brand-new role to fill within our Group Security Department: The Head of Security Architecture and Culture has overall responsibility for the Security Architectural vision and general approach to Security Education and Awareness throughout all our Admiral businesses.

About the team

The Security Architecture and Culture team is undergoing an evolution transforming into a global enterprise ready team. This will need hand a combination of detailed strategy development as well as strategic leadership. The Security culture element of the team is already well established, but by bringing it closer to our architectural strategy we hope to further accelerate our educational and awareness activities.

Job Purpose

The role holder will ensure that Security Architects and the Culture team are prioritising their work based on an up to date risk profile. They will set Security Architectural strategy in line with business requirements, and also own the development of the Security Service catalogue on behalf of the Group CISO in line with known risks and evolving threats

Main Duties

The Head of Security Architecture and Culture will ensure provision of:

  • Overall management of the Architecture team, including demand management of Security Architects and the Culture team.
  • Create the multi-year vision for Security Architectural transformation, including the adoption of a “cloud first” strategy. 
  • Design and Co-ordination of awareness and training programmes with the Culture team.
  • Advisory to the Security Improvement Programme on appropriate strategic direction and content, ensuring that the programme contains a balanced portfolio, prioritised by risk assessment. The Head of Architecture and Culture will agree priorities in collaboration with the Security Risk and Governance team and Programme Lead.
  • Ensure the adequate design of all technical controls managed and operated by the Platforms Operations and Engineering team.
  • Collaborative working relationship with IT Architecture to ensure the Security Architectural strategy directly supports the Business and IT architectural approach.
  • Handover to BAU completed for all technical services before go-live operation.

Experience and Qualifications Required

The Head of Security Architecture and Culture will be a highly experienced Security professional with extensive Consulting and management experience operating at a senior level.

Must have proven experience of influencing Technology strategy at Senior Manager level.

Essential skills

  • Strong Technical grounding
  • Extensive Architectural / Security Architectural experience
  • Thorough understanding of Security Risk with the ability to make pragmatic business focussed decisions
  • Strong focus on governance, and its implementation
  • Technical knowledge of security, with the ability to demonstrate practical application of controls
  • Strong attention to detail, with excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate constructively and confidently and work well with others.

Highly Desirable

  • Cloud Security strategy development experience (GCP/AWS/Azure)
  • Degree in a technical / security discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience of designing and implementing security in an Agile delivery environment

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 ( and Luke Tooze ( . 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.