Head of IT Security and Compliance

University of Exeter - Information Technology

The University of Exeter is one of the UK's most prestigious universities and among the top 1% in the world and Exeter IT is a key enabler for this vision and key to delivering the University's Values and its world class reputation and supports the growing ambitions for education, research and professional services. What makes Exeter IT different? Its defining characteristics: strong leadership, active collaboration, forward thinking, and delivering at pace, and exploiting the opportunities from changing technology to enable the University to thrive in an increasingly digital environment.

As Head of IT Security and Compliance you will;

  • Establish and lead the IT Security & Compliance capability that develops the strategy, policies and procedures for information security, risk management, audit and compliance to protect the University's IT systems and information assets, and to meet regulatory and legal obligations as well as academic and professional services expectations.
  • Support the Assistant Director of Strategy & Architecture, and the University's Governance & Compliance Office in the development and enforcement of security policies, standards and practices, and assessing all aspects of technical and security risks and the business impact, and ensure vulnerable information is acted upon.

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Recent significant experience in information security management and/or related functions (such as IT audit and IT Risk Management) in a commercial environment, demonstrating business acumen, balancing financial, quality, people and customer expectations.
  • Knowledge of the standards pertaining to the area of Information Security, such as ISO27001/2, Cyber Essentials, PCI-DSS.
  • Excellent understanding of IT and digital systems and their vulnerabilities.
  • Proven ability in information security management and assessment of risks.
  • Proven experience of leadership and project management.

Full details can be found in the job description and person specification here.

This new leadership role will be core to implementing new services and ways of working within the IT department and across the institution. The successful applicant will bring a proven track record in leading and influencing change within a large, complex and agile environment, with the ability to contribute positively to organisational development at a strategic level.

This role offers a fantastic opportunity to make a significant difference to the University and its strategic plans on one of the most beautiful and botanically interesting campuses of any UK University.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, and a cycle to work scheme.

For further information, please contact Ian Tilsed (Assistant Director - Strategy & Architecture), email I.J.Tilsed@exeter.ac.uk, or telephone (01392) 725385.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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