Chief Information Security Officer

Nottingham Trent University


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    10 June 2019

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    Nottingham Trent University

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Nottingham Trent University (NTU) – An Introduction

At NTU we’re reimagining what a university can be. From claiming the title of Times Higher Education’s University of the Year in 2017, to being named The Guardian’s University of the Year for 2019, we’re turning heads, winning accolades and changing lives with our commitment to the success of each and every individual that studies with us.

We’re just as committed to our staff, too. With amazing benefits packages, career development opportunities and a vibrant and diverse working environment, NTU is an exciting and rewarding place to work. But don’t just take our word for it, see what our colleagues have to say about life at NTU for themselves.

We’re always evolving. We listen to our students, staff, and community and business partners, and are always striving to achieve more.

Chief Information Security Officer – Job Description

NTU is amidst an organisation-wide digital transformation programme which is revolutionising our approach to teaching and learning, driving continuous improvement in the entire student experience. As part of this programme we’ve created the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to ensure we continue to operate safely and securely in an increasingly volatile online world.
Reporting to our Director of Digital Technologies, you will be responsible for the definition, iterative development and implementation of a sector leading Information Security and Management organisation. Whilst current security provision works well for the University as it stands, there is a clear opportunity to take a strategic view and build a future focused function which will evolve as the University continues to transform and innovate. With the CISO as its ambassador, this function will sit centrally, increasing awareness and accountability for Information Security & Management in the wider organisation.

Your key stakeholders will be students and staff alike (c35,000 users in total) and you will benefit greatly from the strong, dynamic working relationships already established between professional services and academia at the University as you seek to engage widely to educate, influence and drive positive behaviours.

As CISO, you will contribute significantly to overall business technology planning, providing a current knowledge of and future vision for security technology and systems. You will drive external supplier strategy and management, ensuring alignment between the security stance you are promoting and that which your vendor base delivers. Furthermore, you will frequent key national and international information security fora, best practice and service organisations outside of the University to inform and consolidate your position, encouraging a steady flow of ideas and thought leadership into the organisation to maintain commitment to this strategically important discipline.  You will also liaise with external regulatory and law enforcement agencies on IT security issues and collaborate with similar post holders at other universities to maintain an understanding of best practice and common risks.

Closer to home, you will build and maintain relationships with Heads of College, Schools and Departments and technical staff, to enable an ongoing understanding of the University’s IT landscape, offering support and consultation as required and establishing your team as ‘go to’ people within the wider Digital Technologies function.  Ensuring  a joined-up technology and service organisation which is up to date, accessible and exists to enable progress and opportunity will be a key outcome. Together you will ensure effective day to day IT security operations and ongoing compliance, mitigating against existing and emerging threats.

Our Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for an experienced cybersecurity leader and gifted communicator who can devise, implement and adapt the policies that will protect our two greatest assets: our knowledge and our people.

Professionally qualified and with a track record of working within a risk or information security function, likely within a large scale, complex, data rich organisation, you will bring a forward-thinking approach to your day to day activity, seeking out influence and collaborating with others to define strategy and maximise cooperation. You’ll excel at building relationships with people at all levels of the University and be capable of working with (and earning the respect of) senior stakeholders. Crucially, you will be able to translate your high-level strategic thinking and planning skills to workable plans and training programmes, fully adapting as your remit and responsibilities grow and our Digital Technologies function evolves. 

This is a dynamic, exciting and strategically important role. If you satisfy these criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

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Closing Date for Applications Tuesday 11 June 2019 @ 12pm
Preliminary Interview at our Birmingham Officew/c Monday 3 June 2019 & w/c Monday 10 June 2019
NTU Assessment Process & Final Panel InterviewTBC Monday 24 July 2019

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 3 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Phillippa Dunlop: 0203 854 2203

Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745

Daniel Hassall: 01925 419982

Jason Hassall: 07506 723453