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Senior Cyber Projects Specialist

Apply now Job no: 062370
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: England - Newcastle, Scotland - Glasgow City Centre, Remote - work from anywhere within the UK
Categories: Specialized Business, Digital

Business Unit: Information Security & Resilience, D&I
Salary Range: £41,600 - £52,250 DOE
Contract Type: Permanent

Join Virgin Money as we transform our team into one that is ready to meet the challenges of the future, setting us up to support our ambition to disrupt the status quo and turn traditional banking on its head. We’re on the lookout for like-minded individuals and innovators to help drive our strategy forward. We’re also transforming how we work, offering our colleagues more choice, control and flexibility to live and work how they choose with A Life More Virgin.

Here’s what it means for YOU:

  • 38.5 days annual leave for all colleagues (including bank holidays and pro rata if part-time)​
  • Five extra paid well-being days per year​
  • A 35-hour working week
  • 20 weeks paid, gender neutral family leave (52 weeks in total) for expectant parents and those looking to adopt
  • Market leading Pension & Private Medical Insurance
  • Flexible benefits including Cycle to Work, Wellness & Health Assessments and Critical Illness
  • Ability to work anywhere in the UK​ (where the role allows)

And you get these Red-Hot Rewards from day one!

We currently have an exciting opportunity within our Cyber Projects team a Senior Cyber Security Specialist to join our Cyber Projects team. If you like a fast-paced role that will challenge you, then you may have just found it! We're looking for self-motivated enthusiastic individuals, who have a real passion for cyber security, and are ready to make a real difference to a successful team.

You will become part of the dynamic Cyber Projects Team within the Information Security & Resilience function. The Cyber landscape is constantly evolving, and with this so too are security threats and risks. You will have an important role in protecting the Bank and its customers working across several the Bank’s change initiatives and provide security expertise to Business and Technical stakeholders at all levels. You will take a leading role in ensuring that security controls are delivered inside Projects and change initiatives in line with business risk appetite in relation to 3rd party supplier risk, as well as technology solutions. 

The role is all about…

  • Provision of end-to-end Cyber Security advice, guidance and direction to all projects and business change activities.
  • Performing 3rd party due diligence and onboarding from a security perspective for new suppliers or where there are changes to existing supplier services, contract renewals and supplier exits, identifying any supplier risks and supporting key aspects of supplier governance from a security perspective.
  • Working collaboratively across the Information Security & Resilience team, as well as the wider Bank, to ensure cyber risks and threats are appropriately managed on change initiatives.
  • Defining appropriate security requirements and controls to mitigate identified security risks across change initiatives.
  • Influencing the right security risk outcomes for the organisation in line with risk appetite.
  • Lead Security Design Clinics and Project Security risk/issue reviews within the project lifecycle.
  • Driving compliance with Information Security Standards, as well as Legal, Regulatory and Scheme security requirements.
  • Ensuring that security requirements and controls are implemented by working closely with Design, Build and Test teams, as well as Business Stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Ensuring robust assessments of proposed 3rd party services or software to ensure that security risks are identified and appropriately mitigated or managed within the Group’s risk appetite.
  • Ensuring that relevant security risks are identified and articulated to a high standard for review in line with risk appetite.
  • Assuring key controls through the coordination of 3rd party security testing.
  • Supporting the development of the Technical Specialist team members by providing mentoring and SME support.
  • Performing a lead role within the team and act as a point of escalation into the Cyber Projects Manager.

To be brilliant you must have...

  • A passion for Cyber Security and risk.
  • Experience of 3rd Party Risk Management from a security or IT perspective.
  • Strong working knowledge of Information Security principles and key technical solution approaches.
  • Practical experience of Information Security domains and control frameworks.
  • Practical experience and application of risk management principles and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of information security related policy, standards and methodologies and associated information security legislation.
  • A strong delivery focus, able to balance and successfully deliver across a wide range of deliverables, to several stakeholders who may at times have competing priorities.
  • A flair for influencing, persuasion and presentation.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence change at all levels.
  • An aptitude to quickly assimilate and understand complex changes in order to efficiently present information to identify issues and consider solutions.
  • The ability to engage a range of stakeholders to influence decisions to improve security across the company.
  • Proven ability to make sound pragmatic decisions and judgements under tight timelines, within a dynamic and fast-moving environment.

We’d love it if you had, but not essential….

  • Professional Information Security Qualification, for example CISSP, CISM, CISA, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA.
  • Working knowledge of best practice Security Standards and Principles, including ISO/IEC 27001, NCSC Security Cloud Principles, NIST, PCI DSS etc.
  • Experience of using Prevalent or similar 3rd Party Security management tool.
  • Experience of working within an agile project development environment.

We really need you to have the skills and experience listed in the ‘To be brilliant you must have’ section above, but the rest is just our wish list, so please don’t let that put you off applying, we’d love to hear from you!

Inclusion at Virgin Money

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our careers team at

Now the legal bit…
Living A Life More Virgin allows our colleagues to be based anywhere in the UK (if the role allows it) but we will need to you to confirm you have the Right to Work in the UK.

If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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