Head of Information Security

Location:  Cambridge, GB
Category:  IT

Group Security – Head of Information Security

Full Time/ Permanent
Salary:  £57,300 - £77,400

Location: Cambridge


An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced information security leader to join the Group Security function.  The successful candidate will lead the information security team and the organisation’s management of information security across its global footprint.  The successful candidate will need to create and deliver upon strategic plans; developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and respective divisional leads to ensure that information security risks are identified, understood and proactively managed. 


The Group has recognised the need to develop its information security arrangements across the whole organisation.  The successful applicant will be heading the established information security team, which is now part of the newly formed Group Security function.  This new function was created to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to security and maximum benefit can be sought from a multi-disciplined approach to security.  Group Security is focused on protecting and providing resilience to Cambridge Assessment’s people, information, assets and premises globally.


What you will be doing


  • Creating and maintaining strategic information security plans in line with organisation and department objectives.
  • Be the Group’s Subject Matter Expert on information security for the organisation.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, coaching and development of the information security team (6 direct reports), who will report to this post. 
  • Identify, implement and manage technical and non-technical controls to support a strong information security posture.
  • Use risk management to support security activity and escalate matters to senior management.
  • Creating and coordinating security working groups to support colleagues and departments to achieve the required security standards. 
  • The creation and maintenance of information security policy.
  • Maintenance of ISO27001 certification.


What we’re looking for


  • Proven experience of managing information security is essential.
  • A strong information security practitioner.
  • Qualifications such as CISSP or CISM are essential. 
  • Qualifications in IT and risk are highly desirable.
  • Experience of implementing and maintaining ISO27001 certification.
  • Experience and ability to identify information security risks proactively, recommend mitigation and implement the solution. 
  • Ability to understand the business context and apply pragmatic, enabling security controls.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills.
  • Ability to form effective working groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to liaise with audiences at various levels/grades of the business and build a strong and credible reputation within the organisation.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision and have the initiative and drive to achieve continuous improvement whilst understanding when to refer to the Line Manager for guidance.
  • Positive, can-do attitude whilst remaining calm under pressure.
  • A collaborative and understanding approach to working.
  • Self-motivated and driven.
  • Uses own initiative to provide successful outcomes.




In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:


  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays 
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary) 
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme 
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers 
  • Cycle scheme 
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.


Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. 


Work/life balance is important to us here at Cambridge Assessment, and we offer all our colleagues a range of flexible working options, which suit both the business and the employee.  So please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.




Work/life balance is important to us here at Cambridge Assessment, and we offer all our colleagues a range of flexible working options, which suit both the business and the employee. So please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 04/03/2018  and interviews will be held on 12 March & 14 March 2018.

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As part of your recruitment process you will be required to undergo a background screening. This will be carried out by our selected supplier, Credence Background Screening Limited. 

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