Head of Security Governance

Location:  Cambridge, GB
Category:  IT

Head of Governance - Group Security

Full Time, Permanent
Salary:  £46,000 - £62,900

Location: Cambridge


Bring your governance expertise to help us shape, grow and evolve.


An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced governance leader to join the Group Security function at Cambridge Assessment.  The successful candidate will lead the security and resilience governance team to ensure that we are compliant with legal, regulatory and certification requirements. 

Group Security is still in its infancy and is growing and evolving, so it is the perfect time to join and influence direction and purpose of this function.  Created to ensure that a holistic approach to security is adopted, the successful candidate will create and deliver on strategic plans, ensuring maximum benefit is realised on an international scale.


Group Security is focused on protecting and providing resilience to Cambridge Assessment’s people, information, assets and premises globally.  The successful applicant will be responsible for providing objective and accurate assurance on Group Security’s outputs and will be leading the creation and development of the governance capability for Group Security. 


You will be the Group’s Subject Matter expert of Security and resilience governance, and will be comfortable in creating and maintaining strategic governance plans. Key to the success of this role will be your ability to lead, mentor, coach and develop the governance team, but first of all your task will be to build the team!


Working internally and externally with auditors, you will create and manage the audit schedules, and lead all continuous improvement activities within Group Security and other large support functions, you will be responsible for the risk management process, the security awareness program and the coordination of security working groups.


What we’re looking for 

  • Proven experience of managing governance is essential.
  • Experience of managing governance for security and business continuity is highly desired, but experience in other disciplines / professions are welcomed.
  • Qualifications in risk and / or risk audit such as Management of Risk (MoR) or Institute of Risk Managers (IRM) are highly desired. 
  • Qualifications in IT governance, such as CRISC or CISA are highly desirable.
  • Experience of implementing and maintaining ISO27001 and ISO22301 certification.
  • Experience of managing internal audit functions and hosting external audit functions.
  • Experience of leading and managing audit findings through to satisfactory remediation.
  • 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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 04/05/2018.

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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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