Group Director of Infrastructure & Security (Put On-hold)

Location Buckinghamshire
Discipline: IT Infrastructure & Support, Technology Management
Job type: Permanent
Salary: 130k per annum

​A Leading Hospitality/Retail Group based in Buckinghamshire is in a rapid growth phase and is seeking to onboard an individual with the skills, experience and dynamism to help deliver projects in a fast-paced retail environment on a permanent basis.

About the role

As Group Director of Infrastructure & Security you will be an effective leader liaising with other parts of the business working closely with the CIO, Country Directors of IT and IT Heads of Department on ensuring Group Global Standards and Strategy is designed and delivered for their current and future business needs around cyber security and network standards.


  • Establish and execute strategic, comprehensive enterprise information security program directives and plans group wide, including any and all country-wide information security training efforts to ensure that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information is owned, controlled or processed in a manner compliant with Group IT Policy and relevant regulatory authorities

  • Develop and maintain group information security policies, standards, guidelines and oversee the dissemination of security policies and practices; identify knowledge gaps to increase district awareness of relevant information security practices.

  • Provide leadership and guidance on information security topics, advising and collaborating on security processes, business continuity, and disaster recovery plans.

  • Ensure that system and application security design is in accordance with Group IT Policy; consult with Local IT teams to ensure that security is factored into the evaluation, selection, installation, and configuration of hardware, applications and software.

  • Lead investigations of any actual or potential information security violations and manage escalation of security events.

  • Monitor external threat environment for emerging threats and advise relevant stakeholders on appropriate courses of action.

  • Provide regular reporting on current state of information security program to the CIO and others senior managers as appropriate.

  • Establish metrics and reporting framework to measure the efficiency, effectiveness, and maturity level of the program.

  • Liaise with relevant business units (such as Internal Audit, Law, Finance, Safety & Security, Risk Management, HR teams), and external agencies as needed to ensure that the company maintains a strong security posture.

  • Work with system administrators and application developers to audit, monitor and validate their environment's security, including conducting gap analysis and other comprehensive internal assessments of existing systems to improve the security infrastructure and mitigate risks.

  • Provide oversight to the architecture and engineering of new security systems; including the evaluation of technical designs.

  • Demonstrate Global Leadership and support all IT COE, IT Directors & Heads of In Country

  • Support the build (and lead) a global team of Infrastructure Security and Security Operations Centres of Excellence

  • Supports the development of technology & products ensuring technologies are safe implementation.

  • Support technical resources and ensure they are geared towards delivering secure and safe business change at pace

  • Safeguards that prevent security breaches and keep all group company and customer data secure

  • Identify the need for upgrades or new products that provide assurance, as per a clear strategic plan

  • Assist in building relationships with vendors and overseeing all IT contracts to ensure they are secure

  • Work with the Group CIO and function on delivering group strategic initiatives and standards

  • Chair Group COE meetings for Networks and Security and provide country input for group reporting

Performance measures:

  • Performance of the Group

  • The Group Leadership Team and directors are cler that the IT Strategy is aligned with Group business

Qualifications, knowledge, and experience:

  • Proven experience as IT director or similar role

  • 10+ years of experience in Security, managing and defining strategic technical long term roadmap

  • Demonstrated regulator and compliance audit initiatives

  • Multi-site hospitality and or retail experience.

  • Excellent understanding of computer systems, security, network and systems administration, databases and data storage systems, and telecommunications systems.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with teams across the entire organisation

  • Excellent leadership and decision-making skills

  • Strong documention and project management skills

  • Experience of managing a large IT budget effectively, commercially aware

  • Experience in analysis, implementation and evaluation of IT systems and their specification

  • Excellent organisational, stakeholder and leadership skills

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

  • Degree educated in computer science, engineering, or relevant field

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal ability with a diverse Team.

  • Being able to work with a team.

  • Attention to detail

  • Being methodical and organised.

  • Having competent knowledge about company and business they are working for.

  • Being flexible and creative

  • Having excellent written and spoken communication abilities.

  • Having competent project management skills.

  • Being able to prioritise projects and tasks.

  • Ability to work under pressure & meet tight deadlines

  • Has high levels of passion, and sense of humour

  • Can energise others - influence, develop and coach

  • High integrity, can make the tough calls and challenges the status-quo

  • Taking ownership – treating the business as if we own it

  • Resilience - ability to deal with stressful situations

  • Values focused, We Care, We Deliver, We are a Team

Competencies, Operating style, and behaviours:

  • Organisational skills with a keen focus on getting things executed - “Can Do!” and proactively setting the agenda

  • Proactive and Self Motivated

  • Is obviously passionate about their responsibilities.

  • Is obviously passionate about their role

  • Can influence others

  • High integrity and confidentiality.

  • Analytical

  • Diligence & commitment

  • Works well and is calm under pressure

  • Delivery focused

  • Aspires to grow in role

  • Passionate about technology

Other information:

  • Grade A

  • VC based with travel to all parts of the UK and IRL

  • Tesla Company car / opt out option

  • Expenses paid

  • Full driving license (required)

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • Stakeholder Pension