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Security Solutions Architect

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID141802BR
Job TitleSecurity Solutions Architect
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineITS
Service Line InformationOver 1,000 people make up KPMG Business Services and they all play a key part in the firm's success. Whether they're in finance, procurement, HR, facilities, marketing or IT, they provide crucial support to the people who work in our UK offices. Flexibility and adaptability. These are just a couple of the things KPMG looks for in its IT Services team. We're a function of KPMG Europe LLP and, as such, we're a group that constantly needs to deliver a highly-flexible, customer-focused service in response to the changing needs of the business.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
Job Title: Security Solutions Architect
Business Unit: IT Services
Grade: C
Reporting Manager: Design and Architecture Manager
Work Location: Watford
Travel Required: Yes

Role Synopsis:

- The Security Architect role sits within IT Services, reporting into the Design and Architecture Manager. The role is responsible for defining the security architecture and specifying the future state design for security across all environments, including :
- Data Loss protection technologies (DLP)
- Endpoint Protection
- Perimeter Security
- Access Controls
- Associated management tooling
- Cloud Security
- Plus other related technology investments as appropriate
Primary responsibilities include:

- Support the Information Protection Group (IPG) and Security Team in the evaluation and selection of Secuirty products
- Review existing processes and provide recommendations into operational teams to ensure appropriate controls are implemented
- Development and maintenance of technology roadmaps
- Creation and maintenance of technology standards and governance process
- Creation of high level designs and provide security input
- Gathering of functional requirements for new services, enhancement and/or upgrade projects
- Support for business engagement as the ITS technical authority for the specific area of technology
- Identifying and socialising technology opportunities and their application/relevance to business objectives
- Acting in an advisor capacity to the build team during the delivery of projects and solutions

Key Accountabilities:
The Security Architect is considered the IT Services authority on the architecture and design of solutions, services and capabilities related to their technology area. The role holder will act as an advisor across the ITS function and into the business providing insight, expertise and direction, with a business outcome led focus on technology.

The role will engage with IT leaders and stakeholders to understand the overall business strategies, plans, needs and objectives. The role will ensure that the strategy for Security reflects business objectives, is aligned to the IT strategy and considers new and emerging opportunities and developments in their field of expertise.

The Security Architect will understand the gap between current capabilities and the future state requirements. They will provide guidance on IT priorities and identify actionable deliverables to address the biggest capability gaps and barriers to meeting business demand and leveraging opportunity for strategic advantage.

The role will be responsible for establishing appropriate and relevant architecture governance and assurance for their technology area. They will be expected to analyse the degree of risk associated with decisions and will be required to identify the threats and challenges in the execution of change, pragmatically clarifying when flexibility can be applied and where (and why) there is a need to comply with assurance.

The architecture function is expected to innovate. The Security Architect will contribute to idea generation across IT Services, collaborating with other areas of IT Services, to leverage the knowledge and experience available through internal resource, partner organisations and business IT stakeholders.

The role will work with other members of the Architecture function to ensure dependencies are understood and considered in decisions and strategy, creating a complete and appropriate architecture landscape.

Specific responsibilities include:

- Influences and maintains governance and assurance for their technology area, championing the standards and principles to support business target objectives within the UK and with other international IT Services stakeholders
- Performs a lead technical role in projects that enhance the Firm’s capabilities in your area of technology. The role will be expected to influence the scope and approach of projects and assist other ITS functions in the delivery of successful outcomes. Through the lifecycle of projects, you will support early stage concept definition and be responsible for gathering functional requirements and creating high-level technical designs through to providing support during the build phase as appropriate.
- Promotes the IT Services capability, through the service catalogue when available, to deliver business demand, identifying opportunities for cost avoidance, reduced complexity and faster time to market
- Maintains a broad understanding of technology trends and opportunities to support the development of forward looking conversations with the business
- Engages other areas of IT Services into detailed conversations related to how technology can support new business opportunities
- Supports Business Analysts into the development of business requirements, providing advice and expertise on good IT practice to business stakeholders during the development of concepts, demand and designs
- Supports the transition of services from solutions into steady state operations through knowledge sharing and timing transition of build activities
- Contributes to the on-going development of the Design and Architecture Manager and Architecture discipline within IT Services, measured through the creation of new artifacts and process that demonstrably improves efficiency and effectiveness of the team.
Essential Criteria:

- Able to build strong relationships both within technical communities and the wider department and business.
- Must be able to work collaboratively and inclusively as part of a team
- Strong problem solving skills applied tenaciously, with a desire for clarity.
- Good communicator. Able to convey complex technical ideas to varied audience from senior stakeholders to supporting colleagues with a clear and concise approach
- Decision maker who is able to act on own initiative and seeks guidance as/when appropriate
- Resilience with high focus on ‘getting things done’ and fully completing any work undertaken
- High energy, flourishes in past paced, dynamic environments
- Customer centricity
- A passion for technology, its trends and their business applications
- Keen Interest in the firm and the overarching strategies at play
- Willingness to learn new tools, techniques and skills and willingness to share knowledge of and coach other Business Engagement Leads in the use of tools, techniques and skills
Qualifications and Previous Experience:

- Considerable experience in a broad range of Security centric technology, software and hardware, preferably in a regulated environment
- A track record of confidently developing, influencing and leveraging strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Used to working under pressure in environments with a high volume of change
- Previous experience of working in a matrix managed environment, reporting at senior level across multiple processes and management across a large and complex IT enterprise
- A track record of owning technology within the Security area would be distinct advantage

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

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