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11 months ago
Location: Watford
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Architects Jobs
AutoReq ID 133699BR
Job Title Security Solutions Architect - Watford - C Grade
Country United Kingdom
Location Watford
Function KPMG Business Services
Service Line ITS
Service Line Information Over 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 Overview KPMG 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
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 (DLP)
Endpoint Protection
Perimeter Security
Access Controls
Associated management tooling
Cloud Security

Plus other related technology investments, where deemed relevant by the Design and Architecture Manager

Primary responsibilities include:

- Support the Information Protection Group (IPG) and Secuirty 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 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 role is also responsible for supporting Solutions in the high level design activities within programmes and projects, building a collection of patterns for common design criteria to support a responsive approach to solution scoping and execution.

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:

- Defines the Security architecture to protect the firms IT assets and infrastructure and manage the risk of data in our custody
- Develops and maintains product roadmaps for your area of technology, working with the Design and Architecture Manager to ensure overall alignment into the Firms technology strategy. The product roadmap will represent the evolution of the respective technology over a five year horizon.
- 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
- Establishes the lifecycle of related technical products and services. This includes ensuring the required architectural artefacts are created to support the build and transition of new services through operational acceptance into a ‘run’ state, with accountability for on-going management of solutions held by Service Operations
- 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. During build, you will be expected to advise the engineering team, without taking responsibility for the build itself (unless directed by the Design and Architecture Manager).
- Develops a good understanding of business process, services and objectives (strategic and tactical) and applies these within architecture and design activities
- 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
- Develops patterns from design activities, maintaining these within the departments quality management system, and promotes the re-use of these in future demand to enable rapid delivery
- Provides context and advice to business contacts on IT Services initiatives, engaging in the process of creating and developing new ideas
- 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:

- Must be a team player supporting one another in every aspect of the role
- Ability to tease out problems and requests from ambiguous or unclear communications
- Know when to escalate issues accompanied with solution options
- Resilience with high focus on ‘getting things done’
- High energy, flourishes in past paced, dynamic environments
- Customer centricity
- Interest in technology trends and their business applications
- 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
- Ability to report at senior level across multiple processes and management across a large and complex IT enterprise
- Ability to develop and leverage strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Decision maker able to act on own initiative seeking guidance as/when appropriate
- Ability to work under pressure when dealing with a high volume of change
- Experienced in a broad range of technology, software and hardware

Our Deal If 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 Working While 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.

Applying with a Disability KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity
KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

Policy for Agencies
KPMG has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies.

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