Principal Security Authority

Job Req ID:  1305
Posting Date:  22-Sep-2022
Function:  Cyber Security

Snowhill, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Salary:  Competitive with Great Benefits

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Why this job matters
Ensuring the inherent security in BT’s architecture and services expected by our customers, and constantly appraising the risk BT faces from the wider connected world, this role assures the protection of BT Group’s brands and reputation as the cyber threat evolves. 

This role is accountable for leading, promoting and evangelising on the technical area of expertise. You will create the bridge between architecture and the wider Security Department (CIS) ensuring that delivery is aligned to the correct security capabilities. You will be the principal security authority in your area of expertise, provide the technical knowledge and technical direction required to allow other stakeholders to make sound decisions that protect BT’s security posture. You will act proactively, monitoring business and industry developments for potential impacts to your area of expertise and respond accordingly to prevent regrettable outcomes occurring. You will partner architectural stakeholders, collaborating with security and enterprise architecture, influencing architectural roadmaps and leading on capability selection for your specialised area of expertise.
What I’ll be doing – your accountabilities

  • You will be Principal security authority in the specified area
  • Lead and coach on the direction of capabilities for the specified area of subject matter expertise, aligning where required to the overall security architecture.
  • Provides authoritative direction to business and security stakeholders on trajectory for specific area of subject matter expertise.
  • You will provide thought leadership of your SME area
  • Guidance on wider security design assurance in delivery before integrating into end-to-end solutions
  • Responsible for providing technical knowledge to inform complex technology development and the use of innovative problem-solving approaches to solve high impact, complex problems.
  • Builds and develops a strong network of internal and external stakeholders to demonstrate thought leadership and make recommendations for investment over the medium term.
  • Drive demand of business implementation ensuring holistic view to prevent solution gaps
  • Partnering with industry to influence industry best practice 
  • Partnering with vendor expertise on driving future state    
  • Drive design patterns & guardrails for your area of expertise


Skills required for the job

  • Ability to communicate and influence effective in influencing strategic direction at director level as well as with external partners/industry.
  • Storytelling with data: strong skills in explaining complex situations and the need for change, drawing on data and analytical techniques where appropriate, and communicating this to business audiences at director and MD level. 
  • Inspiring communicator: experience presenting to and influencing external senior audiences – peer level CSO, analysts, etc.
  • You maintain a deep expertise in your subject matter area. You use specialised skills and knowledge to guide the business and develop content to support the sharing of complex technical information.
  • You drive design patterns for your own area of subject matter expertise, using industry best practice and internal business strategy to define the most sustainable patterns.
  • You examine many potential ideas and evaluate each one against our business goals and strategy. You provide guidance and expertise and coach others to investigate new information and discover new insights and possibilities.
  • You guide projects and security colleagues to develop innovative solutions for software, systems and networks. You make sure we accurately diagnose key issues and user requirements.
  • You lead collaborative ways of working and continuous improvement. You encourage their adoption where necessary to deliver the best results for the customer.
  • Be a great communicator in explaining how things should be done and why.


Experience you would be expected to have

  • Technical background in large scale network or IT environments and strong experience in cyber security
  • Strong analytical thinking: critical in ensuring technical risks are fully understood and mitigation solutions can be correctly identified at a strategic level.
  • Experience in area of expertise for the role, preferably at a solution definition level. 
  • Typically qualified to degree level, or equivalent professional experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Cyber Security or related degree.
  • Appropriate security qualifications such as CISSP, CISSM.
  • Member of a professional body e.g. Institution of Engineering and Technology.



  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 15% on target bonus
  • Company car cash allowance
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Private Medical cover
  • Share save scheme
  • 50% off BT and EE mobile pay monthly or SIM only plans
  • Exclusive colleague discounts on our latest and greatest BT broadband packages
  • BT TV, including BT Sport and the NOW Entertainment membership, and 25% off NOW Sport, Cinema and Kids
  • 30% discount for friends and family on EE mobile pay monthly and SIM only plans

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