Head of Cyber Security / SecOps

Location: Birmingham
Job Reference:AM/76579
Salary:£70,000k basic plus excellent benefits

Key responsibilities:

For this brand-new Cyber Security position, you will primarily be an experienced hands-on cyber/platform/information SecOps professional to join their team to continue to define, implement and expand our current platform security capabilities.

Some of the key responsibilities for this successful individual would be but no limited to:

  • This hands-on role will be responsible for all aspects of security within our complex and diverse technical landscape, including both internal IT systems and services as well as all security aspects of the services and products we deliver to our customers from multiple public cloud platforms.
  • This is very much an active hands-on SecOps position, ideal for someone that likes to get involved in the technical details and driving issues and improvements to resolution, although wider management experience and knowledge of project management processes and security policies are also essential.
  • Providing specialist expert advice, strategic leadership and management to other teams within IT, Engineering and elsewhere throughout the business on cloud, platform and information security best practices. Working across IT and business functions to define and cost new projects as needed, and with our Senior Executive Team to influence decisions and improve our cyber and IT compliance position.
  • Design and management of border security across both internal IT and service delivery infrastructure, including network-level and application firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, and other associated systems.
  • Design and management of identity, authorisation and access management controls and solutions from an systems access perspective, including auditing of access control systems.
  • Supporting the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system and other security systems to ensure that appropriate steps are taken for all issues identified for action by the system.
  • Designing and implementing an effective internal cyber/platform/information/physical security audit programme, conducting in depth security analyses and risk assessments, and working hand-in-hand with the IT, Facilities, and Engineering Teams to implement best practice controls and solutions to mitigate any identified risks to provide assurance that our security controls are best in class.
  • Developing appropriate policies and procedures, delivering security-focussed staff training, and instilling responsible behaviours into all staff to ensure they are protecting the business against external threats.
  • In collaboration with the IT Team, develop systems and processes to deliver compliance with relevant InfoSec standards (GDPR, Cyber Essentials Plus, ISO 27001 etc.) and provide management and ownership of disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
  • Working with our customers to ensure any questions or concerns relating to cyber/platform/information security at Friend MTS are addressed in a thorough and timely manner.
  • This role reports to the Operations Director, and will be based in our Birmingham office, where we are operating a hybrid working environment consisting of a mix of home and office-based working.

The Candidate:

The successful Head of Cyber Security / SecOps will be/have:

They are passionate about their employees and are looking for an energetic and highly motivated staff member to join an established team with the right ‘can do’ attitude’.

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience of IT security and industry best practice within a SecOps role including cloud, infrastructure, platform, physical and information security.
  • Extensive experience in desktop, infrastructure and cloud security with containerised elastic workloads, in particular with AWS.
  • Experience with Okta SSO, or other single sign-on solutions, and the management of SAML-based authentication.
  • Extensive experience of leading a technical security function in a highly pressurised, large complex environment.
  • Knowledge of all areas of IT Security, including: Identity and Access management; Authentication and Single Sign On; Authorization; Audit; Secure communications and cryptographic services; Network protection, SIEM technologies, etc.
  • Have a strong grasp of physical and cyber/platform/information security risk assessment and can identify, assess, and communicate clearly complex threats/risks using appropriate methodologies, relating them to the wider business environment.

Desirable experience

  • Experience with Palo Alto firewall technologies.
  • Experience with DataDog or other related SIEM tools.
  • Experience with Google Workspace and the security configuration within it.
  • Experience of working with standards such as ISO 27001 or Cyber Security Essentials.
    A Qualification in Cyber or Information Security would be advantageous but not essential (e.g., CISSP, ISO 27001 lead auditor etc).


  • Competitive basic salary
  • Full on-boarding and training will be provided
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays, which increased with length of service
  • Extra day off for your birthday
  • Life Insurance
  • Pension scheme

Please contact for a confidential discussion

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Andrew McLeod
Senior Recruitment Consultant
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