Head of Security Operations

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW


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Are you a seasoned security professional looking for an exciting leadership opportunity?


We are seeking a Head of Security Operations to join our Technology Operations Leadership Group at Penguin Random House UK.


This senior role will blend strategy with operational delivery and technical expertise, supporting the IT Leadership Team, Business Community and the wider IT organisation. As the Head of Security Operations, you will be responsible for leading the Security Operations function, managing a team of Security Analysts and subject matter experts. Your role will involve directing the reactive, proactive and operational governance elements of operational security, and ensuring the continual improvement of the function's ability to prevent, detect and respond to threats and security incidents.


In this role, you will be accountable for creating, developing and implementing the short, medium and long-term security operations strategy & roadmap, ensuring that operational security capabilities support our business priorities. You will be responsible for managing the performance of contracted service providers for security services, providing thought leadership, and ensuring all operational security investments are fully leveraged to protect the our business. Working closely with the Information Security Architect and the Director of Information Security, you will ensure that future roadmaps incorporate changes in governance or compliance requirements, and that operational activities meet our Information Security requirements.


If you are passionate about driving operational security processes and ensuring Penguin Random House’s Cyber Threats are identified, tracked, and preventative controls are effectively applied, we want to hear from you.


Your responsibilities will include:


  • Driving operational excellence and continuous improvement in security operations with authority and autonomy.

  • Providing technical and organisational leadership for the Security Operations function.

  • Developing and implementing an appropriate operating model for Penguin Random House Security Operations in alignment with Penguin Random House and Bertelsmann group security policies and requirements.

  • Ensuring effective deployment of security solutions within technology operations, including but not limited to Network, Perimeter and OT Security, End Point Protection, DLP Controls, Application Security Controls, Threat and Vulnerability Management, Security Incident and event monitoring, Cloud Security Controls, Unstructured data security, Email Security, Privileged account management & oversight, Security Testing, and Posture Management.

  • Serving as the primary authority for operational security decisions and escalate non-compliance with Penguin Random House or Bertelsmann standards.

  • Driving ongoing improvements to operational security capabilities.

  • Developing situational leadership skills within the Security Operations team to enhance their capability in identifying and leading security incident response.

  • Establishing technical security standards, processes, and guidelines to support Penguin Random House’s Information Security policy deployment.

  • Conducting internal security reviews for adherence to security policies and standards.

  • Managing an Operational Security Risk Register and ensure fit-for-purpose procedures are in place for all security operations activities, including incident response.

What you’ll bring:       


  • Extensive experience in leading organisations through significant cyber security incidents.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and practical application of security controls within a commercial industry.

  • A proven track record of establishing or developing an Operational Security Team as either a Manager or Team Lead.

  • In-depth understanding and experience of day-to-day activities and priorities in a Security Operations environment.

  • Strong strategic understanding with the ability to act pragmatically and with pace.

  • Proactivity and a positive and continual improvement mindset, identifying opportunities for improvement and taking initiative to deliver.

  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to influence strategic decision-making and convey confidence and professionalism when representing our Security and Technology Support teams.

About Penguin: 


We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone. 


Our approach to hybrid working:


While our offices are places for you to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, having flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing. So, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to how we work across Penguin Random House UK.


For this role, there are regular meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person mainly at our offices in London and Colchester. Outside of these moments, you can choose to work remotely.

The exact balance of office to remote working can be discussed with your future manager during the recruitment process. What we can say now is that you won’t need to go into the office five days a week, unless of course you want to!


Join our team and play a key role in shaping the future of our security operations. Please apply with your CV by Sunday 7th April.



What you can expect from us:


Salary: circa £110,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

Our people are the heart of our business, and we work hard to support a culture of responsibility and recognition. Our benefits include:


  • Financial – income protection, life assurance, childcare allowance

  • Wellbeing – healthcare cash plan, critical illness cover, health checks

  • Lifestyle – enhanced parental leave, tech scheme


For our full benefits list please visit: https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/what-we-offer/


You can read about our recruitment process at https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/how-we-hire/


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we're part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can't take all eligible candidates to interview.


We encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing PRHCareersUK@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your request.


Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 269387

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