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Application and Mobile Security Architect Director

28 August 2017

Purpose of the Job

The Application & Mobile Security Architect Director will lead the definition and maintenance of the application security technology landscape for the whole organisation, which includes strategy, principles and standards.  The main objectives of the role are: 

  • To develop the ABI Application & Mobile Technology Strategy, in partnership with Zones and aligned to business priorities and capabilities.
  • To create and maintain technology roadmaps for the Application & Mobile security tools ensure they are managed and evolved to support the changing threat landscape and business demands.
  • Lead Application & Mobile security tool selections across the whole of ABI to ensure new capabilities are scalable to multiple zones
  • Ensure standards are defined based on mitigating the priority risks to the business
  • Establish key vendor relationships to ensure products, tools, solutions and services within the Application & Mobile security domain are delivering the right business value
  • Provide strategic guidance to the wider solutions organisation on Application & Mobile security architecture


Business environment

ABI is a zonally structured organisation with a Global Head Quarters capability, which leads best practice and strategy.  The zones are split into the following geographical groupings:

  • Africa
  • Asia Pac North
  • Asia Pac South
  • Europe
  • Middle Americas and COPEC
  • North America

Within each zone and GHQ there is a Solutions organisation which runs IT and Business services activity.  This specific role resides in the GHQ Solutions Security & Compliance team and will need to interact with Security roles that sit within the Enterprise Architecture and Operations functions within each zone, and in GHQ.

The role does not have any direct reports; however it does require matrix management of resources across the globe to achieve strategic objectives, and will require the ability to operate across all geographies to shape and influence the Application & Mobile Security Architecture landscape.


  •  Leading the definition and maintenance of the ABI Application & Mobile Technology Strategy.
  • Leading the definition and maintenance of domain-specific architecture roadmaps and associated architectural standards, ensuring alignment with the wider Enterprise architecture roadmaps and standards
  • Research, investigate and evaluate emerging technologies, industry trends and best practice, and vendor solutions, to inform the development of roadmaps and support the improvement of the security posture of the organisation.
  • Assess the domain-specific tools needed to address business demand and requirements, producing associated estimates, documenting assumptions and resourcing requirements and ensuring proposed solutions are aligned with relevant architecture roadmaps.
  • Manage architectural activities to enable a smooth transition into the Design & Delivery organisation, in line with relevant processes and making best use of allocated resources, to ensure architectural designs will meet business requirements, are sustainable and supportable, and aligned with all relevant architecture roadmaps, standards and controls.
  • Review and approve design specifications produced by Design & Delivery to ensure alignment relevant architecture roadmaps and standards.
  • Apply relevant controls to their allocated tasks, taking responsibility for their own actions and reporting relevant information as required, to support the effective governance of Security & Compliance activities and outputs
  • Identify, escalate and contribute to dealing with any risks that could impact ABI’s operations, customers or staff.
  • Apply relevant solution architectural methodologies, approaches, practices and standards to ensure the achievement of high levels of quality and compliance.
  • Contribute to the setting of expectations and supervise, monitor, coach and support project team members to ensure that they maximize their performance, meet the required standards, and continuously develop their capabilities and experience.
  • Take personal responsibility for understanding and agreeing performance expectations, completing the necessary training and developing the levels of capability and competence necessary to be effective in the job.
  • Engage with vendors, managing proof of concept and pilot activity where necessary, to ensure we are controlling costs, monitoring that they are following relevant standards and controls and meeting agreed service levels, fully leveraging their capabilities, knowledge and services, and realizing maximum value from working with them.
  • Encourage and support colleagues to work effectively together and demonstrate the behaviours needed to embed a collaborative, high-performing, customer-orientated and commercially aware working environment across the function

Qualifications and Technical competencies required

  • Bachelors degree as a minimum.
  • 10 years’ experience - whether in a consulting / client facing role or in-house corporate role.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing solutions, including End Point Protection (Client and Cloud), Email Filtering, Application & Mobile level Data Loss Prevention, Application Design & Development on multiple platforms, SIEM, Identity and Access management, Mobile Device Management platforms
  • A solid understanding of the enterprise level  Application & Mobile domains including SAP, Salesforce, Mobile Iron, etc
  • Can demonstrate a working knowledge of ISO/IEC 27001:2005, the ISF Standard of good Practice and provide practical examples of their application across the technical domain.
  • Proven technical security roadmap development, maintenance and investment planning experience to drive product optimisation and operational stability.
  • Has proven leadership experience which includes senior stakeholder management, workshop facilitation and management of activities throughout the solution delivery life cycle.
  • Demonstrates the ability shape technical strategy based on business demands, and industry insights, direction, vendors, methods and technical domain leads.
  • Proven experience of delivering solutions in a globally distributed matrix organisation with competing demands.
  • Can demonstrate ability to manage multiple complex technical architecture design projects at any one time.
  • Demonstrates a track record of building and retaining IP and sharing the knowledge on a broader basis to raise the performance level of the team not just the individual.
  • Has defined, implemented and maintained quality assurance models with 3rd parties to ensure solutions delivered are to optimum quality.
  • Has a proven track record of working with business partners to reduce the time taken to covert business requirements into really value adding technical solutions.
  • Has a proven track record of working operations leadership to help them develop there operational capabilities to ensure the smooth running of new technology solutions.
  • Proven experience of managing multiple Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers to design, and deliver integrated architectural solutions e.g. SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Cap Gemini, IBM, Symantec, Crowdstrike, etc
  • Experience of TOGAF, ITIL, and PRINCE2 would be beneficial, but not essential.
  • Communications skills, both verbal and written, to explain complex ideas to wide range of audience.

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