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Cyber Security Assurance Specialist

Howdens Joinery


Howdens Joinery are looking for a Cyber Security Assurance Specialist to work as part of our growing Cyber Security team based in our Northampton Office in Brackmills Business Park. Currently, our Cyber Security team is working remotely, so we would provide you with the IT equipment that you need to successfully work from home. As a FTSE 250 business which is undergoing a period of digital transformation, this new role within our organisation, offers an independently minded, IT professional an opportunity to influence areas for change around the security foundations that ensure our business remains safe and secure.

Reporting to the Head of Cyber Security, you will provide second line of defence assurance, ensure policy compliance and support the Project Management Office and Information Security Team in the development of Security Assurance. As a Cyber Security Assurance Specialist, you will develop, implement and monitor security policy, engage with IS projects to perform security reviews and communicate any findings. Your focus will also be to review our current controls that are required for Cyber Essentials and PCI.

As a Cyber Security Assurance Specialist, you will be working closely with our IT teams to ensure that security controls are identified and implemented. Therefore, it’s essential that you are an excellent communicator and have a proven track record in engaging and confidently advising and influencing your technical stakeholders.

Key skills and experience required:

  • Technical Cyber Security experience with an interest to work within a governance role or experience gained within an IT Internal Audit or Security Governance role
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels.
  • Ability to assess system controls based on a documented standard
  • Problem analysis and resolution skills
  • Experience of working with and presenting findings to Senior Stakeholders
  • Influencing and negotiation skills with senior stakeholders
  • Excellent relationship building skills with examples of working effectively with technical teams
  • Able to effectively work with and manage 3rd party suppliers.
  • Experience of managing change.
  • You should hold or be working towards a recognised Cyber Security qualification (CISA, CISMP or equivalent).

Howdens Joinery is a highly successful FTSE 250 business, with more than 700 depots nationwide and more than 8,000 staff. Despite our scale, Howdens remains a local business with traditional values.

We have a competitive salary and benefits package including 25 days holiday increasing to 27 days after 5 years, annual company bonus and a contributory pension. There is also great coffee and other refreshments and snacks, onsite car parking, subsidised gym membership and a friendly and supportive working environment. As well as the opportunity to develop within a high profile company, you will be part of a rewarding organisation recognised for excellence in the workplace in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For.