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Cyber Security Director – Head of Global Cyber Security Operations

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-137509 Date posted 20/07/2022

Cyber Security Director – Head of Global Cyber Security Operations

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Cyber Security? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining pioneering science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more. Join us at a crucial stage of our journey in becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. Make the impossible possible by building partnerships and ecosystems, creating new ways of working

and driving scale and speed to deliver exponential growth. Focused and committed, and backed with the investment to succeed, we’re driving cross-company change to disrupt the entire industry. Ours is a place to innovate, take ownership and run with it. You’re trusted to explore and to find new solutions, experimenting with groundbreaking technology and grappling with challenges in a modern technology environment that might never have been tackled before. It’s a dynamic and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or transforming the roles and work of colleagues, forever. Shape your own path, with support all the way. Diverse minds that work multi-functionally and inclusively together. Be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, disrupt an industry and change lives.


The cyber security Head of Global Cyber Security operations will lead a team of senior security managers, engineers, specialists and analysts, maintaining corporate wide cyber security operations to ensure that AstraZeneca’s digital ecosystem and assets are adequately protected from breaches, threat actor exploitation, and internal threats.  Working directly for the AZ Global Head of Cyber Security the role is responsible for overseeing the internal information security needs of AstraZeneca and providing leadership and support for cyber security operations, risk management, policy emforcement, regulatory compliance, and data privacy.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Develop and implement cyber security operations policies, procedures, and operating practices. 

  • Provide oversight on the management and strategy of a global cyber security operations for the defence, detection and response to sophisticated cyber threats. 

  • Maintain compliance with all AstraZeneca Security Policy Framework requirements. 

  • Carry out cyber risk assessments and make recommendations to senior management on best practices and appropriate technology solutions.

  • Help mature the AstraZeneca Cyber Security and Awareness education program and ensure appropriate training for all employees and contractors. 

  • Serve as key partner in creating a standard methodology risk dashboard and appropriate cyber security metrics.
  • Actively participate as a member of the AstraZeneca Cyber Security Leadership team.
  • Maintain significant knowledge of Cyber threat vectors, attack methodologies and mitigation/remediation methods. 

  • Guide and conduct cyber security assessments and penetration tests.
  • Develop a best-in-class vulnerability management program.
  • Develop a best-in-class threat intelligence capability.
  • Establish best-in-class cyber security operations center capability.
  • Coach team to create a supportive working environment where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.


  • 10+ years of experience in information security positions, with 5+ years’ experience in a role overseeing cyber security operations.
  • Experience in implementing and operating ISO and NIST cyber security frameworks.
  • Significant knowledge of cyber threat vectors and their attack methodologies are required.
  • Deep understanding of information security technologies, networking and network architecture required.
  • Understanding in many cyber security related solutions or tools. Experience in performing cyber forensics and reverse engineering.
  • Understanding and running a 24x7x365 global security operations centre (SOC).
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities and work under pressure. 

  • Current information security certification as a GIAC, CISSP, CISM, CISA, etc.
  • A global perspective on privacy, security, and data protection issues and trends.
  • Expert at reducing cyber risk in a large, global enterprise.
  • Experience of working in other IT disciplines and across a range of industries and sectors.

Candidate must be eligible to obtain US security clearance

  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills, autonomous working, direction and goal setting
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills along with the proven ability to communicate complex, technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Be valued and respected for collaboration, integrity and enablement

Experience working in a global organization where partners and team members are geographically dispersed.

Key Relationships to reach solutions

  • IT Leadership Team
  • ETS Leadership team
  • AZ Business Leaders
  • AZ business risk / security teams
  • Procurement
  • Finance
  • Internal audit teams
  • IT & Global Compliance teams
  • External 3rd parties and supplier
  • External auditors


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into

exploring new groundbreaking technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions. Our work unlocks the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification. We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate,

and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.
Close Date: 24/8/2022

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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