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Associate Director Cyber Security Business Operations

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Associate Director Cyber Security Business Operations

Macclesfield (UK) Gothenburg (Sweden)


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.


The Cyber Security Associate Director Business Operations will be leading, developing and maintaining cyber security risk reduction initiatives embedded within each IT Business Technology Group, and in designated country businesses. This role will align the global Security Policy Framework to IT business functions. The Associate Director Business role is responsible for overseeing the internal information security needs of IT business functions and providing leadership and support for cyber risk management, policy development, regulatory compliance, data privacy and IT security operations.

Key Accountabilities

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

  • Coordinate risk profile development and distribution to IT business facing audiences.

  • Maintain compliance with all AstraZeneca Security Policy Framework requirements.

  • Support cyber risk assessments and make recommendations to IT business facing leadership

  • Support with standard methodologies and appropriate technology solutions.

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

  • Create a business facing focused standard methodology risk dashboard and appropriate cyber security metrics.

  • Provide business facing leadership decision quality information regarding (but not limited to); identity account, service account, application, API, data, IT infrastructure, and user device vulnerability management

  • Maintain significant knowledge of Cyber threat vectors, attack methodologies and mitigation/remediation methods.

  • Maintain knowledge of SecDevOps processes and application security standard methodologies.

  • Develop applied third party risk management approach to business facing specific vendor partnerships.

  • Support cyber security assessments and penetration tests.

Essential experience & Skills

  • Extensive experience working in Security, in a complex, multinational, corporate environment

  • Demonstrable experience leading overseeing an information security function

  • Deep understanding of information security technologies, networking and network architecture required.

  • 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.

  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills, autonomous working,

  • A relevant technical degree, competence or equivalent (CISSP, CISM, CCSP) and competence to lead various Security initiatives

  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills, autonomous working, direction and goal setting

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills along with the demonstrable ability to communicate sophisticated, technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Be valued and respected for collaboration, integrity and enablement

  • Experienced in developing and leading innovative solutions and “thinking outside of the box”

  • Ability to analyze complex situations, assessing risks and balancing strategic and tactical Security requirements with business pragmatism, risk appetite and innovation

  • Ability to prioritize, re-schedule and adapt to changes in a dynamic environment

  • Excellent eye for business with sensitivity to environment

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


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 contribute 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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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.