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Head of Security

BAE Systems UK

Location: Glasgow City

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Head of Security, Naval Ships

Location: Glasgow, Portsmouth or BristolWe offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements and any candidate would be expected to have a regular presence at our main sites in Glasgow

Salary: Competitive

What you’ll be doing:

  • You will lead a multi-disciplinary in house team of circa. 20 Security professionals to deliver a best-in-class Security service across a complex international business..
  • You will be a highly visible presence within the Naval Ships business and proactively engage with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will set and be responsible for the continuous development of the overall Security strategy for Naval Ships to protect its people, sites, assets, information and supply chain and to improve its overall Security posture.
  • You will ensure all security related contractual and regulatory obligations for UK and International Programmes are met.
  • You will lead the risk assessment of threats to the business and ensure appropriate mitigations and contingency plans are in place.
  • In conjunction with Export Control and Legal teams, you will work collaboratively to create compliant solutions to the transfer out and in of controlled technology and Government classified data for use on international programmes.
  • You will be expected to maintain productive relationships with Government regulators/stakeholders/law enforcement personnel and Security Service providers.

Your skills and experiences:

  • Corporate Security, Military or Law Enforcement background
  • Security operations leadership experience, preferably gained in the Defence sector.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in Information/Cyber Security Management
  • Track record in leading security risk management and improvement programmes
  • Proven team leadership and development experience
  • Ability to handle high pressure situations and maintain sound judgement


You’ll receive benefits including an annual incentive, competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.