Regional Head of Security, UK and Europe

Employer: Standard Chartered Bank
Location:City of London, England
Job Description
To be accountable to the Head of Group Security and other stakeholders for the delivery and implementation of global policies, procedures and strategies for security within the UK/Europe Region and ensure the effective application of the risk assurance framework to evidence that existing security governance and risk control processes are effectively implemented and are being adhered to across the Region
To provide expertise and specialist support to the UK/Europe Region countries on all aspects of security management
To monitor the security related risks faced by the Group within UK/Europe and take pro-active measures to reduce risk and minimise loss and communicate incidents to senior management and provide them with professional advice on all aspects of security

Key Roles & Responsibilities

As a senior security specialist in the Group, directly responsible and accountable for the following:

Security Policies and Procedures

Implement the agreed Security strategy for the Group within the UK/Europe Region to anticipate likely threats and ensure avoidance and minimization plans are in place
Implement Group-wide policies, procedures and standards for the management of security risks on behalf of the Bank to avoid adverse incidents and / or minimise the impact
Assist direct and indirect reports and businesses with policy implementation to ensure compliance and ensure the safety of our staff and premises and compliance with regulatory requirements

Threat Monitoring

Monitor and assess the security threats faced by the UK/Europe Region, advising senior management and other relevant stakeholders on their implications to ensure that we are taking pro-active measures to avoid or minimise potential harm or loss to our people, information or property
Monitor all business travel within the region to ensure staff travelling are supported and assisted when incidents occur

Security Assessment and Review

Implement and manage a security risk assessment and review programme in the UK/Europe Region to ensure the timely identification of threats and the development of cost-effective security counter measures


Ensure the UK & European Security Risk matrix works effectively
Develop appropriate responses to and ensure early engagement of stakeholders
Ensure the appropriate and timely escalation to senior management of all aspects of Security relevant to the Bank's operations so that they can plan appropriately and keep regulators appraised

Technical Assistance

Provide advice and expertise an all security technology including access control and CCTV within the Region
Provide technical assistance to areas that do not have specialist Security management resources

Executive Protection

Implement policies and standards within the UK/Europe Region for the personal protection of at-risk staff members, including travel security and the provision of protection plans for major corporate meetings and events to ensure the safety of our executives and staff and the ability for high level meetings to be held without disruption or compromise to the staff or information being discussed.

Contingency Planning / Business Continuity

Assist BCM team with the testing of UK/Europe Country and Regional level contingency and crisis management plans to ensure effective response in an emergency
Promote best practice and high standards in contingency planning by assisting UK/Europe Region Country Security Reps to develop and exercise plans for specific emergencies that may affect their area of responsibility to ensure an appropriate and effective response to major incidents.
Advise Senior Management, Heads of Businesses and Functions on security related decisions during emergencies (e.g. evacuation of staff and closure of businesses) and participate in Regional Crisis Management Team(s).
Matrix and Engagement

Represent Security Risk as a member of the UK & European Incident Command Team (ICT) when required. Offer professional opinion and advice when dealing with an incident as well as facts and solutions which will assist in managing the situation as well and bring the incident to a speedy conclusion.
Assist the Group Head of Security and other Regional Security Risk Managers with Group Security projects, global initiatives, best practice, cross-pollination of ideas and idea sharing, industry advances and peer activities.
Represent and Bank, CRES and Security Risk function at the Sister Banks Organization, City of London Police, CPNI and other law enforcement / security service external organizations.

Migration of Security Policy and Best Practice

Providing advice to Country Security RP's on the implications of security failures and other occurrences to promote the migration of best practice across geographical boundaries and functions to ensure we have in place the best approaches possible to deal with major incidents and emergencies.
Carry out the UK/Europe Region risk training programme to raise overall security awareness which will enhance our ability to deal with and respond to threats and incidents.
Conduct, with guidance and support from Head of Group Security, on-going competitor related business sector and internal benchmarking to ensure adequate and appropriate positioning of the UK/Europe Region's security strategy.
Delivering advice to Group and line management on the security implications of changes to legislation within the UK/Europe Region to allow for compliance in line with regulatory requirements.

Vendor Management

Manage all security related vendors under the Vendor Management Framework.
Ensure close management of all Security Vendors across UK & Europe are customer and delivery focussed, live the Bank's values and Corporate Code of Conduct and offer a heightened customer experience.
Assist in all RFP and Tender processes in line with Global Sourcing Policy.

Budgets and Project Management

Set the UK & Europe Security Risk Budget and manage costs tightly to maximize efficiency, flexibility and proportionate security capability across the region.
Ensure that Security aspects of CRES property projects are delivered on time and within budget to agreed standards.
Anticipate and respond to UK & European expansion / change projects. Ensure support for planning and internal / external consulting and subsequent integration of acquisitions for Security related matters.
Project manage and deliver proportionate security within budget and without overspend.
Ensure management and good governance of all Security Risk related contracts across the region and advise Country RP's when local contracts are being established to ensure correct scope, capability and value for money as well as correct procurement practice.

Operational Risk

Represent the UK & European Security Risk function at the CRES UK & Europe Functional Operational Risk Team Meeting (FORTM). Contribute to risk discussions at a Regional Level.
Set Security Risk B/GKCSs and KRI's in UK & Europe and ensure 100% compliance. Where compliance failures occur, inform the CRES Risk Manager and take action to clear them as a matter of urgency.
Embed the use of the risk acceptance process across UK & European countries assist by Country Security Responsible Person's (RP's), ensuring all risks are appropriately assessed, risk rated and accepted by the appropriate acceptance committee and FORTM
Coordinate Due Diligence and Treat / Risks assessment for CRES as required
Ensure staff are appropriately skilled to carry out the duties placed on them for implementing the risk management framework.
Work to develop and stretch talent within the security team. Ensure succession planning is in place for key security roles.

Audit, Compliance and other functions

Ensure the UK & European Security Risk function is Audit ready and able to pass in all countries across the Region
Act as the point of contact for all Kidnap and Ransom case which either take place with region or where regional staff / families / NOK are involved advising HR on incident management and best practice
Act as the point of contact for Group Internal Audits including assisting departments undergoing an audit when Security points are raised
Act as the point of contact Group Compliance to ensure that the UK & European Security Risk function is adhering to Bank and Regulatory Policy when applicable
Act as the point of contact for Group HR and GTO for all matters relating to Security Risk with region.

Qualifications & Skills

General: Leadership of direct reports and all Country RP's, project management, presentation, relationship management, interviewing, communication, interpersonal and business management.
Technical (Working Knowledge): CCTV systems; intrusion detection and access control technology; ballistic, blast and anti-bandit security; personal, vehicle and building security; electronic security; terrorist and kidnap response and crisis management
Previous experience in a security management position is essential.
Holds a security related degree / diploma or other professional security qualifications. A degree / diploma in another discipline acceptable with proven security management experience. Membership of recognised professional security bodies, for example: American Society for Industrial Security is desirable
A strong analytical mind and an ability to write concise reports and plans
An understanding of the financial services industry and a working knowledge of major products and practices advantageous.
Solid understanding of security systems and procedures.
A strong grasp of global politics and trends in world security particularly those concerned with political, terrorist or criminal instability affecting the UK/Europe Region
Recognition and understanding of cultural, organisational, structural and systematic changes in businesses and tailoring delivery of security policy and standards to meet them.
The ability to manage security across functional and geographical boundaries especially under the complexity of a matrix organisation.
Directing and influencing Country Security RP's throughout the UK/Europe Region.
Making decisions and giving advice where the evidence available to form a judgment is inadequate or incomplete; and there is a need to draw constantly upon experience and knowledge.

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Closing Dates

The closing date for applications is 23.03.2015. Please note all closing dates are given in Hong Kong time (GMT + 8 hours). We aim to respond to successful applicants within four weeks and will keep a record or your application in our database so that we can contact you when suitable vacancies arise in future.

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