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IT Consultancy


Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2020-11-27 00:00:00


Senior Security Architect

  • Title: Senior Security Architect

    Ref: 20/11/SSA

    About Us

    At Allstate Northern Ireland, we believe it’s more than just a job.  We believe in allowing our people to choose the direction of their careers.  It’s about you, your future and where you want to get to.

    Opportunity is the hallmark of the Allstate career experience.  We invest heavily in our employees, offering long term career development, personal growth and investment in new technologies.  Every day is different, with new ideas, challenges, and rewards — no matter which team you join.

    We believe that inclusive diversity is crucial to creating a culture of mutual respect where the strengths and talents of each individual are recognised.  We like to leave things better than we found them and deliver results.  We do all of this while having fun and exploring personal passions.

    Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance.



    Belfast / Derry / Londonderry / Strabane


    Your role in the team

    As Senior Security Architect you will lead a team of high performing Security Architects and be responsible for driving and integrating security into Allstate’s Transformative Growth Plans across the organisation.  Operating at the heart of change globally, this role will work closely with the Transformative Growth product teams, the Enterprise and Solution Architects as well as key delivery teams within the organisation to accelerate security controls in the Transformative Growth plan and the Target State Architecture (TSA).


    • Serve as a thought leader, solution visionary and technology expert
    • Drive Cloud Security Architecture for our Enterprise IT and Business IT teams
    • Provide detailed security technical subject matter expertise on one or more technologies contributing to complex design decisions and detailed problem analysis.
    • Provide technical leadership over large or complex security engineering initiatives where multiple technological disciplines are involved.
    • Influence Vice President and Senior Vice President level leadership from business and technology disciplines, presenting and delivering highly complex solutions as needed.
    • Act as a leader during high profile problem analysis situations and contribute to ATSV-wide analysis and resolution of major problem issues – provide updates to leadership and governing process management.
    • Lead technical assignments for new security product development or integration, process development, product/process improvement.
    • Drive implementation of recommendations.
    • Work with strategic vendors and partners to review and influence product roadmaps, strategies, and plans to ensure alignment with Allstate needs, both current and future.
    • Identify opportunities to enhance process and technology solutions. Create and articulate the case for change by highlighting the potential business/customer benefits.
    • Collaborate with clients and partners to define technology strategies and approaches. Thoroughly understand DevOps ideologies while driving and communicating change supporting DevOps/SecOps methodology within the organization


    So, what are the essential criteria to apply?

    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent industry experience; May also have advanced degree
    • 5+ years’ experience in an Architect or Principal Engineer role
    • 3+ years’ management experience including accountability for all aspects of leading an organization including people processes, client/partner relationships, work processes and delivery of work products;
    • Experience leading and influencing technical teams
    • Organized, responsive and highly thorough problem solver; willingness to work in a distributed team and be a mentor to junior architects and engineers
    • Experience of strategy development and execution
    • Working knowledge of cloud providers e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform
    • Possess clear understanding of security protocols and standards and have experience with software and security architectures; understand how to design and implement security tests in accordance with stated criteria
    • All candidates must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK


    We also have some desirable criteria

    • Professional security management certification such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) or other similar credentials
    • Experience with Source Code Management and CI/CD; experience with common scripting languages like Bash, Python, and/or Ruby
    • Solid experience with cloud security strategy, cloud provider ecosystems (AWS/Azure/GCP) and migrating Enterprise from traditional data center Infrastructure, Application and Data designs to hybrid or fully-cloud enabled practices
    • Experience with container orchestration, Kubernetes preferred; experience with best security practices for Linux/UNIX Windows servers
    • Knowledge of cloud networking architecture, cloud operations, cloud-based identity access and management, security, automation and orchestration

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    • CISSP
    • CISM
    • TOGAF
    • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
    • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
    • AWS Certified Security Specialty
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
    • GCP Professional Cloud Architect


    What we offer

    As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.

    Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.

    We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.

    We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.



    Closing Date:  Friday 4th December 2020


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    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities

    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

    We are an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women.  All appointments will be made on merit.

    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.

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