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The role

Job ID R71423
Nottingham Trent House (95002), United Kingdom, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

At Capital One, we’re building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding.                                               

Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good.

Head of Security Consultancy & Architecture

Cyber security is an integral part of the corporate culture at Capital One UK. It is essential to maintaining our position as an industry leader in electronic payments, and it is the responsibility of each and every employee to safeguard information, protect it from unauthorised access, and ensure regulatory compliance. Information Security has a significant effect on privacy, consumer confidence, external reputation, and it is a priority on everyone’s agenda.

The successful candidate will build and lead the UK Cyber Consultancy & Architecture team for Capital One UK and will lead a team of high performers. You will lead a team of dynamic and talented cyber professionals who want to learn from your experience and skills. This team will be responsible for collaborating closely with global cyber peers and will contribute to the design and drive the implementation of Capital One’s global cyber program to support the UK and global Capital One Business. The role holder will also provide technical security leadership to the wider UK Technology and Business.

Reporting to the VP of UK Cyber, this leadership role within the UK Cyber Organisation must instill a culture that works toward the highest standards in security architecture and delivery whilst ensuring that business requirements are understood and adhered to, and security risks in new and existing infrastructure are properly understood and mitigated.

Working with groups such as Cyber Engineering, Technology Engineering, Technology Operations, and Enterprise Architecture, this position will take a leading role in the development of the security strategy for Capital One UK in relation to key initiatives such as Cloud Computing and Big Data in the backdrop of an increased regulatory landscape within the UK.

About the Role

  • Provide leadership and hands on direction in the innovation of security technologies and solutions with Capital One
  • Develop a culture of transparent, business driven and risk based security solutions to enable Capital One ambitious growth agenda
  • Partner with all relevant business and technology stakeholders to embed security as part of their programs and strategy to safeguard customers and the company
  • Define and implement department strategy in line with broader cyber security objectives
  • Responsible for planning and positioning of a security architecture within Capital One UK to effectively gain buy-in from all stakeholders and oversee execution
  • Recruit, develop, and retain a talented group of security professionals for this core function
  • Lead a team of hands on cyber professionals responsible for planning, designing and being an active supporter of the implementation of security systems/controls of high complexity to support the business needs and strategy
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues within the wider global cyber organisation and technology departments as well as the UK business to establish effective, productive relationships
  • Effectively manage cross-functional internal/external team collaboration and communications to effectively and efficiently manage Security and Technology Risk
  • Establish credibility throughout the organisation by earning a reputation for being a proactive leader, positive disruptor and change agent
  • Own the complete security agenda in projects and where appropriate drive and deliver security  deliverables on time and on budget
  • Act as a central point of contact for the UK to the rest of Capital One’s Information Security and Risk Management activities
  • Coordinate and execute proactive Information Security consulting to the business and technology teams covering Infrastructure Security, Resiliency, Data Security, Network Architecture and Design, User Access Management, and Supply Chain Assurance

About You

  • Extensive knowledge and demonstration of experience of Information Technology, particularly those areas related to Cyber, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Network Security Engineering
  • Skilled at mentoring and motivating staff, communicating goals and other corporate initiatives and driving to results
  • A proven ability to build and sustain effective, professional relationships with Technology and Business across multiple geographic locations and time zones
  • Experience deploying and maintaining critical, high-availability security systems and managing and resolving issues in a complex security environment
  • Experience and familiarity working across the global cyber security community
  • Knowledge of/experience with international compliance requirements/standards (PCI-DSS, SOX, GDPR) and other security regulation requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and leadership skills along with effective communication (both written and verbal) skills
  • Strong understanding of current industry infrastructure standards and practices, along with an engineering oriented background

Any of these would also be great

  • Strong knowledge of the financial services area (or other critical infrastructure areas) with an emphasis on network/system/application engineering and information security preferred
  • Certifications such as CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, appropriate SANS Certifications, CCSP etc. highly desirable
  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, information science, or a related technical discipline
  • Extensive experience in security architecture and/or security engineering with hands on experience gained
  • Experience with Threat Modeling
  • Experience in Offensive and/or Defensive Security techniques

Capital One is committed to diversity in the workplace.

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Capital One Financial is made up of several different entities. Please note that any position posted in Canada is for Capital One Canada, any position posted in the United Kingdom is for Capital One Europe and any position posted in the Philippines is for Capital One Philippines Service Corp. (COPSSC).


The benefits


Live a healthy life with our private health insurance which is free for your family.


Stay in shape with our on-site gym in Nottingham and rooftop running track in London.


Work-life balance is important to us. So, we are open to flexible working to support your lifestyle.


We are able to support you with relocation if needed. And we offer an interest-free travel ticket and stock purchase plan.


You'll get access to vast amounts of internal and external conferences and a dedicated internal training platform.


We are proud to support our local tech communities with various meet-ups and events for you to get involved in.

Cyber at Capital One

The UK Cyber team is part of the bigger US Cyber enterprise. This means that the UK Cyber team benefits from small company agility with big company resources.

As one of the UK’s top ten credit card providers, keeping our millions of customers safe is vital to our business. For a Cyber professional like you, that means an opportunity to make a difference, learn and grow.

We’re making finance simpler and more human. So our cutting-edge products need to work for our consumers as well as being super secure.

In Cyber at Capital One, we do things at a fast pace in a CI/CD environment. We’re not a normal financial services company constrained by a fixed mindset and legacy systems.

We’re an AGILE business that dreams big and has the resources to deliver big (our largest systems are already 100% in the Cloud). We’re doing whatever it takes to protect our customers; the smartest new people, new technologies, new products, new ideas, new ways of thinking and working.

We invest in our Cyber team, using leading edge tech, our in-house Tech College and external training to keep the team ahead of the curve.

We play an active part in the wider community, hosting Cyber MeetUps at our offices in London, and sponsoring, promoting and attending Cyber events throughout the year.

Find out more about Capital One here.

"The Capital One UK Cyber business benefits from small company agility with big company resources."

Dicky Stafford, Director of Cyber Engineering

Life at Capital One

We’re a financial services company with a tech mindset that runs throughout the business, setting us apart from others in the industry.

Are you the right fit?

  • You see opportunities to innovate and disrupt where others see obstacles and hurdles. You tell others how they can do something rather than telling them why they can’t.

  • You can convince, explain and reassure people at all levels, from business managers to developers.

  • You have an appetite to learn and enjoy the challenge of doing things that haven’t been done before (data streaming, machine learning). You apply rigorous engineering sense to deliver robust business servicing applications.

  • You’re not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Success profile

  • A passion for learning and innovating 

    A lot of what we do is new, so you’ll learn by immersing yourself in the wider community, developing yourself and your team along the way.

  • High quality work 

    We work in a rapidly changing business, so you’ll need a focus on delivering high quality work at a fast pace. Doing the right thing quickly is good; quick and dirty just won’t cut it.

  • Team player 

    We have a ‘wade in and help’ mindset in Cyber. You’ll thrive on getting stuck in. You’ll give your own opinions, share your experiences and perspectives, and listen to those of colleagues. In doing so, you’ll learn and help others in the team learn from you.

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