Lead Enterprise Architect, Security

Job Type IT
Location Bracknell Campus
Additional Locations London - Victoria
Partnership Level 5
Closing Date 03/02/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £65,100.00 - £128,000.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


What’s the role about?

The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has been investing significantly in its security capabilities in recent years, recognising the trust our customers place in our brand and the information they provide to us to help us enrich their lives. To enhance the value we bring to our customers, the Partnership is accelerating the use of data and insight to enhance the experience and relevance our Partners and technology systems provide to our customers. We will continue to transform our security capabilities over the next 2-3 years to deliver that vision within an ever-changing threat landscape.

Leading JLP’s Security Architecture team will therefore be demanding, fascinating and rewarding. You will be responsible for the Partnership's security technology strategy and investment roadmap and will work closely with the CISO to provide insight into security technology trends and methods that can inform risk and threat mitigation plans. You’ll assure a set of technology capabilities that develop in step with our business model and that give the Partnership the right balance of business agility and information security.

We’re seeking a highly-experienced leader with a deep understanding of security approaches in large enterprises to be accountable for the technology strategy in this area, ensuring a credible investment roadmap to realisation of our transformation outcomes whilst providing technology inspiration and thought leadership to our business stakeholders.

What you’ll be doing as a Lead Enterprise Architect:

The JLP Architecture Team is part of the Tech and Change (T&C) Division which supports approximately 70,000 employees, 360 stores, a turnover of over £11bn, and a transformational IT expenditure in excess of £200m pa.

Working for the Head Architect and closely aligned to the Chief Information Security Officer you will enjoy freedom and latitude to:

  • Define and deliver a technology security strategy and architecture that supports the Partnership’s digital transformation through the secure enablement of business agility, data-driven decision making, and extensible capabilities;

  • Secure the value of technology investments in the portfolio by linking security outcomes with situational awareness, providing the parameters within which technology decisions are made to maximise ROIC;

  • Establish the 'shareholder value' of IT to the wider business through the management of our risk profile within tolerance using the smart application of technology, and informing near-term vs long-term investment trades;

  • Become the CISO’s trusted technology expert and partner, bringing thought leadership and industry experience;

  • Lead and inspire the Security Architecture team, providing Partner direction and development as well as ensuring operational efficacy.


What you’ll have (essential skills):

Impactful Security Architect

Extensive experience and deep understanding of Security Architecture (e.g. CISSP, SABSA), and ensuring Senior IT and Business stakeholders (including the CISO) are aligned and understand the level of risk and investment required to meet their vision in a complex business environment.

Critical Influence

Proven ability to empower and influence others to make decisions, resolve challenges and deliver outcomes that are in line with the strategy. Work across the wider business to set technology strategy and outcomes that deliver change at scale. 

Strategy Development & Strategic Planning

Experience working with teams across the business to create, inform and provide input to business strategy creation, development, and implementation. Experience developing the Technology Strategy as a critical component of the business (security) strategy, ensuring business and technology outcomes are mutually supportive. 

Commercial & Contract Acumen

You’ll advise and consult on the commercial and contractual implications of existing or new obligations. You’ll consult on contractual terms of technologies and business services being procured or used within your domain and the impact of change both commercially and contractually. 

What else you could bring (desirable skills):

Business Domain Knowledge

Understand how the business capabilities that support JLP or a Product and Platform operate with reference to marketplace good practice. Understand the capabilities and processes that support the business and how this differs from our competition and the likely areas of competitive advantage or improvement.

Sequence Change to Deliver Incremental Business Value

You’ll have influenced business ambition and established credible roadmaps to establish change in business or technical capabilities that maximise business benefit and cost of ownership.

Monitor and advise on current technology, retail and socio-economic trends

You can evidence how you stay up to date with trends and shifts in technology, retail and the wider world, and set this understanding against the business or technology context within which you are working. 

You’ll consult internally on trends and shifts in technology, retail and the wider world, influencing technology and business decisions to support JLP strategic aims.

Additional Information:


For Internal Partners: if you would like a copy of the job outline, please contact Vicki Clements


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Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking an experienced information security leader with extensive experience leading security technology creation and realisation, providing technology leadership to the Partnership's CISO and senior business stakeholders.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/ We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so, at your interview, feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.


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