Enterprise Security Architect

at Phoenix Group
Published October 30, 2022
Location Edinburgh
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Career Family, Level & Title: IT Management, Senior Leadership, Enterprise Security Architect

Job Type: Permanent

Salary: Negotiable + generous benefits package

Location: Birmingham, London or Edinburgh (Hybrid)

We have an incredible opportunity for you to join us here at Phoenix Group as the Enterprise Security Architect in our Phoenix Technology team.

Moving to an agile Product Operating Model, where Phoenix Technology resources are federated directly into the Phoenix business, the Enterprise Security Architect is a key role in our Core Technology Infrastructure Product Group.

In this role you will lead on the Security Strategy, contributing to the Security Operating Model, selecting the security products that Phoenix implements, and identifying the optimum configuration and operation for those solutions.

Reporting directly to the Group Head of Technology and Security Architecture, you will work with other members of the Technology team, the Security function, and the Phoenix architecture community, leading and directing other Security Architects and the wider Security team.

This highly visible position will be front and centre as we work to continuously modernise our services and transform the way Phoenix ensure our business technology, systems and data is secure.

The right candidate will develop the role through outstanding performance, effective communication, architecture governance alignment, and a strong record of delivering results in a large, dynamic corporate environment. You should have experience managing complex security programmes, consolidating legacy services to new, applications and web services, security operations, cost and benefits transparency.

You will lead on annual planning, security portfolio development, and business cases. The ideal candidate requires broad technical skills, strong financial acumen, IT operations experience, and a deep analytical background. Strong judgement and a demonstrable ability to influence without explicit authority are key to success.

Who are we?

We want to be the best place that any of our colleagues have ever worked.

We are the UK's largest long-term savings and retirement business with c.13 million customers and c.£300 billion of assets under administration. As a market leader and FTSE100 organisation, we understand that our scale and expertise means that we have a key role to play for our customers, colleagues and our communities to help as many people as possible secure a life of possibilities. We are tackling key environmental and social issues such as transitioning our portfolio to net zero by 2050 - but we're not done yet.

We've seen huge growth and change, and this means there is enormous opportunity for our 7,000 colleagues to grow alongside us.

Flexible working

You can expect to work in a hybrid manner with time spent working in the office and at home. We believe that work/life balance offers benefits for customers as well as ensuring that you can balance a successful career with your life outside of work. We will discuss flexibility, what is important to you and balancing this with business requirements during the recruitment process.

We want to hire the whole version of you

We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels accepted and safe at work, and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is valued at Phoenix regardless of age, gender identity, neurodiversity, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or anything else. Whether it's joining one of our internal employee networks, being an ally, taking positive action or simply being there to listen, everyone at Phoenix is valued and respected.

If you need any help or adjustments to the recruitment process due to health, disability or anything else, please let us know so we can help you to be the best version of yourself.

In your role as the Enterprise Security Architect, you will

  • Own and shape Phoenix Group's Security Strategy, ensuring it aligns with our business and technology strategy.

  • Contribute to the development of the Security Operating Model, so it is clear, well structured, and provides a clear business value proposition, usage, measurement, and commercial framework.

  • Work on projects with high strategic impact, building a Zero Trust-based security framework that allows our business to operate securely, at pace, executing the breadth of its ambitious business strategy.

  • Ensure security design 'best practice' is consistently applied across projects, programmes or technologies, up to enterprise level, including business ecosystems and new FinTech partners.

  • Communicate with a broad range of senior stakeholders and be responsible for defining the vision, principles and strategy for security architects.

  • Have a deep understanding of our current state security architecture, the challenges it faces, and the opportunities for change that will bring better business outcomes.

  • Promote DevOps adoption in Phoenix, including a framework of continuous deployment and continuous integration (CI/CD) as part of a Product delivery model.

  • Represent significant Security designs at the Architecture Review Board (ARB), demonstrating that enablers, risk, TCO and enterprise-wide architectural and security principles and standards have been considered.

  • Partner with other security, risk and compliance functions to ensure security solutions integrate with other services to provide the framework of controls required by the Phoenix business and industry regulators.

What are we looking for?


  • Extensive experience as an architect

  • Proven delivery of architecting, designing, developing, and implementing enterprise security solutions

  • Solid experience working as an Enterprise Security Architect

  • Agile, DevOps experience


  • Large-scale security solution implementation experience, including SaaS service implementation experience

  • Security operations experience

  • Knowledge of cloud technologies

  • Knowledge of SAFe Scaled Agile for Architects

  • Expert level experience with encryption technologies and techniques

  • Ability to build Risk Models and analyse security weaknesses in complex technology deployments and enterprise applications

  • Has experience working with Product Owners to specify Secure infrastructure and application requirements

Why choose us?

Bring your 'whole self', skills and dedication to the Phoenix Group and we'll recognise your effort, support your development and help to drive your ambition. We'll ensure you're rewarded for your contribution with a competitive package that includes an attractive pension, annual bonus potential, private medical insurance, generous holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity and adoption leave and a range of other financial services and lifestyle flexible benefits.

Sound good? If you are ready to help us make Phoenix the best place you've ever worked, we'd love to hear from you. #LI-GJ1 #LI-HYBRID

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