Senior Information Security Architect

Req ID #:  113991

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Spencerville, OH, US, 45887 Ashland, OH, US, 44805 Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE Horsham, PA, US, 19044 Raleigh, NC, US, 27610 Charleston, SC, US, 29407 Mattawan, MI, US, 49071 US

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 


Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 


As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


Job Summary


As an advanced skillset position, the security architect provides expert guidance for addressing current security issues, but also the foresight to follow industry trends and proactively deliver optimal security solutions. The DevSecOps Engineer is responsible for designing security-first solutions that protect business but allows the business to execute and innovate. The DevSecOps Engineer works closely with many diverse and dynamic teams, including, but not limited to security engineering, DevOps teams, threat intelligence, security operations, security audit and compliance, security awareness, IT solutions, IT innovation, and end users including business leadership. This position is also responsible for architecting solutions to secure business-to-business initiatives, third-party relationships, outsourced solutions, and vendors. Participate in the development and implementation of the Cyber Security Strategic Plan. Lead evaluation of and make recommendations for technical solutions to reduce risk. Develop policies and procedures to maintain a secure computing environment. Oversee data classification and protection of PII, PHI, and other regulated data. Provide mentoring and training to more junior staff.


•    Remain current with new security threats and assess systems to ensure they can defend the business.
•    Act as liaison between the business and technology from a security perspective.
•    Constantly research capabilities of current and new disruptive solutions on the market and make recommendations to security leadership.
•    Research, validate and recommend solutions meeting security and business needs.
•    Drive security efficiencies, enabling security team members to work on more advanced tasks. 
•    Work with management to identify sensitive and critical data, understand organizational security needs, and develop procedures to accommodate those needs. 
•    Assess existing system security controls and propose enhancements as necessary.
•    Plan security systems through evaluating network and security technologies.
•    Plan testing final security structures to ensure they behave as expected.
•    Develop project timelines and post-event analyses / lessons learned.
•    Design, document, and interpret IT Security architectures.
•    Define and implement change controls.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications


•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in computer science or related discipline.
•    Experience:  Minimum of 12 years related experience in IT, with 8+ years in an information security system and network security engineering, audit, or compliance role, and 5+ years in technology design, implementation, and delivery.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  IT security related certification highly desired (e.g., CISSP, CISA, GIAC, or similar professional certification).
•    Other:  
    Experience with one or more of the following: ISO 27001, NIST, PCI DSS, HITECH, GDPR, Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 and industry IT Security best practices.
    Experience in cloud computing technologies, including software-, infrastructure and platform-as-a-service, as well as public, private and hybrid environments.
    Able to handle moderate to complex problem resolution with minimal supervision.
    Experience in risk assessment, audit, and IT security assessments.
    Experience administering information security programs including risk assessments and forensic research, designing security architectures, developing policies, gathering metrics, and reporting status.
    Experience architecting SIEM systems, threat intelligence platforms, security automation and orchestration solutions, IDS/IPS, file integrity monitoring (FIM), data loss prevention (DLP) and other network and system monitoring tools.
    Excellence in communicating business risk from cybersecurity issues.




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About Corporate Functions
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.  

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

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