Head of Cyber Strategy, Risk and Advisory

Company Name: Allied Irish Bank

Location: Dublin, IE, IE

Job Duration: 2024-05-16 to 2024-06-15


Role: Head of Cyber Strategy , Risk and Advisory


Location: Central Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18 (Hybrid)


Technology Overview

AIB has a Technology Workforce of ~2,500, made up of ~1,000 AIB staff supplemented by Service Provider Partners and Contractors.  With a Technology function established over 50 years ago, there is a long pedigree of Technology enablement across the Bank and a strong working relationship between Technology and all Business areas – co-delivering Service and Change to support our Customers.  On-going investment and continuous hiring has ensured that AIB has a modern and resilient estate and a diverse and vibrant Technology Workforce. Across 2021 and 2022, AIB hired ~500 new internal staff within Technology to continue to build capacity and capability for the future.


The Technology Team have a defined Career Structure to support their ambitions, and considerable time and investment is afforded to Learning and Development.  Modern tools and technologies, coupled with hybrid working and a culture of professionalism, hard-work, teamwork, customer-focus and fun provides a strong foundation for new hires and existing staff to flourish and grow.


In 2022, AIB launched a Technology Transformation programme which includes a significant focus on implementing Agile work practices for the delivery of Technology change, across the Bank.  While Agile practices have been used before, this will embed fully across all domains and will transform all elements from Planning to Delivery, across all levels of the organisation from the top-level Executive Committee to all teams. 


AIB originally developed all Technology solutions in-house, and over-time has migrated to modern, package solutions – most recently across Payments, Digital Business Banking, Workflow and Business Process Management – and currently in train for Core Banking and Credit Systems.  Some in-house systems will remain but the remaining legacy estate will be simplified in line with the defined Technology and Business Strategy.


Technology is structured across a number of pillars – Channels, Business Platforms, Data & Analytics, Strategy & Transformation, Digital Resilience and of course Infrastructure and Cloud Engineering.


Digital Resilience and Cybersecurity

As AIB continues its progress in transforming to a digitally led bank, Cybersecurity is one of the highest risks to the bank’s operating model. As a key pillar of risk in the bank’s operational risk profile, having a comprehensive and robust Digital Resilience and Cyber Security strategy is essential. AIB has consistently invested in Cyber Security for over 12 years running strategy cycles across 2 years, with significant milestones achieved to strengthen our capabilities. As the business strategy evolves, we will continue to invest in Digital Resilience and Cyber across the four dimensions, people, processes, technology, and data, ensuring that we are keeping our Customers and the Bank safe. 



The Role:


Reporting to AIB Group’s Chief Information Security Officer, this senior role will assume leadership of a new Cyber Strategy, Risk and Advisory function. The role holder will direct the vision, strategic roadmap, and defined target state for cyber security across AIB ensuring alignment with the Banks business goals and regulatory requirements.  They will also oversee the transformation of the Banks cybersecurity practice and framework – leading a team of cyber professionals and advisors, who will collaborate stakeholders across the organisation to embed standards and enhance cyber resilience.



We’re looking for someone who will:


  • Support the CISO to develop the strategic roadmap, and defined target state for cyber security across the Group to support business goals, risk-buy down and regulatory objectives.
  • Build on the currency of the strategy and be a key influencer in supporting and developing cyber security innovation, monitoring, and recognising and acting upon key market trends and practices to keep pace with emerging threats and opportunities.
  • Own and drive implementation of the Banks Security and Resilience Management System, High Value Asset Program, maturity benchmarks and control framework.
  • Develop and embed the target operating model for the Digital Resilience Advisory practice, to support priorities of the Business and Technology organisations.
  • Identify, assess, and prioritise security risks to the organisation’s assets, systems, and data including security risks associated with third-party vendors and service providers. 
  • Represent the Digital Resilience and Cybersecurity organisation across the bank, interfacing into Technology and Business functions to facilitate the compliance with standards and secure by design principles.
  • Develop and support implementation roadmaps for Technology and Business units to comply with requirements within agreed timescales considering and making key judgement calls on risk priorities and commercial considerations.


You will need to show us that you can/have:


  • Minimum ten years in a leadership role in financial institutions or in other information-intensive industries or digitally advanced enterprises
  • Proven Experience of navigating complex (matrix) organization structures and managing internal senior stakeholders
  • Progressive and effective leadership experience in leading cross-functional teams and enterprise-wide programs, operating and influencing effectively across the organization and within complex contexts.
  • Experience in managing a distributed team across multiple partners and geographies working to agile methodologies.
  • Extensive experience in industry standards such as NIST, ISO27001, cybersecurity controls frameworks, risk management disciplines and building executive report workflows.
  • Proven experience in cybersecurity and technology deployment, including familiarity with developing business requirements and designing application, network, and data management platforms in-house and “in-cloud.” Background in production operations is a plus and demonstrable leadership capabilities is a must.
  • The business acumen to identify business needs, evaluate emerging technology trends, determine policy implications, and advance potential solutions in cyber protection, technology deployment and infrastructure protection.


Why join us?


AIB is a dynamic and diverse place to work. We are changing from the inside out to become a bank people can believe in. And by people, we mean our employees as well as our customers.


In each team you’ll find leaders who focus as much on people as they do on function. Here, anyone who is responsible for managing people is called a people leader, not a manager. That shows our commitment and focus on the development and engagement of the people who work here.


We call our Diversity & Inclusion plan iMatter – because that is our aim.  No matter who we are, where we are from, how we look, we all make a difference. You’ll find a mix of age, race and gender, where everyone has an opportunity to reach their potential. You’ll find a culture of openness, positivity and respect where everyone has a voice.


If you feel you have what it takes, Click Apply and fill in the online application form. If you would like more information on the role you can contact the recruitment team by email at careers@aib.ie



By when?  Closing date is Wednesday the 29th  of May 2024



Unsolicited CV’s sent to AIB by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this position. AIB operates a direct sourcing model and where agency assistance is required, the Talent Acquisition team will engage directly with our recruitment partners.