Head of Information Governance and Security

  • Full Time
  • Cambridge
  • Salary: up to £72,000

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This is a rare and exciting opportunity for  to lead the Information Governance and Security function in an information-intensive world-leading Institution.

About the role:

As Head of Information Governance and Security you will lead both the information governance and information security functions in the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

You will define, establish and operate an information governance framework within the Institute. This will guide information management and effective information risk management. It will also provide the guidance and assurance for our researchers in the way we handle sensitive and personally identifiable data.

You will work with senior managers across the institution to drive the information security agenda and ensure that it meets complex compliance requirements.

You will lead planning initiatives to ensure that security controls are incorporated into IT projects at the design stage and expectations are clearly defined.

You  will also play a key role in the evaluation of current Information Security breach management processes and ensure that the institution can meet its mandatory data breach notification obligations should the need arise.


About us:

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our science is large-scale and organised into research Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations and IT teams responsible for all data production pipelines, compute and storage facilities at the Institute.

Essential Skills
Experience of Information Governance and Information Security in a complex, information-intensive organisation.
Knowledge and experience of information governance frameworks for the proper handling of sensitive or personally identifiable data, eg NHS DSP Toolkit
Knowledge and experience of information security as regards threats, policies, processes, procedures, applications  and systems
Excellence in leadership and able to communicate and influence at all levels, including board-level, securing the required outcomes in a complex stakeholder landscape
Proven track record of forming and leading high-performing virtual teams
Excellent strategic thinking: able to lead on the development and delivery of organisation-wide strategies and roadmaps
Ideal Skills
Familiarity with Trusted Research Environments / Data Safe Havens / ISO27001
Strong track-record of being able to energise ommunities on the need for appropriate information governance and security.
Other information
Due to Covid 19, the Wellcome Genome Campus closed for all but essential functions and facilities. As we begin restarting our science, we have implemented measures to support our staff on site including one way systems, enhanced cleaning and increased facilities for handwashing. You can learn more about our campus and our return to research here.

Interviews will be taking place virtually.

Application Process:
Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role using the criteria set out above and in the job description.

Closing date: 23rd May 2021


About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site
Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
A car-share initiative
Free parking
A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events
In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.sanger.ac.uk.