Technology Governance Specialist

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Job Description At abrdn we empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures. Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money...

Job Description

At abrdn we empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures.

Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money to make an impact. We set our sights on giving them more confidence to achieve their goals, and more clarity about what they need next. And we focus on delivering outcomes that are more than just financial – by investing sustainably to build a better world.

Sitting within the Chief Enterprise Technology Office (CETO), Security Resilience & Protection (SRP) are at the centre of ensuring that everything we do as a business is aligned to keeping our people and data safe. We put our clients and customers at the heart of that mission and use this as a guiding star to shape our approach. 

About the role

In this role, you will support the development and implementation of abrdn’s Technology Governance framework with the Information Security Governance Manager and the wider team, ensuring alignment with global security standards (e.g., COBIT and NIST) and regulatory expectations to protect abrdn’s customers and clients. You will engage with cross-functional stakeholders to ensure our core governance mechanisms for technology and security are running smoothly by identifying, reporting, and managing risks, controls, and reporting effectively. You will also support external reviews and requests from stakeholders such as clients, regulators, and auditors. Additionally, you will maintain and develop IT policies as part of the Enterprise Risk Management Framework, ensuring alignment with industry best practices, regulatory requirements, and the evolving risk landscape. Your role will include providing risk-based reviews of third-party assurance returns for Information Technology, driving the design and delivery of insightful Technology reporting for senior teams and boards, and collaborating with stakeholders to support governance initiatives aimed at continuous improvement and risk reduction.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of abrdn’s Technology Governance framework.

  • Engage with cross-functional stakeholders to ensure smooth operation of governance mechanisms.

  • Maintain and develop IT policies as part of the Enterprise Risk Management Framework.

  • Provide risk-based reviews of third-party assurance returns for Information Technology.

  • Drive the design and delivery of insightful Technology reporting for senior teams and boards.

About the candidate:

The technology and governance specialist will possess the following:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of industry standards and practices across Technology, Cyber, and Resilience Risk.

  • Strong understanding of risk management practices and their application in financial services organisations.

  • Fully conversant with Technology Risk and relevant industry standards (i.e., COBIT, NIST, ISO 27001/2).

  • Good understanding of IT, Security, and associated practices in large organisations, including the impact of regulation on cyber and technology.

  • Experience developing and maintaining Technology policies and standards to improve security culture.

  • Motivated individual with an ability to build productive and trusted relationships both internally and externally.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to apply to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

Our benefits:

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around. This includes 40 days’ annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary performance based bonus (where applicable), private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits – including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount portal. You can read more about our benefits here.

Our business:

Enabling our clients to be better investors drives everything we do. Our business is structured around three distinct areas – our vectors of growth – focused on our clients’ changing needs. You can find out more about what we do here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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