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Director - Cyber Risk (Financial Services)

  • Location:

    City of London

  • Sector:

    Financial Crime, Cyber Security

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  • Contact:

    Octavian Donnelly

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

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Our Client

A large multi-national technology advisory firm looking to strengthen its Financial Services Cyber Risk senior leadership team in London. This is an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of cyber security, at a time when cyber and technology risks are at the fore of the FS threat matrix. Delivering value to clients, with the support of one the world’s leading security and technology organisations, this advisory practice enables clients understand the challenges they face and then plan and execute projects to bolster their security.

The role

The role calls for experienced advisory professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including cyber security, risk, compliance, digital transformation and governance. Process or operational experience required, sub-sector specialisations are also desired.

The practice offers a fast-paced environment that is driven by innovation and offers a challenging and thrilling experience in return. Successful candidates will be able to apply a consultative approach to client issues address client security challenges through a combination of own experience, in-house assets, research and market solutions.

Based out of London, projects are across the UK – so a willingness to travel is essential. All employees of the firm have access to the company’s flexible working policy. Any flexibility is subject to prior management approval, in line with business requirements.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Building, developing, and managing a team that enjoys delivering timely solutions to clients’ FS Risk quandaries

  • Building, managing, and fostering client relationships. Become a long-term, trusted advisor for cyber risk matter

  • Resource management, financial & project planning of large programs

  • Collaborative team leadership, both remotely and on location, delegation, personnel management

  • Leading contract negotiations and financial management to drive best-in-class solutions for both the client and company at all times

  • Mentoring junior colleagues and assisting in professional development across the wider risk practice

  • Drive continuous improvement of existing products and contracts through innovation and application of best practice

  • Ownership of wider contextual impact of contract on client/company business environment

  • Lead collaboration on cross-functional solutions from within other parts of the business

Desired technical and professional expertise

  • Demonstrated expertise in or with Financial Services clients

  • Focus on industry specific best practice, threats and regulatory knowledge

  • Extensive advisory experience focused around one (or more) of the following: technology or operational risk, risk assessments, compliance, audit, security and strategy, Identity and access management, GDPR

  • One or more of the following: CISA, CISM, CISSP, ISO27001, SOC2

  • Proven team leadership record

  • Strong track record of business development

  • Strong written, oral, presentation skills


  • Competitive compensation package equal to or better than Top4 peers, including excellent bonus

  • Excellent career development prospects

  • Full range of additional benefits

Our Commitment to Equality

Rutherford recognises that discrimination and victimisation is unacceptable and that it is in the interests of the Company and its employees to utilise the skills of the total workforce. It is the aim of the Company to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment or employment on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics). Our aim is that candidates will be truly representative of all sections of society and each candidate feels respected and able to give of their best. All candidates, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection of candidates will be based on aptitude and ability.

​About Rutherford

Rutherford is a boutique search firm that specialises in legal, financial crime and compliance recruitment within the financial services and legal sector, with London and New York being the main focus. We use our carefully curated relationships, networks and market knowledge to find the best fit for the clients in hand. We work with a wide range of clients, spanning from advisors, corporate and commercial banks, brokers, exchanges, MTFs and financial tech, through to global investment managers, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks.