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Practice Co-Lead: Cyber Security and Risk, Transformation & Change - Financial Services Advisory

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    Cyber Security

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    Octavian Donnelly

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    27 days ago

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    January 2021

Rutherford is a boutique search firm that specialises in legal, compliance, cybersecurity, technology risk and financial crime roles within the financial and professional services sectors, with the UK 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, management consultants, corporate and commercial banks, brokers, exchanges, MTFs and financial tech, through to global investment managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment banks and technology firms.

Our Client

A leading advisory firm is looking for an experienced and dynamic Associate Partner to join their team in the UK. This is an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of digitally-led technology transformation at a time when cyber and technology risks are at the forefront of business continuity planning. Delivering value to clients, with the support of one of the world's leading security and technology organisations, this advisory practice enables clients to 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 financial services disciplines, including cyber security, risk, compliance and digital transformation. Applicants must have large scale IT transformation experience within Financial Services. Security operations centre outsourcing or set-up expertise is required.

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 and address client security challenges through a combination of own experience, in-house assets, research and market solutions.

Remote working (WFH) for the foreseeable future, projects are across the UK - with a weighting to London and the South East - 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 & Accountabilities

  • Building, developing and managing a team that enjoys delivering timely solutions to clients' Cyber Security and Risk problems

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

  • Leading large scale IT transformation projects

  • Leading multi-year client engagements

  • Collaborating on RFPs and leading own bid development and processes

  • Resource management, financial and 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, threat and regulatory knowledge

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

  • Minimum qualifications: ISO27001, SOC (1/2)

  • One or more of the following: CISA, CISM, CISSP, GIAC, CEH

  • Proven team leadership record

  • Strong track record of business development and driving billables

  • Strong written, oral and presentation skills

  • Computer Science, Mathematics or STEM background - minimum BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD, etc, desirable


  • Competitive compensation package equal to or better than Top 4 peers

  • Bonus

  • In-house professional development

  • 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 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.


Octavian Donnelly is a Change & Transformation Consultant at Rutherford, specialising in roles within the technology and cyber risk space in both financial and professional services.
Get in touch with Octavian by email at or see Rutherford's current vacancies.

Due to the high volume of applications, if you haven't heard back from the Rutherford team within 5 business days, unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful. If your profile matches any of our other opportunities, one of our consultants will be in touch.

Remote working

Rutherford is looking for regionally-located Cyber Risk Advisory professionals interested in interim WFH opportunities for London, Manchester and Birmingham-based firms.

We are keen to speak with candidates based in Kent, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey or Hampshire.
We are also interested in hearing from candidates in Bristol, Cambridge, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford, Winchester and Salisbury.