Network Security Architect - Agricultural Research

Bracknell Permanent
  • Infrastructure security architectures, solutions, processes, frameworks

About Our Client

My client is a leading science-based agtech company.

Job Description

Network Security Architect - Agricultural ResearchYou will be accountable for:

  • Providing the most senior level support for network security design and on occasion operations.
  • Being the resident expert in Palo Alto environment as well as be knowable with other competing vendors.
  • Designing and developing network security and connectivity components such as IDPS, content inspection, and authentication/authorisation systems for Zero Trust Network Access
  • The definition of a high-level target network security architecture which offers the best solution for risk mitigation, performance, economics, and customer experience.
  • Liaising with information security, the legal and compliance team, and IT asset owners to identify information artefacts in scope of specific network security requirements
  • Supporting the risk process in identifying, categorising, and managing cybersecurity and operational risks throughout the IT network security delivery.
  • Ensuring strategy and architecture is executed via the appropriate solution delivery teams and overseeing it through to ensure that business benefit is realised.
  • Technical architectural governance of network security architecture from end devices (servers, hosts, user equipment etc.) extending to all the transport network touch points.
  • Reporting to the wider security governance team within the Security steering committee to ensure parity of the security posture, within the end-to-end enterprise-wide landscape.
  • New technology awareness, evaluation, and selection. Lead and take part in trials of innovative technology, based on strategic needs.


  • To take part in the definition of the Strategy for network security. This includes justification through analysis, proof of concept, business case, interactions with Transport and Security Design, etc.
  • To challenge and gain support from the business for the network security strategy, adapting with future company aspirations, security obligations, and new services.
  • Cross functional engagement & communication:
  • Engagement with key stakeholders across the business to understand requirements, analyse and translate into technical network security requirements.
  • Development of new vendor relationships.
  • Interfacing into relevant teams to define security road maps for an organisation

The Successful Applicant

Network Security Architect - Agricultural ResearchEssential skills & experience:

  • Proven experience within the network security field.
  • Demonstrate experience providing senior level support for firewall products, ideally Palo Alto (physical and virtual).
  • Strong understanding of infrastructure security architectures, solutions, processes, frameworks, and components.
  • Experience in implementation of network and endpoint security solutions, developing security policies, and governance strategies.
  • Excellent overall understanding of IP and security within a large IT enterprise environment.
  • Experience of identifying and managing technology security risk.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of future IP and network security technologies, equipment, and their benefits.
  • Ability to know when to implement solutions with consideration to the wider impacts i.e. risk, cost, customer impact, timescales, etc.
  • Widespread knowledge of different IP and network security vendors and solutions, and managed services.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of fixed/mobile and data center networks, the security threat landscape and relevant security mitigations.
  • Experience of defining network security architectural principles and policy; and governing their implementation (particularly zoning policy within IT network transport environments).
  • Significant experience of operating in a Governance and Architecture role; or a Design role having end-to-end responsibility and spanning multiple technology domains.
  • Ability to steer solutions based on the overall architecture without dictating the detailed design delivery.
  • Experience of working in a technology-based role and interfacing to a varied number of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Ability to simplify analysis and present results clearly at all levels of the business - including at senior management team level.
  • Strategic and architectural knowledge of networking technologies.

Desirable skills & experience:

  • Relevant industry certifications in IP networking and security (i.e. CCIE, CISM, CRISC, PCNSE)
  • Public Cloud networks solution experience.
  • Vendor management experience.
  • Network security knowledge including GDPR and privacy obligations; and experience within Telco specific regulatory and legislative environments.

What's on Offer

Network Security Architect - Agricultural Research

Science and Research


Offering a competitive package within a environment fostering personal and professional development

Up to 31.5 days holiday.

David Turner
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+44 20 7269 2310

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David Turner
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+44 20 7269 2310
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