Cyber Security Strategy & Project Manager

Job Type: Project / Program Management
Contract Type: Freelance
Job Location: Brussels
Sector: Banking & Insurance
Languages: EN & (FR or NL)
Teleworking: 50%
Duration (min): 31/12/2024


The assignment is positioned in the CoE Security ‘Strategy and Delivery’ team.

The principal responsibilities of this team are:

  • Definition of the cyber security strategy.
  • The translation of this strategy in a prioritized portfolio of initiatives (projects), enhancements, and studies.
  • Oversight of the purpose, value, status and plans for all portfolio ‘items’ as well as cross ‘item’ dependencies and achievement of business outcomes collectively
  • Act as strategy/project manager (PM) or (more structurally) as support to GS team leads acting as PM.

Various stakeholders (contributors and their management) need to be involved in the elaboration of this strategy, roadmaps and in the definition of key actions.

Both the roadmaps and the investment priorities are bank-wide deliverables. Good communication and interaction with middle and senior management levels across all functions in the bank is therefore essential.

Role & responsabilities

  • Perform deep-dive analysis of data security requirements in close collaboration with security architect(s)
    • Identify security design gaps in existing and proposed architectures and recommend changes or enhancements
    • Support ‘right-sizing’ of security requirements aligned with prevailing standards, regulations, Group targets and bank requirements
    • Influence (Group) security policies and procedures, especially in the field of data security
  • Elaborate high level roadmaps: propose priority actions to be initiated in a 3-year investment horizon (incl. elaboration of macro-budgets for execution)
  • Closely interact/collaborate with Group to roll-out standard group solutions; ensure solutions balance business and cyber security requirements
  • Direct all phases of the cyber security ‘initiatives’ from inception through completion; prioritize workstreams and activities in accordance with the overall security objectives
  • Establish milestones and ensure adherence to master plans and schedules; identify and mitigate cyber security ‘initiatives’ risks and issues
  • Pro-actively identify issues and risks based on the knowledge of each project/capability and their dependencies
  • Regularly interact with senior management and executive levels on topics spanning several functions, departments, entities
  • Ensure that stakeholder input is aggregated in a concise, high quality end deliverable, that can be shared with Sr. Management, and is supported by a communication kit.



Mandatory: project management and change management frameworks (e.g. Prince2, ITIL, ADKAR)

Preferable: other relevant professional certifications (e.g. CISSP, CISA, CRISC)


French: Fluent

Dutch: Fluent

English: Fluent (mandatory)

Required knowledge / Experience


  • 5+ years of experience managing multiple IT and/or security projects and programs

Business Experience


  • Solid analytical skills; ability to break-down complex issues into their key components; strong deductive reasoning; ability to draw conclusions from a combination of evidence and assumptions.
  • Extensive experience in financial services industry


  • Experience in cyber crime – Security Logging and Monitoring (use case management) – Threat Management – Incident Management.
  • Experience in Network Security – Network Access/Segmentation/configuration
  • Experience with Agile methodology/practices and transforming the maturity, productivity and quality of teams

Technical experience          


  • Experience in information security (governance)


  • IT background

Soft skills       

  • Ability to lead across multiple disciplines and ensure success on the job
  • Ability to thrive in a complex environment that is ‘in constant flux’
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships across all levels of the organization
  • Actively earn trust with the security teams and with key stakeholders by being accountable, identify risks/issues early and provide value
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills both verbal and written
  • Strong presentation skills to different audience including Senior leadership and executives
  • Quick self-starter, pro-active attitude
  • Autonomy, commitment and perseverance
  • Ability to overcome set-backs and difficulties; seeks (and finds) solutions
  • Solid analytical and synthesis skills
  • Factual and results-oriented

Keys to success

  • Possessing ownership and accountability for specific delivery initiatives/portfolios
  • Executive presence with very strong leadership attributes
  • Good eye for business, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for leading change and ability to bring others along

We use the pronoun « they » or « the candidate » wherever possible to include all individuals when talking about candidates, regardless of their gender identity. We believe that everyone should be treated with respect, regardless of their gender identity.

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