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Chief Security Officer

Reporting directly to the Bank Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Security Officer (hereinafter CSO) is responsible to protect the Group's employees and assets. The CSO is leading the Security Depart

Reporting directly to the Bank Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Security Officer (hereinafter CSO) is responsible to protect the Group’s employees and assets.

The CSO is leading the Security Department which is part of the 2nd line of defense of the organization.

The incumbent is in charge of the development of policies, procedures and solutions related to physical and cyber security as well as safety.

Other responsibilities include Business Continuity Management, regulatory and legal compliance, security officers’ management, crisis intervention and management, customers and employees’ safety, investigations, physical safety, fraud investigations, cyber security, branch and corporate building security.

The CSO is responsible to coach and support heads of departments of the 1st line of defense and manage a control framework in order to ensure the Group is compliant with regulations, policies and directives related to safety and security.


Key responsibilities

  • Develop the Group’s security policy covering physical, logical and cyber security
  • Establish, farm, and analyze external and internal security related sensors to maintain an industry-specific threat map
  • Supervise the Information Security and the Physical Security management
  • Manage and coordinate the Business Continuity Management
  • Control framework to ensure that Operations of the Group are compliant with local regulation, policies and directives related to security
  • Review existing security measures and update protocols as needed
  • Design and deploy the 3year security strategy including cyber security
  • Foster a culture of physical and digital security awareness by leading training programs and communicating with the employees
  • Advise the Executive Committee and Chairman of the group on modern threats, such as cyber risks, security standards, and others
  • Design and roll-out awareness program on security including the “insider threat”, cyber security and risk of external menace
  • Oversee the daily operations of the company to identify potential security risks and room for improvements
  • Lead special internal interventions and investigations
  • Liaise with external partners, security advisors and external auditors
  • Liaise with local authority and Police when necessary
  • Actively manage relationship with other CSO of the industry as well as local companies
  • Diagnose and analyze threats and risks related to the overall security and information systems
  • Monitor external security menaces specific to our industry and location
  • The CSO leads Security Department staff


Professional experience & Education

  • Master’s degree in management or equivalent or formal multi-year education in security management, such as military or police senior command and Staff College qualification with command experience at senior level
  • Current relevant professional certification is an advantage, e.g. in security management, physical security, investigations, cyber security, project management, etc.
  • At least 10 years of responsible experience in security management, law enforcement or national military service, of which at least 5 years should have been with the financial sector and / or cyber security oversight and at least 2years experience of crisis management responsibility

Professional competencies

  • Security management in a financial institution
  • Crisis management expertise
  • Crypto Asset expertise
  • Advanced hacking technics
  • Social engineering technics
  • Knowledge of technical, the human factor as well as process-oriented concepts and security mechanisms
  • Experience in managing organizational and technical projects
  • Knowledge of the regulatory texts applicable to the banking sector, in particular, the FINMA circulars
  • Dealing with the security of information systems, data protection and operational threat and resulting risks

Personal competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to balance business interests with risk
  • Pragmatism and hands on approach
  • Results focused, with the energy and commitment to drive delivery
  • Alertness with the ability to anticipate
  • Flexibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Solid organization & planning skills, with the ability to manage resources (budget, consultants, systems, etc.) and to lead change
  • Ability to sense hidden threats and assess resulting risks and make timely decisions based on relevant information
  • Ability to deal with, and solve crisis situations
  • Strong communication skills, including solid executive communication ability
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to conceive and document clear governance principles
  • Ability to build relationships and networks with the ability to interact at all levels
  • Good teaching and communication skills (ability to lead working groups, awareness raising and training sessions) using readily understood spoken words
  • Rigor and strong attention to details
  • Solution-oriented
  • Ready to learn and adopt to changing environments and situations
  • Well balanced personality with feet on the ground mentality

Language requirements

  • Fluency (oral & written) in English and French, German a plus

Swiss residency mandatory

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