Job Description

Regional Protective Services Associate Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa

Location: UK

Salary: Competitive plus excellent benefits

Career Level:  Associate Director

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. With our thought leadership and culture of innovation, we apply industry expertise, diverse skills and next-generation technology to each business challenge.

We believe in inclusion and diversity and supporting the whole person. Our core values comprise of Stewardship, Best People, Client Value Creation, One Global Network, Respect for the Individual and Integrity. Year after year, Accenture is recognized worldwide not just for business performance but for inclusion and diversity too.

"Across the globe, one thing is universally true of the people of Accenture: We care deeply about what we do and the impact we have with our clients and with the communities in which we work and live. It is personal to all of us." – Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO

Overview of the Team:

People are at the heart of Global Assistance and Protection (GAP), Accenture’s Corporate Security Team. We are an organization of highly skilled, experienced and diverse professionals who take immense pride in serving Accenture and helping grow the business. The Regional Protective Services team is a core part of GAP with members based out of various regions of the world.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Global Regional Protective Services, the Protective Services Associate Director is a full time role, responsible for providing ‘Enterprise Security Risk Management’ (including physical security risk management, personal security, life safety, crisis management, risk mitigation, investigative services, workplace violence (WPV), behavioral threat assessment, event security -executive protection, security and safety systems and equipment, identification of local / global incidents that impact Accenture and the coordination of notification messages to employees, geo-political threat monitoring (regional/global), threat/risk identification and analysis, security vendor management, security training, and budget development) advice and assistance to Accenture locations within areas of responsibility; the role may also include some elements of Global responsibilities.

You will assist in providing strategic leadership of a corporate security program in a complicated corporate environment that values collaboration, independent thinking, proactive problem-solving, integrity, collegiality, efficiency, and continuous organizational transformation. The role requires:

  • Proactive identification, definition and solving of sophisticated problems that have impact on the direction of the business or work effort, where analysis of situations requires an in-depth knowledge of Accenture.

  • Development and execution of strategy to achieve key business objectives in area of responsibility.

  • Interaction is with senior management levels at a client and/or within Accenture, involving discussions or influencing on critical matters. Authority (Power to influence or complete assignments independently, and ability to make decisions, as measured by latitude to devise work products or plans, reliance on instruction, and decision-making ability): Wide latitude in decision making and determination of objectives and approaches to critical assignments. Leads large complex teams and/or work efforts (if in an individual contributor role) at a client or within Accenture.

The role supports Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Protective Services amongst other global responsibilities;you are required to be flexible and be available on call (24*7) to support the people and business of Accenture.

Responsibilities may include some or all the below:

Security Management:

  • Coordinate Security activities across all countries within the region and ensure communication is cascaded to each country and back up to the distributed team

  • Manage or direct the work of other Security team members

  • Foster security culture and awareness.

  • Lead local communication efforts to successfully introduce and implement related programs

  • Apply your broad security risk management knowledge, understanding of policies, procedures, and frameworks to enable business operations activities.

  • Contribute / implement security strategy, plans, procedures, and controls

  • Identify, anticipate, assess, and help resolve complex business challenges where collaboration and cooperation between individuals is often needed to affect the solution.

  • Conduct / support security surveys, internal and externals audits & reviews.

  • Cultivate, build engagement / relationship with internal and external stake holders including vendors, industry organizations, law enforcement and other related government agencies.

  • Establish near term goals and provide input to longer term goals within area of responsibility; contribute to long-term planning.

  • Maintain awareness of relevant country regulations and decisions.

Corporate and Client Security Standards

  • Understand and implement Accenture’s corporate security standards

  • Work closely with project leads and other corporate functions lead to operationalize the global / local responses

  • Collaborate with local partners (e.g., Workplace Solutions, Legal, HR) to ensure all security responsibilities are known and followed

  • Work with the Business to ensure their security needs are met and the businesses are properly organized to adhere to standards and processes

  • Collaborate with Business resiliency leadership and teams within Workplace, Legal and the Business

  • Seek and maintain geographic stakeholder and leadership support for related programs

  • May define and deploy security standards

  • May drive global programs which recognize Accenture’s commitment to clients

Crisis Management, Risk Intelligence, Event Monitoring, and Employee Notification

  • As SME (crisis incident management) serve as a key contact for internal and external stake holders.

  • Deal with difficult and sensitive situations appropriately and confidentially.

  • Oversee information gathering to identify and assess any threats against the organization.

  • Handle incident notification and security assessments by vendors to ensure the timely receipt of information and analysis on events which could impact Accenture’s facilities, people, or operations.

  • Be responsible for the dissemination of such information to Accenture leadership and coordinates any messaging to employees.

  • Be on point for critical issues from the Global Accenture Security Operations Center by serving as a Command duty watch officer.

Personal Security:

  • Active member of Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT).

  • Support employees/contractors/clients affected by internal / external safety-security incidents.

  • Conduct threat assessments to include domestic and international operations and disseminate findings as needed.

  • Support security awareness training, country risk profiles, hotel-residential security, movement security, office security, and travel security.

  • Be responsible for the provision of special security arrangements for a variety of events.

  • Support executive protection and event security management; coordinate physical on-site security, medical and local law enforcement support to select meetings accordingly.

  • Manage / oversee vendors – personnel

General:

  • Collaborate closely with other similar businesses in the community to understand local best practices and challenges such as ASIS, OSAC, ISMA

  • Find opportunities for program and standards improvements, and work with the global team to develop and implement solutions and outcomes

  • Develop and manage local vendor relationships as needed



Qualifications

Requirements:

  • All candidates must have significant relevant security experience with a number of those in a management position; or the equivalent in a private, government, security forces.

  • A college degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced degree is a plus. Motivated to work in a meritocratic, collaborative culture in which work ethic, humility, collaboration, and a “roll-up your sleeves mentality” are critical. Nimble, highly responsive, able to change directions quickly between projects and priorities and meet time sensitive deadlines. Uncompromised ethics and integrity.

  • Industry recognized local and international professional security certifications are a plus.

Other desired competencies include:

  • Possess strong analytical skills, understand complex issues, larger picture, quickly absorb information and deploy conceptual and creative problem solving.

  • Be a natural leader with the ability to easily establish trust-based relationships; skilled in gaining valuable insights through collaboration and communication;

  • Lead, mentor and develop people.

  • Possess drive, determination and optimism with proven ability to adapt, agility and remove obstacles to achieve results.

  • Strong time management skills and ability to multi task.

  • Program/project management knowledge.

  • Ability to travel 50% of time & work outside normal business hours & at short notice.

  • Knowledge in contingency, disaster recovery, business resiliency and evacuation planning

  • General understanding of investigative process.

  • Extensive knowledge of physical security and systems.

  • General understanding of safety/security in a corporate environment.

  • General understanding of legal and corporate terminology.

  • Exposure and demonstrated ability to work in multicultural environments.

  • Strong cultural sensitivities and empathy.

What's in it for you

At Accenture in addition to a competitive basic salary, you will also have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days' vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

About Accenture
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Song, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 699,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.

Closing Date for Applications 30/06/2022

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

Locations

London,Manchester,Newcastle

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected applicable law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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