Summary:
A senior level Information Security Officer role offering a significant level of autonomy and responsibility for the data security of a national law firm.

The role:
These are exciting times for Clarke Willmott. Over the past year we have invested heavily in our support services, with several senior/director level hires and a renewed enthusiasm for improving our structures and systems to build a solid framework for further growth and development.
As part of that process, we have identified a need to centralise responsibility for firm-wide information security into one role, reporting into our recently appointed IT Director.
As a new role, there will be scope for you to identify priorities and support for new ideas and projects. You will be responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of our policies and systems, including ensuring compliance with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS and the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark: Lexcel.
Reporting regularly to our Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee and working closely with our IT, Risk Management & Compliance, Knowledge Services and other teams, your mandate will be to ensure the safety of our electronic and other data. You will ensure day to day operational protection in addition to planning for critical incidents / disaster recovery, ensuring business continuity for any realistic contingency. In addition you will be involved in training and coaching individuals to achieve appropriate levels of vigilance and protection, including induction training for new staff.
In our collegiate and approachable firm you will need a confident but flexible approach, balancing the need for firmness and perseverance with the need to inspire and encourage co-operation from multiple stakeholder groups.
Based in Bristol, the role will involve a degree of travel to our other offices for training and monitoring purposes. We can provide a pool car where appropriate for your journeys.

About you:
You will be looking for an opportunity to bring your passion for data security to a place eager for continual improvement. With at least 5 years’ experience in information security, you will probably already have held roles as an ISO 27001 IS officer and PCI Officer and have at least some of the following qualifications:
• ISO 27001 Lead Implementer or Auditor Level
• Qualified QSA (or working towards QSA status)
• Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) or Manager (CISM)
A technical IT background and related qualifications would also be a real advantage, but essentially you will have an aptitude for logical thought, analysis and detail, with the ability to grasp quickly new concepts and absorb large amounts of data.
You will also be a pragmatic problem solver, producing strategies and solutions which work in the real world, enabling us to run our business effectively without comprising our, or our clients’, data security.
With the confidence and calm assertiveness to stand your ground where necessary, usually you will achieve change and compliance through your influence, persuasion and leadership qualities.
You will be looking for a new position with a good degree of autonomy, where your ideas and drive will be welcome and you can really make a difference.

About us:
Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. We provide a wide range of legal services to corporate clients, organisations and individuals.
Having enjoyed significant growth in recent years, we now have over 500 people, including over 100 partners and we are continuing to grow.
Our front line IT functions are outsourced, leaving our Bristol based in-house IT department to focus on infrastructure, development and training.
Our Bristol office houses over 200 people in modern, central, riverside offices which include a café and other amenities.
As a firm we are known for providing a supportive and positive place to work, with an open and collaborative culture. In our most recent (late 2014) staff survey, over 86% of respondents said they would recommend us to family and friends as a place to work and 98% agreed that they had strong working relationships with their colleagues. The UK Law Firm of the Year 2016 survey by RollonFriday.com placed us fourth nationally as a place to work (moving up from fifth place in 2015), coming top overall for work/life balance and second nationally for management.

Apply:
If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please email your CV and covering letter to careers@clarkewillmott.com stating vacancy reference 101-BBL