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Head of Security Architecture and Product Security

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Travel Amount Required:

Up to 25%

Job Type:

Regular-Full Time


USA - USA - Remote, Weston - Florida - USA

Description & Qualifications


UKG Global Security organization is seeking a Head of Security Architecture and Product Security (Sr. Director to VP level position), reporting to the Chief Security Officer, to lead and support an existing team of some of the best security architects, security engineers, ethical hackers, and security focused developers in the industry.

This is a broad and technical leadership role that covers the security spectrum from building to breaking in order to ensure that our products and operating environments are secure from the start and remain resilient to an ever-evolving threat.

Your team is globally responsible for security architecture, security design, security reviews, security testing, security automations, red team emulations, security research & development, and managing the secure software development lifecycle and associated controls.

You have an unshakeable foundation in the very technical aspects of security, engineering, defect exploitation, and are solution oriented to secure with a bias for action. You are an effective communicator with technical and non-technical people alike and are quickly able to establish credibility and trust. You are comfortable leading and guiding at all levels necessary to achieve objectives. You demonstrate excellent judgement in prioritizing security efforts that mitigate and reduce the appropriate risks. You are driven towards forward progression.

You understand the need to maintain active partnerships and alliances with your business counterparts in order to keep lock-stepped with business direction and prepare the way for successful security integration and alignment with business objectives. You understand when something is not meeting security expectations and act with a sense of urgency and service in order achieve security objectives without sacrificing business objectives. You embrace change and know how to measure success. You believe that security is everyone’s responsibility and recognize opportunities for shift-left principles and managing the balance of scalability with centralized efforts.

You will be responsible for orchestrating all the necessary dynamics and processes to make sure your organization successfully links their efforts to the overall security strategy, operating in the most adaptively efficient way possible and is capable of scaling ahead of the demand. You maintain an understanding of where we are, create strategies of where we need to go, drive execution to get there, and can report out on the progress at all levels.

Primary/Essential Duties and Key Responsibilities:

• Grow and develop the team. Lead and act in areas such as hiring, onboarding, coaching, performance management of all employees under your organization
• Provide strategic direction, set objectives, and structure and resource the organization and the work in a way that improves the impact of the team across the different areas of business
• Oversee critical cybersecurity areas including product security architecture and engineering, ethical hacking, red teams, security development, security research, and security third party reviews
• Lead the security assurance initiatives and make sure cloud, technology, infrastructure, and application security teams are navigating towards compliance to established best practices.
• Create and promote security best practices such playbooks and standards
• Support the teams to identify patterns that can be automated to ease the adoption of security controls and help the organization to shift left and achieve results and time to market with acceptable level of security
• Build strong relationships within the product, engineering, IT, cloud, and infrastructure teams to implement the appropriate security controls and/or help the organization to be successful with the support of Global Security
• Drive a data-based approach to security and utilize technology and/or business relevant metrics to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, facilitate capacity planning and resource allocation to increase the maturity of the security program
• Work closely with internal stakeholders and business units to keep abreast of planned changes to technologies, working practices, and business activities that could have an impact on the organization's Information Security or risk profile
• Explore and innovate through different areas of security R&D including but not limited to Machine Learning and its applications in security, data streaming for security enforcement and detections, authentication, encryption, and other related areas
• Provide technical leadership and guidance to both your team members, peers, and other leaders in the organization
• Architect strategies to manage and control team workload
• Set and measure clear team expectations, goals, and performance
• As a seasoned leader, you should support the team and organization as a people leader

We’re looking for someone who has:

• Strong passion for leadership
• Strong and proved security background - ideally in organizations handling sensitive data
• Software development experience
• A deep understanding of modern web application architecture
• Exposure and proven experience using public cloud services efficiently
• Effective communication skills and is accustomed to working closely with a product, infrastructure, IT and business teams
• An open mind and does not always default to industry norms when solving a problem
• Strong leadership, technical and high emotional intelligence


Required Qualifications:
• Five or more years’ experience in:
• Leading/Managing teams
• Hands-on technical leadership
• Hands-on system design and programming experience
• Hands-on threat modeling, security code review
• Hands-on security automations such as DAST/SAST
• Hands-on Ethical hacking experience
• Experience influencing the organization and team to lead and/or push successful products/projects/process
• Distributed systems and architecture / system design experience.
• Hire and retain software and security engineering talent
• Establish and articulate priorities and goals
• Strategic in nature but problem solving and getting involved when/as needed
Interpersonal Skills:
• Self-Lead and Exceptional communication skills with diverse audiences - Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
• Teamwork, leading and following, including the ability to drive projects and initiatives in multiple departments
• Sense of urgency – the ability to priority what really matters for the business and for your team amongst different competing priorities
• Demonstrated ability to identify risks associated with business processes, operations, information security programs and technology projects
• The ability to be an enterprise security subject matter expert who can explain technical topics to those without a technical background

Education/Certification/License (Optional):
• BA or BS in Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related areas

Company Overview

Here at UKG, Our Purpose Is People. UKG combines the strength and innovation of Ultimate Software and Kronos, uniting two award-winning, employee-centered cultures. Our employees are an extraordinary group of talented, energetic, and innovative people who care about more than just work. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people. UKG has more than 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for its inclusive workplace culture. Ready to be inspired? Learn more at

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