Location: Macclesfield (UK)


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining cutting-edge science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

It’s a dynamic and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or transforming the roles and work of colleagues, forever. This is your chance to be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, disrupt an industry and change lives.


AstraZeneca (AZ) are a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business whose innovative medicines are used by hundreds of millions of patients worldwide. Our IT 2025 strategy is focused on Smarter, Faster, Leaner and Better and we’re looking for a Cyber Security Specialist to play an active part in helping make this strategy a reality.

AstraZeneca’s IT capability is world-class. As an IT capability, we:

  • Believe in Lifelong Learning
  • Endeavour to be a great place to work
  • Actively encourage a “Speak Up” culture
  • Lead the way in Sustainable IT & Social Impact
  • Are actively working towards becoming a digital organization

The focus on Digital, AI & ML, Data & Data Science along with joint ventures and collaboration with third parties are creating new opportunities within the Cyber Security team. Cyber Security will need to be the cornerstone of our IT strategy as we move towards our future objectives. We’re looking for IT security professionals that can help us on the journey through this challenging and ever-changing risk landscape.

In the role of Cyber Security Specialist, you’ll operate within the Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team (under AZ’s Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) division) to ensure that AZ’s IT and information assets are adequately protected in relation to confidentiality, integrity, and availability, across a global organisation spanning US, UK, Sweden, China, Japan, Poland, Mexico, India and beyond.

The role-holder will work closely with all IT functions and AZ business areas to identify new and emerging cyber security risks and provide support to risk owners to assess and record these risks in the AZ enterprise register, whilst also ensuring that appropriate risk mitigation activities are delivered in accordance with the agreed time frames consummate with the risk profile.

The role-holder will also support the wider Cyber Security GRC team to undertake risk assessments of AZ solutions, technologies, applications (both cloud & on-premise), processes, external third parties and business partners, as well as identifying gaps in compliance to our IT Security Policy Framework.


  • Experience of security assurance and risk management activities
  • Experience working within a cyber security / audit function
  • Have or are working towards a recognised Cyber Security certification such as CISSP, CISA, CRISC or CSCP or other relevant certification
  • Experience of working with IT security policies, standards, and procedures against frameworks such as NIST CSF, NIST 800-53, and ISO27001
  • Good awareness of IT architecture, design, configuration, and implementation
  • Familiarity with security controls including endpoint protection, anti-virus software, intrusion detection and prevention, firewalls, and content filtering
  • Familiarity with common attack techniques and their remediation/defence including DoS/DDoS, social engineering, malware/ransomware, vulnerability exploitation, phishing, application vulnerabilities etc
  • Demonstrable experience in producing reports and preparing slides (PowerPoint)


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into exploring new leading-edge technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions, unlocking the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification.

A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate, and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


If reading the above has tickled your senses and you’re ready to join us, hit the apply button and we look forward to reviewing your application soon.


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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.

Open Date: 31/01/2022

Close Date: 21/03/2011

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