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Information Security Leader

Job Introduction

The Information Security Leader is responsible for designing, implementing, and leading the Company’s Information Security Management programme to support effective protection of WG&S’s information and digital assets, ensuring alignment with the company’s compliance and regulatory requirements. In the role you’ll work closely with both IT and business leaders to ensure that information security initiatives are supported to meet business objectives and foster a culture of security awareness and compliance throughout WG&S.


Main Responsibility

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive information security strategy aligned with the company's business objectives and regulatory requirements.
  • Create, enforce, and regularly update information security policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Identify, assess, and manage information security risks, ensuring the protection of our WG&S information, digital assets, and intellectual property.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legal, regulatory, and industry standards, including GDPR and other data protection regulations.
  • Lead the response to information security incidents, conduct investigations, and implement corrective actions to prevent future occurrences.
  • Promote a culture of security awareness across the organization through training programs and regular communication.
  • Oversee the security aspects of third-party relationships and ensure that vendors comply with our security requirements.
  • Providing information security assurance to ongoing IT and business projects as part of WG&S digital transformation
  • Provide regular reports to the IT leadership and the WG&S Executive Board on the status of information security.
  • Build, mentor, and lead a growing information security team.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Sciences, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in information security, with a minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership role. Experience in the distilling or food and beverage industry is a plus.
  • Relevant certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, or equivalent are desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of security frameworks, standards, and regulations spanning both information and operational technology (e.g., NIST, ISO 27001).
  • Proven experience in managing and developing an information security team.
  • Strong understanding of current and emerging information security threats and mitigation strategies.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior management and across various business units.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plan.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare and Doctor@Hand (remote GP service).
  • Our employees can join a defined contribution pension plan. Employees contribute either 4% or 5% of salary, the company contributes 8% or 10% depending on the employee contribution. Employee contributions can be made through salary sacrifice.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of eight times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allocation so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim up to £1,000 per year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive.

William Grant & Sons


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