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WSP Canada

Vice President of Information Security [OneIT]

Posted 2 days ago

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Position Summary

WSP's Information Security Office (ISO) is responsible for the deployment of the information security framework in to both the IT organization and wider business community. This includes the Governance mechanisms, policies and processes, tools and technologies, and employee training required to protect WSP information and that of our clients.

The role of Head of Information Security reports to our Chief Information Security Officer and is responsible for leading a team of Business and Regional Information Security Officers across WSPs global business. It is a primarily internally facing role, though it may involve some interaction with clients and third parties.

This position requires a senior management professional with relevant experience and a strong working knowledge of IT security, risk management, regulatory compliance, information and public cloud service technology, IT operations management principles, and third-party security management.

  • Information Security Strategy: Collaborate with the CISO to define the organization's information security strategy, vision, and goals. Translate strategic objectives into actionable plans and initiatives that align with business objectives and industry best practices.
  • Team Leadership: Lead and manage a team of Information Security Officers located across WSPs regions. Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure their professional development and effective execution of their responsibilities.
  • Information Security Governance: Oversee WSPs implementation and maintenance of its ISO27001 certified Data and Information Security Management System. Establish and maintain the Information Security Governance framework; including running the Information Security Committees; coordinating IS risk management, executive reporting and participate in other forums where information security input and approval is required based on documented policies and processes.
  • Risk Management: Oversee the identification, assessment, and mitigation of information security risks. Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure risk management practices are embedded in business processes and projects. Monitor the effectiveness of risk mitigation measures and drive continuous improvement.
  • Security Awareness and Training: Develop and deliver comprehensive security awareness and training programs to promote a security-conscious culture throughout the organization. Collaborate with stakeholders to address security education needs and ensure employees understand their roles and responsibilities in protecting information assets.
  • Acquisition, Mergers and Integrations: Direct the security matters relating to all aspects of Acquisitions, Mergers, Integrations and Divestments. Including the security evaluation of potential acquisitions through to the integration of the acquired businesses into WSP's security ecosystem.
  • Client Support: Develop and maintain a program of client support, to ensure that all client security requirements are identified, assessed, delivered and reported to relevant business leaders.
  • Vendor and Third-Party Risk Management: Develop and maintain a robust vendor and third-party risk management program. Conduct assessments of vendors and service providers to ensure they meet information security requirements and adhere to contractual obligations.
  • Incident Response and Management: Develop and maintain an incident response plan and coordinate the response to information security incidents. Lead investigations, root cause analyses, and corrective actions to mitigate the impact of incidents and prevent future occurrences.
  • Security Incident Reporting and Metrics: Develop and maintain metrics, reports, and dashboards to track the effectiveness of the information security program. Provide regular updates to senior leadership on the organization's security posture and recommend remedial actions as needed.

Leadership and People Responsibilities:
  • Displays personal and team leadership in performing their role, with an ability to make complex decisions with limited input and review from senior staff.
  • High level of personal integrity, and the ability to professionally handle confidential matters and exude the appropriate level of judgment and maturity.
  • Assist in the training, and coaching of new and existing staff, and provide coaching to staff executing all aspects of information security and risk assessment and support.
  • Develop positive working relationships with other team members and business partners and partner across teams to align with WSP internal and external client demands.
  • Capable of rapidly assimilating and internalizing complex business, technology, and risk management concepts and dependencies.
  • Capable of clearly defining, presenting and selling recommended strategies to senior management teams.
  • Critical thinker with strong problem-solving skills, project management skills; financial/budget management, scheduling and resource management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate between specialized groups of business unit and IT professionals.
  • Accommodation of schedule for international conference calls.

Finance/Budgetary Responsibilities:
  • Support the CISO in developing the budget projections based on objectives
  • Responsible for the budget for the Information Security Office


  • 10+ years related senior level experience in Information Security, IT risk, IT Audit or a similar position involving IT and business change, including leading a team of IT professionals.
  • Graduate of a four-year college or university, preferably with a degree in computer science or information management, or Professional certification in one or more of the following disciplines - IT governance (e.g., CGEIT), security (e.g., CISSP, CISM), internal audit (CISA).
  • Working (not necessarily technical) knowledge of security technologies (encryption, data protection, network intrusion prevention, host intrusion prevention, firewalls, privilege access, etc.)
  • Working (not necessarily technical) knowledge of enterprise IT security concerns and technologies, including but not limited to VPNs, network security, encryption, authentication, application-level network protocols, PKI, IPSec, Firewall, SSH, SSL, DES, LAN/WAN, and TCP/IP
  • Knowledge of security best practices (applications, network and client setups)
  • Experience with IT Governance frameworks such as COBIT, ITIL and ISO 2700x
  • Experience with governance, compliance and audit within IT environments
  • Experience of risk management, including risk analysis, mitigation and monitoring
  • Knowledge of information security regulations applicable to WSP
  • Fluent Bilingual English and French

  • Master's degree in IT, Computer Science, Engineering or related field

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.

About WSP Canada

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international expertise. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, landscape architects and urban designers, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Environment, Geomatics, Energy, Resources, and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 8,000 talented people across Canada, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come.



Company Size

5001-10,000 employees

Application closing date is 2024-08-14

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