Security Solution Architect

Date: 04-May-2021

Location: Dublin, IE

Company: Allied Irish Bank

Role: Security Solutions Architect


Location: Our teams are currently working remotely and we expect this to continue for some time in light of the present circumstances.  Post pandemic, we will have a hybrid approach to working, which will include a blend of onsite and remote working


This role is being offered on a permanent basis.


Technology at AIB

At AIB, we understand that the world of banking is changing and new technology is making that happen. Our technology is at the centre of our ambition to be the leading digital bank and we want to be recognised as having the best technology function of any bank in Europe.


Our teams work hard to drive the engine of AIB. They deliver change that is customer focused and helping us achieve our ambition of becoming a leading consumer brand. We are evolving our technology so our customers can engage with us in ways and at times that suit them.


We are building pioneering solutions for our customers in a very collaborative and innovative environment. The Channels Development Team based in our new Digital Hub in Central Park has the responsibility for delivering ambitious business strategic roadmap.


The Role

Reporting to the Security Strategy and Architecture Manager, the job holder will be responsible for the design of security technology architecture and securing the Bank's IT systems, network and applications from current and emerging threats during development and maintenance cycles. The role will require both practical and strategic experience in implementing security strategy and target security architectures and roadmaps.


We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Plan, analyse, and design Bank security systems including network monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention, identity management, access control, mobile device management, and data protection.  Initiate upgrades to security systems as necessitated by technology availability and maturity, security gaps, emerging threats, business risk and needs, and cost effectiveness.
  • Develop AIB project documentation including Technical Requirements, High Level Design, Low Level Design, Architecture Review Board artefacts,
  • Serve as a primary security contact for projects during the planning, analysis, and design phases of projects.  Provide IT security technology and process guidance for solution architects and the business.  Monitor ongoing projects to verify that security components are built and deployed as originally designed.  Assist in reviewing compliance to AIB's Target Security Architecture and industry standards, internal policies, and procedures.
  • Improve the security posture of Bank systems by planning and designing the delivery of security within the solutions.  Evaluate security at all levels including Network (firewalls, routers, etc.), Cloud (Cloud Security Architecture), Server (mid-range, mainframe, virtual, appliance, etc.), OS (Windows, Linux, OSX, iOS, Android, etc.), Application server (WebLogic, JBoss, WebSphere, etc.), Application (Java, JSP, .NET, etc.), Data store (Directory and database), authentication mechanisms, authorization procedures, auditing/logging, and user administration and access control. Consult on security considerations based on system delivery models including internally hosted, cloud hosted, cloud managed, mobile, etc.
  • Support in the development and maintenance of Target Security Architecture and roadmaps based on security, IT and business strategy, available technology, and current/emerging threats.
  • Collaborate with developers, system/network administrators, and other stakeholders to ensure correct design, development, and implementation of applications and networks.

You will need to show us that you can/have:

  • 3rd Level qualification in IT related discipline is preferred
  • 7+ years working in the technology domain. 5+ years working in an IT Security discipline.
  • Engineering background, with proven experience in solution design and technical architecture; with a bias for an outcome based approach.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in working as a solution architect
    • Demonstrated proficiency in applying common design patterns.
  • Experience of the following is required:
    • Security concepts and open standards
    • Restful API's & Web Apps
    • Micro Services and associated patterns
    • Database Technologies
  • Experience of the following would be an advantage:
    • DevOps / DevSecOps & Automation
    • Public cloud platforms and architectures
  • Knowledge of information security and risk control frameworks such as COBiT, ISO 27001, ISO 27002 is a bonus


As part of the interview process you will be expected to demonstrate the capabilities reflected below.

  • Leadership, Communication & Influence - ability to communicate technical issues and strategy to both technical and non-technical audiences at senior levels within the bank.
  • Problem solving and decision making - Deals with complex issues, develops solutions to remove barriers and uses judgment to make sound and dependable decisions
  • Customer Relationship – seeks out opportunities to create additional value for the customer and AIB and relentlessly delivers extraordinary service
  • Results Focus - flexible and enterprising during change and proactive in recommending solutions to overcome barriers and resistance and achieve goals
  • Technical competency – Seasoned change/project/process management and technical experience with the ability to clearly demonstrate how technology solutions can enable and support business strategy.


Why join us?

AIB is a dynamic and diverse place to work. We are changing from the inside out to become a bank people can believe in. And by people, we mean our employees as well as our customers.


In each team you’ll find leaders who focus as much on people as they do on function. Here, anyone who is responsible for managing people is called a people leader, not a manager. That shows our commitment and focus on the development and engagement of the people who work here.


We call our Diversity & Inclusion plan iMatter – because that is our aim.  No matter who we are, where we are from, how we look, we all make a difference. You’ll find a mix of age, race and gender, where everyone has an opportunity to reach their potential. You’ll find a culture of openness, positivity and respect where everyone has a voice.


If you feel you have what it takes, click apply and fill in the online application form. If you would like more information Donal O’Sullivan from the Talent Acquisition Team can help. You can contact him at


By when? Closing date is 18th May 2021

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