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Position summary:

The security specialist within RA is responsible for all things related to cyber security within the company.  You are the primary contact person within RA, but also the go-to person for questions from outside of RA on that subject. You ensure security policies are being created (by you or maybe others), remain up-to-date, fully implemented, complied with throughout RA and tested if needed. This means you work with colleagues from both IT and business departments in order for RA to be compliant to the policies and acts responsibly towards all data and other resources entrusted to us by our employees, partners and clients. You will give asked and unasked advice on all matters related to cyber security and are not afraid to get your hands dirty and perform many operational and project leader like activities to move RA forward.

You will be working in a high-pressure environment within a fast growing and fast-paced global organization. And you are at the right place if you enjoy getting people to cooperate and comply without being in a hierarchical position of strength.



  • Works to support Enabling Tech department in all security activities, e.g. security assessments, pen tests, due diligence questionnaires, etc and makes sure proper follow up is given to the outcomes by yourself or others.

  • Drafts and implements security related policies and procedures within RA to ensure compliance with the company’s control requirements manual or related documentation and other compliance activities.

  • Serves as a liaison for the Dir Tech for all security issues.

  • Supports Dir Tech to oversee all systems (including Cloud) and applications to establish proper controls. Works with IT and business teams to monitor security alerts and mitigate security issues in a timely matter.

  • Helps to build a Security strategy for RA and create a cyber security year plan and executes that pro-actively.

  • Monitors systems usage to confirm that employees have the proper level of information access.

  • Investigates improper use of data and/or devices, reports violations to the Dir Tech and ensures violations are solved.

  • Conducts information systems audits to ensure system information is secure from breach and unauthorized access, and ensures follow up if needed.

  • Works with IT and business teams in planning and conducting user training to provide overviews of systems security and improves security efficiency.

  • Performs other related cyber security duties as needed by RA and/or assigned.



  • Extensive knowledge of computer systems,

  • Extensive knowledge of data communications security procedures/protocols,

  • Extensive experience with key control testing and other cyber testing mechanisms,

  • Extensive experience with writing and implementing security policies throughout organisations,

  • Ability to install and make use of security software to monitor system usage,

  • Knowledge of ISO, SOC and other cyber standards,

  • Knowledge of CrowdStrike, Splunk, Microsoft security center, Azure security center and other major Security tools and applications,

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail,

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills,

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and preferably other languages,

  • Experience with dealing with internal and external engineers and sr managers alike,

  • Experience managing external parties like auditors and pen testers,

  • Excellent persuasiveness and flexibility competences and,

  • Excellent coaching abilities




Commensurate with experience


Deadline:  Starting asap



Only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands will be considered



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