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Senior Director of Security

Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Tysons Corner, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ Inc. is hiring a dynamic Senior Director as the chief security officer (CSO) to join our growing organization in a very exciting time. In this role, you'll be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic, geographically dispersed industrial and personnel security program and engaging externally with our broad customer base. The CSO is the US Security Advisor for the US Chief Executive Officer, US Executive Leadership Team, and Global leadership team. The role is located in the Northern Virginia area – Tysons, Reston, or Lorton.


As a successful CSO, you will foster a culture of security awareness that drives behavioral changes within the company to minimize risk to ensure the physical safety and integrity of personnel and company information. You will manage all aspects of our security program - personnel clearances, secure facilities / systems, insider threat, policies, procedures, and customer compliance.


Our ideal candidate is resourceful, steadfast and challenges conventional approaches to find better ways to navigate intricate bureaucracies. The CSO must possess the ability to work both independently and collaboratively and have strong communication / interpersonal skills with a customer service-oriented mindset. We are looking for a leader to build and execute important processes, then re-imagine them to help us deliver outcomes to our customers faster while maintaining rigorous compliance with our customers' requirements. Demonstrated capability to think creatively and develop strategies and processes that maintain a strong security posture while enabling business outcomes is critical to this role.

Your Contribution to the Mission:

  • Lead management of compliance, personnel, and physical security programs
  • Ensure mandatory USG reporting as it relates to personnel, facility, and insider threat programs.
  • Liaise directly with assigned DCSA IS Rep, other Government Security Agencies, and teaming partners to ensure full and timely compliance with government directives, regulations, and reporting
  • Arbitrates policy and processes around personnel, clearances, and our facilities.
  • Operating and optimizing processes to grow and maintain QinetiQ US cleared workforce at pace with our USG business.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and expert consultation to Executive leadership team and employees
  • Identifies and documents unique local threats & vulnerabilities; makes recommendation to risk management status and reports threat indicators into the Insider Threat Process
  • Oversee security education, insider threat awareness, and training activities for facility management, personnel, and others, as appropriate
  • Ensure periodic self-inspections of the NISP security program are conducted and that corrective action is taken for all identified findings and vulnerabilities

To Land This Job, You Need:

  •  Active US Top Secret security clearance
  • 10+ years of progressive security experience
  • Experience in SCIF operations and management
  • Knowledge of both DoD and IC customer workflows.
  • In-depth understanding of security manuals, directives, and Executive Orders; to include NISPOM and its amplifying directives (DCIDs, ICDs, Sponsor Instruction, etc.)
  • Experience leading, managing, and engaging a team of security professionals
  • The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements under Executive Order 14042 are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption


Preferred Qualifications


  • SCI eligibility or Active SCI clearance w/ polygraph
  • Experience with FOCI mitigation
  • Experience working with or administration of a Special Security Agreement (SSA)
  • Affinity with Intelligence and Defense customers
  • 10-15 years of progressive security experience
  • Previous Chief Security Officer or Deputy experience
  • Mergers and acquisition experience – due diligence and/or integration


Job Type:  Full Time

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:

DOD Top Secret or higher clearance


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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.