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Astellas Pharma Vice President, Head of Information Security in Northbrook, Illinois

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Hybrid work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in hybrid work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

  • Global Head of Information Security is a new role and function to protect and enhance the security of Astellas’ data, information and other digital assets globally in alignment with Astellas’ business goals. This role offers the exciting opportunity for a strong senior strategic leader to build a new function that combines information security and cybersecurity within Astellas. The new Information Security function is being established as part of Astellas Ethics & Compliance (E&C) Division (which includes Global Privacy) in order to leverage the E&C network and its expertise in cross-functional program implementation, monitoring, governance and privacy, to accelerate establishment of a robust and holistic program to govern, operate and monitor information security risks across the organization. This is why the role will report to the Global Head of Ethics & Compliance.

  • Information Security reporting outside of Information Systems (IS), will support independence in planning, budgeting and operating security resources and enable IS to more fully focus on technology innovation. It will be critical for the new Information Security function to closely collaborate with IS, Privacy and other relevant functions and Divisions.

  • The role is accountable for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all organizational information systems, data and products and maintaining related Information Security (which includes cybersecurity) governance strategies consistent with business objectives for Astellas. This role is also responsible for directing and overseeing the development and implementation of Information Security programs, assessing and/or monitoring the effectiveness of Information Security capabilities and related programs to reduce overall risk exposure.

  • Being based in either the US, UK or Tokyo, this role must work effectively across Astellas to understand business risks unique to each division and address the related Information Security risk implications in a manner that is in accordance with Astellas culture, financial constraints and resources.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Direct and maintain information security risk governance frameworks, policies, standards and practices throughout Astellas divisions worldwide.

  • Lead & Direct information security 3rd party vendors and monitor for performance to SLA’s

  • Identify, select and implement relevant data, product and physical security controls in accordance with industry standards, as well as maintain compliance with regulatory requirements associated with those controls.

  • Provide oversight to the maintenance and improvement of information security practices.

  • Oversee the information security control in products to ensure the integrity of Astellas products.

  • Direct the initiation of proactive information security assessments, recommend corrective measures, and provide oversight of corrective actions.

  • Identify information security needs and risks to establish operational plans that align with the organization's vision, mission and objectives, and support long-term security growth and sustainability.

  • Develop communication, awareness, and education strategies for informing and training employees on cybersecurity initiatives.

  • Provide ongoing support for matters related to data, product and physical security risk and governance as necessary.

  • Maintain strong and effective working relationships with Astellas divisions worldwide, particularly in the areas that impact information security.

Quantitative Dimensions:

The Global Head of Information Security is responsible for the oversight of all aspects involving information security (including cybersecurity) operations, including, but not limited to data, product and physical security.


  • Establish a long-term vision and strategy for information security governance and risk management and oversee the development of the near-term tactical implementation strategy.

  • Proactively address changes in the threat and business environment through evolving governance and risk management strategies.

  • Maintain current and in-depth knowledge of leading practices related to information security governance and risk management.

  • Possess proven and effective program management skills.

  • Considerable knowledge of business theory, business processes, management, budgeting, and business office operations.


  • Possess excellent people management skills with the ability to influence key decision makers.

  • Utilize exceptional communication, facilitation and consensus-building skills to create support for governance and risk management initiatives and strategies.

  • Develop and foster ongoing relationships with critical stakeholders throughout Astellas divisions worldwide to effectively manage and instigate change through use of positive influence.

  • Talent Management

  • Attract and retain talent, ensures staff development (leadership, cross-functional, technical, global perspective), and promotes and fosters diversity.

  • Develop talent by actively coaching, managing, and mentoring employees.

Organizational Context:

  • The scope of this position is Astellas wide and considers the cybersecurity implications unique to all Astellas divisions when developing governance and risk management strategies. This role will have leadership responsibility, but the person selected for this role will need to help shape the organizational context. This position reports directly to the Global Head of Ethics & Compliance.



  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree required (masters degree preferred) in a relevant field.

  • Minimum Experience / Training Required:

  • Requires strong leadership, analytical skills, business intelligence, effective communication, interpersonal skills, organizational intelligence, relationship management, firm understanding of the balance between business and security, the ability to make meaningful decisions based on sound judgement, and the ability to work effectively with a variety of roles from Executive Management to Security Analysts.

  • The minimum experience required includes the following:

  • Experience and proven success developing enterprise-wide physical, information security, cybersecurity governance and risk management strategies in the pharma industry-l or similar industry.

  • Proven experience leading a Global Information Security/Cybersecurity division in a highly regulated environment (FDA, GDPR, SOX, HIPAA etc.).

  • Knowledge of and experience applying information security management frameworks, such as ISO 27001, ITIL, COBIT and NIST SP 800-53, NIST SP 800-171, ISO 27001/2

  • Total Combined Experience: 15+ Years in related field.


  • Preferred Education: Master’s degree in business administration or information technology. Formal certification in Security Management, including but not limited to, CompTIA Security+, CISSP, CPP, PCI, PSP, CISM, and/or CISA is a plus


Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, national holidays, two Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks


Category Ethics & Compliance

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