Head, Business Security - Europe & Australia

  • Uxbridge, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more.

We seek out the best of the best and give them development, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with us means joining a company that makes a difference for others. There is tremendous opportunity here for people who want to advance the industry, through innovation and nourish the world with quality.

Job Description

Location: Uxbridge/Paris/Nyon
Percentage of travel required: 20%

Key Responsibilities

This Business Security Manager (BSM) role serves to elevate awareness around security, resilience, and privacy as Global Security’s primary interface across General Mills’ EUAU business.  The priority is to enable the business by proactively identifying, assessing, and mitigating evolving information, cyber, and physical risks as well as assisting in the response to active threats.  Along with other stakeholders, this position will work closely with fellow BSMs, all Global Security platforms, and Global Business Solutions - Solutions Development (GBS-SD) to align on strategies and leverage relevant expertise.


Partner with leadership to enable the business by ensuring appropriate security risk mitigations are integrated into business strategies and operations (55% of time):

  • Identify and Assess:  Develop a deep understanding of key business strategies, operations, and processes to identify and assess evolving information, cyber, and physical security risks
  • Awareness:  In close coordination with Global Security leadership, elevate awareness of these evolving risks with leadership and other key decision makers and partners
  • Mitigate:  Identify and help deliver solutions (behaviors, processes, and tools) that mitigate evolving security risks
  • Sustain:  Contribute to the development of relevant policies, standards, and processes that provide a sustainable governance framework to protect General Mills

Security management and incident response (20% of time):

  • Advocate for and help implement strategies across all Global Security platforms
  • Support travel security, executive protection, and special events security activities
  • Conduct awareness training with relevant stakeholders to enhance preparedness around security, resilience, and privacy incidents
  • Maintain professional network of corporate security peers, security consultants/vendors, and officials within law enforcement and government agencies
  • Partner cross-functionally, to include external resources and government authorities, to respond most effectively to security, resilience, and privacy incidents

Sensitive investigations (15% of time):

  • Partner with Global Security’s investigations platform and Law, HR, Finance as appropriate to support investigations covering a range of sensitive, complex matters regarding potential violations of company policies, crimes directed against the company, and other allegations of misconduct that may include, but are not limited to the following areas:

                          - Fraud and theft
                          - Corruption (conflicts of interest, bribery, kickbacks, etc.)
                          - Extortion
                          - Loss of confidential information and intellectual property
                          - Threatening behaviour
                          - Purposeful product tampering
                          - Counterfeits and diversions

Goals and actionable metrics (10% of time):

  • Develop and gain alignment on goals/targets
  • Identify progress, trends, and opportunities
  • Communicate results and findings
  • Continuously develop knowledge of evolving best practices through peer benchmarking, industry events/associations, and educational opportunities


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum Degree Requirements: Bachelors, Masters preferred
  • Preferred Major Area of Study: Law, Criminal Justice
  • Preferred Professional Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Relevant public sector training for former law enforcement or government officials
  • 10 years minimum related experience required

Specific Job Experience or Skills Needed:

  • Ability to integrate security into business decisions and subsequent creation/improvement of associated processes
  • Broad understanding of information, cyber, and physical security
  • Experience building and leveraging cross-functional partnerships and elevating security awareness
  • Experience conducting sensitive, complex investigations
  • Flexibility to respond 24/7 to urgent matters with a bias for decisive action
  • Professional relationships with law enforcement organizations and government agencies
  • Working knowledge of physical security technologies, event security, and vendor management
  • Advanced level of speaking, writing, and reading the English language
  • Professional proficiency level of speaking, writing, and reading the French language

Competencies/Behaviours required for job:

  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems especially where there is ambiguity or conflicting interests
  • Comfortable shifting priorities and simultaneously engaging in multiple projects
  • Confidence and executive presence
  • Desire for continuous learning and broadening skillset
  • Discretion and integrity
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgment, accountability, and ownership
  • Strategic vision and drive for measurable results
  • Strong security and risk management mindset

Additional Information

What will you get from us?

  • Competitive Package 
  • Private Healthcare
  • Dental Cover
  • Pension
  • 1st Class Training and Development
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