Element Materials Technology

Director of Security Operations

Job Locations US-MD-Columbia


The Director of Security Operations is responsible for the overall operations in regard to IT, information and data security, building security systems, and identity and access management. This important role is an individual contributor responsible for all elements of information and data security, as well as some elements of physical, on-site security within the organization.

As well as day-to-day operations, the Director of Security Operations will also be responsible for strategic vision, scoping of requirements, system design, applications optimization, production implementation, incident response, budgetary control, and adherence to any necessary protocols, regulations, or legal requirements. This individual will oversee the security of multiple laboratories throughout the USA (California, Maryland, Minneapolis, Oregon, and Texas).



  • Design and implement security management systems to oversee testing procedures and manage customer commercial confidential information
  • Manage and maintain the security integrity of the Element’s and its customers’ business. Improve the security and robustness of the organization’s infrastructure and associated IT systems
  • Identify and safeguard the organization from intrusion, security threats, security weaknesses, software bugs and exploits
  • Build and maintain security plan and training programs (Reduce facility threat levels, improve facility capabilities, oversee risk assessment steps, physical security controls)
  • Work with vendors and internal stakeholders to ensure implementation of security management systems meet the business and customer need
  • Lead internal functional security team to promote a culture of security and data protection throughout the organization
  • Define a security incident response program to ensure the organization is trained on the process if a security incident takes place
  • Perform security audits and oversee all reporting (Monitor daily activities, incident reports and maintenance reports) and manage third party and customer audits
  • Creation and execution of all Data Security and building security related strategies enhancing the reliability and security of IT systems, projects, and data
  • Collaborate with and oversee relevant IT strategies
  • Liaison with senior level management and other key stakeholders plus analysts, programmers, and other IT in the organization. Liaison with customer security peers
  • Oversight of overall IT, Data, Information Security, Identity, and Access Management policies
  • Lead training and security awareness programs
  • Ensure compliance with government’s standards and related legislation, such as the Data Protection Act and ISO standards
  • Management of partners, key stakeholders, vendors or third-party service and solution providers

Skills / Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as Computer Science, IT, or Cyber Security; Master’s degree a plus
  • 3 - 5 years' experience operating at a strategic leadership level, while also being engaged in daily cyber security and office security matters. Previous experience within military, government agency or other related security function
  • Familiarity with and ideally worked with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to reduce cybersecurity risk
  • In-depth project management skills with the ability to translate tech jargon into understandable language
  • A deep understanding of various cybersecurity tools and platforms. An overall understanding of scripting and source code programming languages preferred
  • Understanding of current legislation and regulations pertaining to data protection / security
  • Successful track record of effective project coordination, prioritization, collaboration, organization, and timely project delivery
  • Knowledge of relevant IT security related hardware, software, and vendor solutions
  • Ability to quickly get to the root cause of issues

Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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