IHG Director of Security in Atlanta, Georgia

Director of Security

Job Number R704183_32

Hotel Brand: IHG Corporate

Americas - United States - Georgia - Atlanta


About us

Bringing True Hospitality to the world.

We want to welcome you to a world of bringing True Hospitality to everyone. When you join us at IHG®, you become part of our global family. A welcoming culture of warmth, honesty, and a passion for providing True Hospitality.

We pride ourselves on letting your personality and passions shine, recognizing the individual contribution you make and supporting your ambition to learn and create your own career path. In making a difference to our guests and owners, colleagues and communities, every day is a chance to create great and unique experiences, in your own way.

With over 370,000 colleagues in nearly 100 countries sharing our values, there’s countless opportunities at your fingertips.

We’re growing; grow with us.

Your day to day

Responsible for the overall strategic direction of IHG’s Information Security Function in order to support the business while maintaining risks to acceptable levels.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership direction and subject matter expertise on all aspects of Protective Security, Security Intelligence and Crisis and Threat Management to senior executives and corporate departments.

  • Leads enterprise-wide information security program to ensure that all information technology assets are adequately protected

  • Identify, evaluate and report on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the enterprise.

  • Support IHG’s Intelligence led, threat based approach to security

  • Provide security risk profiling and technical security planning advice to new projects

  • Conducts Threat & Vulnerability Assessments & Security Advisory role across the organization.

  • Produce timely, accurate, and detailed security reports to a standard appropriate for submission to senior executives.

  • Partners with business units and stakeholders to implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security at IHG.

  • Identify, evaluate and report on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the enterprise.

  • Responsible for building relationships across Global Technology senior leaders, business leaders and business process owners to ensure a level of understanding and confidence in IHG security practices.

  • Enforces consistent standards for GT security operations and support (i.e. intrusion detection systems, cyber security, firewalls, vulnerability assessment systems, penetration testing, secure email system, access control & identity management systems, network security, etc.).

  • Define ways to use technology to reduce costs and improve productivity to include implementation of new software, new modules, application upgrades, customizations, enhancements, re-engineering of systems and business process engineering.

  • Direct, monitor and mentor on methodology, tools, templates, standards, policies, and procedures.

  • Plan, organize and lead functions within established schedules, budgetary and resource plans; establish goals, performance standards and operating procedures for assigned functions. Participate in creation of department staffing and capital budgets.

  • Coach and develop team members; interview, hire, train employees, plan and assign work, manage performance, and address concerns and resolve matters.

  • Act as an advisor to managers and team members to help meet established schedules and/or resolve technical or operational problems.

  • Directs the identification, definition and analysis of complex problems and provides solutions.

  • Directs and assigns development resources to projects and manage resource demand workload within development team

  • Lead all aspects of vendor management including selection, negotiation, dispute resolution, and long term relationship management.

What we need from you


  • Bachelor’s degree with progressive work experience in Computer Science/MIS/IT, Business Administration or Engineering or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and work related experience


  • 10+ years progressive work related experience with demonstrated proficiency in multiple disciplines, technologies or processes related to the position, as well as, 5+ years of demonstrated experience establishing organizational structure and allocation of duties through management of subordinate teams.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the key principles of Information Security and Security Risk Management

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Protective, Preventive and Detection Security and its implementation

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Crisis Management & Business Continuity

  • Ability to collect, analyze and assess information to draw meaningful conclusions

  • Detailed understanding of regional political, economic, crime and security risks

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the place of security in the wider business and its central role in Protecting and Championing the Trusted Brand of IHG

  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to learn quickly and thoroughly in rapidly changing conditions

  • Demonstrated ability to think laterally and under pressure.

  • Demonstrated capability to influence and persuade and to work across multiple levels of the organization

  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading and developing multi-disciplined work teams

  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills with ability to take highly technical information and present to all levels of management, technical staffs, and business/professional contacts.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in executive presentation and escalation management

  • Strong leadership by influence, adaptability to multiple styles of management and decision authority

  • Create white papers that clearly state the advantages and ROI for new technology investments.

  • The ability to proactively identify problems and recommend solutions – strong process improvement capabilities.

  • The ability to accept and manage changing priorities and address issues quickly and professionally.

  • Strong customer-service orientation and a commitment to lead others to achieve outstanding customer satisfaction.

  • Demonstrated project management experience in organizing, planning and executing large-scale projects from conception through implementation.

  • Change Agent capable of motivating and inspiring a team.

  • Analytical abilities, result-focused, action oriented, and ability to work effectively with customers and IT Leaders.

What we offer

We’ll reward all your hard work with a great salary and benefits – including great room discount and superb training.

Join us and you’ll become part of the global IHG family – and like all families, all our individual team members share some winning characteristics. As a team, we work better together – we trust and support each other, we do the right thing and we welcome different perspectives. You need to show us you care, that you notice the little things that make a difference to guests as well as always looking for ways to improve - click here to find out more about us.

IHG is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans