Associate Director, IT Infrastructure & Security

South San Francisco, CA
Jul 21, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


Position Summary:

The Associate Director, IT Infrastructure and Security, reporting to the CIO, is accountable for a service strategy that is aligned with GBT strategic objectives. This leader will develop and maintain a high performing team to deliver a resilient technology infrastructure, cybersecurity and capabilities which improve productivity and collaboration in supporting a global distributed workforce.  This position will be an advocate for GBT's total information security needs and responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive risk-based information security strategy to optimize the security posture of the company. They will be a member of the Information Technology Leadership Team and will use their proven leadership, knowledge, and experience to deliver high-quality execution and operational excellence necessary to support a dynamic global biopharmaceutical business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Partners, collaborates, and develops strong relationships within Information Technology functional leaders to understand technology infrastructure and security needs in support of corporate strategy, corporate objectives, and major functional objectives
  • Ensures the strategy, infrastructure and security operating models (organization, talent, employees, vendors, processes, technologies) addresses GBT's immediate and long-term business needs and is synergistic with the overall IT strategy
  • Proactively manages capacity, technology life cycle, effectiveness, and delivery of key services
  • Directs and oversee all IT Infrastructure and Security operations. Ensures proper staffing leveraging Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and employees. Manage demand and delivery through internal teams, suppliers, and partners through a portfolio of services, projects, operational processes, and metrics
  • Develops and maintains 2 year rolling roadmaps that optimally reflect business strategic objectives, efficient sequencing, resources, and funding
  • Partners with IT leaders to develop and maintain an enterprise technical architecture that is based upon cloud and external services
  • Utilizes best practices, structured approaches, and architecture standards for evaluating, designing, and implementing services/solutions to meet requirements for functionality, performance, availability, scalability, security, and disaster recovery; proactively manage performance of key vendors and third parties
  • Implements policies, procedures, automation, and controls for consistent delivery of high availability services in a cost-effective manner
  • Partners with counterparts in other functional areas to implement and operationalize controls necessary for cyber security, GxP, SOX, GDPR, and other relevant compliance standards
  • Develops and continuously maintains budgets that align with plans and service levels; proactively improve value over cost ratio
  • Recruits, develops, and leads the IT security and infrastructure teams
  • Develop, maintain, and oversee a company wide information security program and ensure understanding of and commitment to the program within GBT
  • Develop, maintain and oversee information security policies, procedures and control techniques to address all applicable requirements
  • Ensures that compliance and security considerations are embedded in the culture and service delivery
  • Oversee the establishment and maintenance of a security operation that strives for automated and continuous monitoring in the detection; containment and mitigation of incidents
  • Define, identify and classify critical information assets, assess threats and vulnerabilities regarding those assets and implement safeguard recommendations


  • BA/BS in computer science, management information systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates analytical skills, problem solving, initiative, judgment, decision making and writing ability
  • 8+ years of progressively increasing responsibility and achievement in Information Technology.
  • Experience managing and supporting systems on a wide variety of platforms
  • Extensive IT infrastructure and day to day IT operations experience
  • Proven people skills in managing IT staff and multiple IT teams
  • Articulate and communicate thoughts, ideas, proposals up and down the organization
  • Strong time management skills. Ability to adapt and efficiently work with shifting priorities
  • Experience managing large-scale portfolio and projects in a team-oriented matrixed organizational environment
  • Experience with federal and global regulations, guidance, and compliance requirements related to computerized systems
  • Biopharma industry experience is a plus

Fit with GBT culture:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT's Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity

NOTE:  This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Global Blood Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.