WPP is hiring a

Risk and Compliance Manager

London, United Kingdom

WPP is the creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients, and communities.

Working at WPP means being part of a global network of more than 109,000 accomplished people in 110 countries. WPP has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore and a corporate presence in major markets worldwide.

We create transformative ideas and outcomes for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce, and technology.

WPP and our award-winning agencies work with most of the world's biggest companies and organisations – from Ford, Unilever and P&G to Google, HSBC, and the UN. Our clients include 61 of the FTSE 100, 317 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 62 of the NASDAQ 100. WPP are the leader in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and 8th in the FTSE 100 rankings for Women on Boards.


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Why we're hiring:

At WPP, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and it is WPP IT’s mission to enable everyone to collaborate, create and thrive. WPP IT is transforming to create our future IT together that will support the world’s largest creative transformation company. 

The Creative IT team in WPP IT are the technology solutions partner for the creative agencies, Wunderman Thompson, Ogilvy, AKQA/Grey and VMLYR, and are accountable for coordinating and assuring end-to-end change delivery, managing the creative agencies technology life cycle and innovation pipeline. 

With Close to 60,000 people and 4 core brands, the focus in our IT unit is around strategic partnership to enable business transformation, delivering solutions that enhance our businesses effectiveness and efficiency and support products that deliver work, engage clients and leverage collective intelligence.

The Operation Assurance (OA) team in the Creative archetype is responsible for ensuring safe and secure IT operations, protecting our customers, employees, and shareholders, whilst making sure we remain compliant with our legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations.  As a Risk & Compliance Manager you will play a critical role in developing and implementing a world class risk and compliance programme in the Creative archetype.

We require a Risk and Compliance Manager with a deep understanding of the information security risk standards, frameworks, and methodologies we can use to strengthen our risk and compliance posture.  You will work across all agencies part of the Creative archetype to implement agreed processes and practices mandated by WPP Risk & Compliance function.

You will operate in a highly complex environment with multiple risk categories, including IT operations, information security, legal, regulatory, financial and commercial with broad impacts spanning both the Creative Archetype and the WPP Group.



What you'll be doing:

  • Establish risk & compliance community across agencies to drive the implementation and standardisation of risk & compliance approach
  • Work to strengthen Archetype’s DR strategy and approach, working with Creative Archetype’s Operations Assurance Lead, Strategy & Architecture and other IT stakeholders
  • Conduct and support IT Risk Assessments – e.g., quarterly risk landscaping - owning and driving Creative Archetype-specific risk mitigation actions
  • Respond to tracking and reporting from Internal, External or Client Audit findings within the Creative Archetype
  • Drive Business Continuity (BC) planning process to the appropriate level across the Creative Archetype and ensure BC plans are updated and reviewed annually
  • Support self-certification and self-monitoring for IT controls, and maintain an active liaising channel with the IT Ops function at WPP group level
  • Work across the Creative Archetype teams like IT Security, Global Technology Services, Digital Workplace and Strategy and Architecture to design controls, deliver management information (KRIs) and risk mitigation plans
  • Drive engagement, comms and adoption for all risk and compliance tasks to ensure the rationale for task is understood, the mandate is embedded, and colleagues and partners are trained and can perform effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensure that Creative Archetype remains compliant with national legislative, regulatory, contractual and WPP security governance obligations.
  • Be responsible more managing a team of risk and compliance analysts to support business functions in EMEA, AMER & APAC regions.



What you'll need:

  • Risk and Compliance subject-matter-expert with in-depth knowledge of security governance in the cloud and on-prem IT technologies
  • Comprehensive knowledge about Information Security risk standards, frameworks and best practices (i.e., ISO27K1, NIST, CIS, SOC:1-2 Cyber Essentials, GDPR)
  • Degree or equivalent (i.e. BSc, BEng, MSc) desirable but not essential
  • Certifications in security (i.e. CISA, CRISC, CISSP, CISM) desirable but not essential
  • Good understanding of managing internal and external audits (i.e., SOC:1-2, SOX) and assurance activities, including testing the design and operational effectiveness of security controls
  • Ability to provide leadership on complex and unfamiliar situations, often involving risk and emotion
  • Expert communicator with a track record of operating, partnering with and influencing up to and including exec-level stakeholders
  • Good knowledge of qualitative, quantitative information security risk methodologies, and/or experience working with ISO31000 enterprise risk management standard
  • Ability to operate and lead in a fast-paced organizational transformation and able to navigate and champion change across organisational / geographical complexity
  • A genuine desire to lead, develop, coach and mentor direct reports/team members



Who you are:

You’re open: We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are open-minded: to new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

You’re optimistic: We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with confidence: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

You’re extraordinary: we are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we deliver extraordinary every day.


What we'll give you:

Passionate, driven people – We champion a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

Scale and opportunity – We offer the opportunity to create, influence and deliver projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

Challenging and stimulating work – Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?

WPP is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.

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