Lead IS Strategic Projects and Digital Transformation


Job Description

Lead IS Strategic Projects and Digital Transformation - (210004FV)


To assess and implement security controls within digital transformation initiatives including core banking, business applications and systems, associated systems, and the underlying infrastructure.


§ Advise on architectural security aspects of strategic initiatives such as Core Banking, Digital Platforms, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Alternate Delivery Channels, Cloud Computing, etc.

  • Identify risks that arise from existing and future solution architectural designs, and ensure designs mitigate identified risks and adequate controls are applied across the solutions.
  • Incorporate best practices and the latest architectural frameworks, standards and protocols.
  • Advise on integrated security solution/control designs for improved security, visibility, and responsiveness.
  • Conduct due diligence and security baselining of new technology acquisitions.

§ Advise on HBL IT and Information Security Policies, Procedures and Standards in line with international best practices.

§ Assess security baselines for Applications and IT infrastructure (including Operating Systems, Database, Networks, Firewalls, Virtual Machines, Cloud etc.).

  • Advise on security vulnerabilities and techniques for defending against them.
  • Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data & progress against goals & KPI’s. Identify trends and opportunities and communicate action or impact across all levels.
  • Enhances security team accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; mentoring team members.
  • Determines security requirements by evaluating business strategies and requirements; researching information security standards; conducting system security and vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; studying architecture/platform; identifying integration issues; preparing cost estimates.
  • Plans security systems by evaluating network and security technologies; developing requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related security and network devices; designs public key infrastructures (PKIs), including use of certification authorities (CAs) and digital signatures as well as hardware and software; adhering to industry standards.
  • Advise on processes for maintaining the security of a system or solution throughout its full lifecycle.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

People Management

§ Lead and manage IS Strategic Projects & Digital Transformation Team.

§ Build and maintain professional relationships with IT and IS stakeholders.

§ Provide relevant guidance and assign appropriate resources on projects and engagements.

§ Ability to formulate and communicate strategies rooted in deep knowledge of product, consumer, and market factors, with the ability to think creatively and outside the box.

§ Demonstrated ability to gather and synthesize complex information, make sound tactical decisions, and communicate such information in a clear, simple way to a variety of audiences, ranging from senior executives to working-level analysts and technical specialists.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters in Computer Science or Information Security or IT
  • At least one of the following professional certification:


Minimum experience:
  • Minimum 12 years’ experience in Information Security or Security Architecture, preferably of banking sector.

Primary Location: PK-SD-Karachi
Work Locations: 7000-HBL Plaza, HOK Habib Bank Plaza I.I. Chundrigar Road Karachi
Function: Information Security

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