Data Protection Program Director


Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20879


Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.


The Data Protection Program Director is responsible for the effective execution of the Emergent data classification, IT disaster recovery planning and cyber incident response management programs. This includes providing thought leadership, directing, evangelizing, and overseeing the development of the programs’ roadmap and creation of and reporting on metrics for roadmap milestones, including the implementation of controls, development of metrics, and planning, driving, and ensuring completion of key activities within these programs. The scope of responsibility is global, enterprise-wide and will span all areas of the programs and initiatives.



Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The essential job functions and primary responsibilities of the Data Protection Program Director will include, but are not limited to the following, as a direct report to the Chief Information Security Officer:


Data Classification Program

  • Leads and directs business stakeholders to establish schedule, budget, and assure quality of all program elements.
  • Keeps close, direct contact with IT and other stakeholders and business partners to ensure that activities deliver the expected outcomes and contribute to strategic decisions and milestones on the data classification roadmap.
  • Acts as the communications conduit to stakeholders and the information security working group; conducts periodic briefings and status update presentations, as needed.
  • Leads risk assessment and audit activities related to the program initiatives and maintains documentation of all assessment and audit findings, together with metrics for initiatives and roadmap milestones.


Disaster Recovery Program

  • Provide thought leadership, subject matter expertise and directs the development of comprehensive business continuity plans and technology recovery plans for each functional area.
  • Lead cross-functional team to conduct and perform business impact analysis and risk assessments throughout the enterprise.
  • Lead the development and implementation of standards, procedures in support of the disaster recovery program and meeting regulatory and clients’ requirements.
  • Act as the Disaster Recovery subject matter expert across all Emergent environments including the development of new features and services.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of business processes, technology assets, and interdependencies of the organization.
  • Lead the organization to design, organize, conduct, and document tabletop exercise and drills with the goal of driving changes in our Disaster Recovery preparedness.
  • Lead and support Emergent leadership team in the coordination and execution of the plans in response to any business interruption.


eDiscovery Program

  • Management of case data, recording and logging of findings in online case management tool
  • Collaboration with Legal, Business Conduct, Human Resources, Global Security and other Emergent partners on data collection and data analysis to meet eDiscovery or legal inquiry objectives
  • Provide written reports to senior management
  • Embrace continuous development in support of investigation/eDiscovery new or evolving technologies and processes
  • Seek out ways to improve SOPs in emerging technology environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility to accommodate a dynamic work environment
  • Support and improve procedures regarding chain of custody practices


Cyber Incident Response Program

  • Lead and collaborate with IT, OT, Legal, HR, E&C, Law Enforcement, and other internal and external resources to ensure security incident response processes and tools are in place to manage security incidents and to meet business objectives and regulatory requirements
  • Provide training and awareness for security incident management including tabletop, scenario-based and live testing exercises
  • Lead investigation of security incidents from confirmation of the incident to resolution and capturing lessons learned
  • Coordinate with technical teams and third-party vendors to triage and contain threats and quickly mitigate damages


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions.





  • Minimal formal education requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline.
  • CISSP, CISA, CDRP, CBCP or comparable experiences



  • Minimum 8 - 15 years’ experience working in an information security technical role
  • Exposure to Microsoft Azure Information Protection (AIP) / Windows Information Protection (WIP) suite within an enterprise
  • Experience working with unstructured data, metadata, emails headers, data labeling, and classification
  • Hands on experience with industry leading Data Classification, Disaster Recovery, and Incident Response products / suites



  • Moderate experience with cloud computing
  • Moderate experience with Data Loss Prevention suites
  • Strong understanding of general security and networking concepts and experience applying same in corporate network environments
  • Assertiveness - Ability to troubleshoot incidents until root cause resolutions.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to transform technical knowledge into business language (e.g., reports, presentations, etc.)
  • Ability to speak both extemporaneously and in formal business settings.
  • Experience in root cause analysis, industry benchmarking, survey evaluation and data interpretation is required.
  • Have the ability to apply logic and reason to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain multi-functional and positive working relationships.
  • Advanced computer skills and proficiency.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills with a solid ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work under stressful and tight deadlines as well as the ability to lead in a fast-paced environment.
  • Above average computer hardware and software knowledge.
  • Ability to multi-task, discerns patterns in detail.
  • Think through problems for logical solutions and remain calm and professional under stress.
  • Strong decision-making ability during both crisis and non-crisis situations.
  • Able to work with highly confidential information.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.



  • Collaborate with project management, technology, and business application owners for the integration of applications and users into the Emergent BioSolutions Identity Management system
  • Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical stakeholders across multiple business units



Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Individuals with qualifying medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices that may prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce.  Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actions—whether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the community—we strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Own it always
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  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.

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