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Senior Director (Business Security Risk Advisory Services) Job

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis


Do you want to start your career at a leading energy company with lots of room to grow? If you’re ready to work hard in an environment where you’ll be challenged, respected, and encouraged to develop your skills and talents, an entry-level job at Xcel Energy is your first step.

Position Summary

Senior Leadership of the ESEM "Front Office" organization that is charged with enablement of business units to manage their cybersecurity, physical security, and resiliency risk through relevant and actionable security products. Establish and deliver against a multi-year strategic plan to develop and provide security services to the company. Direct the strategic work activities of multiple groups that provide line of business/organizations (engineering, consulting, risk analysis, etc.) and centralized (Identity and Access Management, Testing & Verification, and Protective Services & Investigations) services. Run the organization as not only a provider of services to the company, but also as part of a service consuming line of business for other enterprise services providers (finance, Business Systems, etc.) 


Essential Responsibilities

Provide strategic leadership and management oversight for the ESEM Risk Advisory and Security Support Services team. Providing continuous input to the CSO and ESEM Executive Steering Committee regarding XE’s security risk posture.

Responsible for the by development and maintenance of enterprise security risk management using continuous self-assessment and executive reporting.

Provide leadership and enablement to State Presidents and Business Unit leaders to enable them to safeguard strategic projects and operational resiliency.

Talent Development: Ensure that ESEM group is recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse and high performing teams; working within the community to establish a talent pipeline; create an environment of continuous learning and growth development.

Financial Management: Manage forecasting and budget (O&M and Capital); effectively prioritize financial spend based upon ESEM group and company objectives; ensure financial prudency on behalf of company, customers, and shareholders.

Audit and Compliance: Continuously test and verify controls to ensure effectiveness, compliance and adherence to key controls and policies and drive its remediation efforts. Lead efforts for ensuring ESEM group compliance to internal and sector policies and regulatory requirements; driving action plans to any issues, findings, or deviations as applicable.

Industry and Sector Awareness: Represents XE on industry forums and stays abreast of industry and sector trends and best practices to advise leadership and direct/peer teams on when to innovate and when to use traditional approaches. Maintain awareness of current and potential threats and risk to the company and sector.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Finance, Technology, Science, Business, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 12+ years of experience in related field/sector, including 10 years’ experience managing multiple complex functions, teams, or programs with aligned, yet individual, objectives and priorities.
  • Deep experience in understanding risk management techniques, service delivery, and regulatory and industry standards such as Sox, GLBA, NERC CIP, NIST Framework, etc.
  • Strong investigative, analysis, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills.


Preferred Requirements

  • Proven experience leading a "customer" (internal and/or external) consulting or services organization, with a focus on delivery of security services
  • Experience in leading groups to adopt Agile approach to delivery (framework and methodology)
  • Ability to establish and foster strong internal (at all levels - front line to the board) and external (regulators, peers, government, etc.) relationships
  • Established experience in the utility sector
  • Capability in representing the ESEM organization during Emergency Management Team (EMT) activation and response
  • Applicable industry certification





As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Customer And Innovation || 70060:Enterprise Security Services || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $179,200 to $221,000 per year

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Requisition Number: 28322

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