Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) / Compliance Manager (f/m/d)

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
Hours per week 24-36 hrs per week

Do you believe, just like us, in the enormous potential of Life sciences and what this could mean for the world? Do you want to help elevate Life Science research by digitizing laboratories? Then we are looking for you!

About us

With our software solutions, we help modern scientists in R&D laboratories of academic institutes, pharma, biotech companies, and start-ups in the process of digitizing their workflows. We facilitate our clients to exploit the enormous potential of life sciences and to accelerate research. We believe that we contribute to the added value that life sciences research can offer our world and work hand in hand with researchers to enable discoveries in various fields such as but not limited to cancer research, the production of sustainable food in areas where cultivation seems impossible, or the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Your role

As CISO at Bio-ITech, you will be responsible for managing information security compliance and associated audits, including the ISO/IEC 27001 certification. You will also strive for continuous improvements and effective risk mitigation that is accompanied by further growth of the organization. Also, you will be responsible to further lead the compliance and certification with other quality frameworks such as ISO9001 field-specific guidelines (GxP, 21 CFR part 11).
We are a start-up and scaling-up organization. Therefore, you will play both a strategic and hands-on role. In other words, you will write strategic security proposals for security investments, and you will actively be defining and implementing operational procedures.

Other accountabilities

  • Maintaining the ISMS and ensure reviewing, updating, and communicating of relevant policies and policy changes within Bio-ITech
  • Performing risk assessments and prioritizing tasks to improve continuously
  • Coordinating the execution of periodic internal audits for the security frameworks in scope for Bio-ITech
  • Facilitating security and compliance audits with customers and conduct security audits with suppliers
  • Performing root cause analysis of reported incidents and take or coordinate the prioritization of corrective and preventative measures
  • Leading management reviews
  • Coordinating IT penetration tests
  • Communicating our security capabilities and measures to prospects and customers
  • Supporting, coaching, training, and raising security awareness
  • Acting as privacy officer to ensure compliance with relevant privacy regulation

Who are you?

To ensure that Bio-ITech can continue to deliver top quality, we are looking for candidates who meet at least the following criteria:

  • You are a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or you intend to obtain this or other related certificates within 6 months
  • You can deal with a significant amount of autonomy and independence
  • You have proficient verbal and written communication skills in both Dutch as English
  • You are familiar with information security standards such as ISO/IEC 27001 and have experience implementing and/or maintaining these standards
  • We see a background in IT as a must-have
  • You are analytical, thorough and pro-active
  • You are available for 24-36 hours per week

Working at Bio-ITech

You will work in an international working environment within a continuously growing organization to give you a lot of autonomy. This autonomy gives you the opportunity, freedom, and authority to execute any actions you reasonably believe are useful for enacting your role’s purpose or accountabilities. You report directly to the management team. Our headquarters is in Groningen, and we have sales offices in the US. Working from Groningen or remote from home is both possible.

Perks & Benefits

  • Learning and development budget, to spend on courses, conferences or a coach
  • BIT-Talks, expert talks, lunch lectures, knowledge-sharing sessions and workshops
  • Commuting allowance, if the distance is too far to bike
  • Bonus, when we do well, we all profit together
  • Flexible conditions of employment tailored to your situation
  • Flexible working office-based, and remote working opportunities
  • Work hard, party hard, Friday drinks, goal celebrations, BBQ’s and many other festivities
  • International we are, we are an inclusive and international team, with colleagues from all over the world
  • Home office setup, get budget to set up your home office
  • Pension scheme, retire happy

How to apply

Interested and do you want to apply? You can do this by sending your motivation letter and CV to Human Resources. We consider applications until the position is filled.

If we are enthusiastic, we will invite you for an introductory meeting. In accordance with COVID-19 regulations, this will most likely be a digital meeting. We evaluate our recruitment process every week and follow the advice of the Cabinet and RIVM.

An assessment can be part of the selection process.

Find out more

For more information about this vacancy please contact Wouter de Jong, Managing director in The Netherlands, by phone +31 50 720 00 55 or by email: