DublinDigital - Smart Buildings

Lead Physical Security Design Engineer

Full Time / Permanent / Hybrid

About the job:
As the Lead Physical Security Design Engineer, you will have a proven track record working in data centre and CRE environments.

In this pivotal role, you will be a key member of our Digital Services team, not only leading and managing projects but also driving the growth of our business in this sector.

Your expertise will help us chart a secure course into the future of data centre physical security.

About you:

  • Degree in computer science, Information Technology, or a related field. Master or professional certification (e.g., CISSP, CISM) advantageous.

  • 10+ years’ experience in data centre, commercial, healthcare, and pharma security design

  • Proven experience in security design, specifically in data centre environments.

  • Strong knowledge of security architectures, networks, access controls, and secure coding practices.

  • Experience with industry standards, i.e. – excellent understanding of EN/ISO/BS standards regulations/codes and relevant security systems certification standards.

  • Experience in conducting physical on-site data centre security evaluations.

  • Demonstrable CPD record in engineering/technology subjects.

  • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software.

  • Experience in CAD document handling and drawing production.

  • Experience with Bluebeam documents and designing with Revit.

Your day-to-day activities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of detailed security designs for data centres, including physical security measures (VSS, access control systems, intrusion detection, etc..).

  • Conduct risk assessments, threat modelling, and vulnerability analyses to evaluate physical and cyber security risks.

  • Ensure compliance with local, national, and international security legislation and standards, including those specifically related to physical security.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand and address specific security requirements.

  • Regularly evaluate and upgrade security systems as per industry best practices and emerging threats.

  • Work closely with IT, Operations, and Facilities Management teams to ensure an integrated approach to security, aligning protocols with overall business objectives.

  • Provide training and technical guidance on security protocols to staff and management, with a particular focus on awareness of physical security measures and procedures.

  • Develop cost benefit analysis of security systems, appraisal of system investments, market studies and regulatory and licensing issues advantageous.

  • Coordinating security design at technical meetings with technical counterparts in other engineering disciplines.

  • Ensure specifications, drawings and calculations meet industry, legal and quality standards.

  • Facilitate peer and QA review of all documents and drawings.

Desirable Attributes:

  • Advanced expertise in emerging trends and technologies in physical security, including smart surveillance systems, biometric authentication, and advanced access control systems.

  • Prior experience in implementing physical security measures in data centres, such as secure zones, VSS systems, perimeter security, intrusion detection systems, and emergency response protocols.

  • Familiarity with threat modelling and risk assessment methods specific to physical security in data centre environments and CRE.

  • Certification or training in physical security-specific programs (e.g., PSP, CPNI) is highly regarded.

  • Understanding of the integration of physical and cyber security measures for a comprehensive security approach.


  • Flexible working times

  • 20 Days holidays up to 25 days

  • Pension Scheme

  • Working travel out-of-pocket expenses

  • Travel tax scheme or bike-to-work scheme

  • Regular training/mentoring / further college support

  • Support for Chartership

  • Subsidised Health Insurance Allowance

  • A Professional Subscription Fee paid by the company

  • Paid Statutory Leaves

  • Healthcare check-ups and flu vaccinations

  • Gym / Fitness membership

  • Heavily subsidised social committee (5 a side, golf society, climbing club and regular social events)

At Ethos, we offer free Fridays every second Friday as a perk! Apply today and take the first step towards a healthier work-life balance!

Our vision is to: “Be the company people want to work with, and for

Our values differentiate and focus us every day to be EPIC - for our people and our customers.

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