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IAM Technology Lead - Leading Financial Institution

IT Security & Risk

26 September 2023

Hong Kong

Our client, a leading financial institution, is currently seeking an IAM (Identity Access Management) Technology Lead to join the security technology team. You would be a leading person in driving a large-scale IAM Technology adoption.


  • Develop and implement comprehensive IAM strategies, policies, and procedures to protect critical assets and ensure compliance with industry regulations and internal policies.

  • Lead the design, architecture, and integration of IAM technologies to support effective user provisioning, authentication, access control, and identity lifecycle management.

  • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of IAM solutions, including user lifecycle management, single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and privileged access management (PAM).

  • Establish and enforce standards for user access management, ensuring segregation of duties and least privilege principles are followed.

  • Collaborate with business and IT stakeholders to define IAM requirements, identify risks, and recommend solutions to enhance security posture.

  • Conduct regular risk assessments and vulnerability scans to identify potential threats and develop strategies to mitigate risks proactively.

  • Stay current with emerging technologies, industry best practices, and regulatory requirements related to IAM and ensure their integration into our systems and processes.

  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and guidance to the IAM team, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration.

  • Collaborate with internal audit, compliance, and legal teams to ensure IAM processes align with internal and external requirements.

  • Participate in incident response activities, assessing IAM-related security incidents, investigating root causes, and implementing necessary remediation measures.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.

  • Proven experience (8+ years) in Identity Access Management, with at least 3 years in a leadership role within a financial institution or similarly regulated industry.

  • Strong knowledge of IAM principles, technologies, frameworks, and best practices, such as RBAC, ABAC, OAuth, SAML, LDAP, PKI, etc.

  • Extensive experience with leading IAM platforms, such as SailPoint IdentityIQ, Okta, or similar enterprise solutions.

  • Solid understanding of regulatory frameworks, including GDPR, SOX, PCI DSS, and industry-specific guidelines pertaining to IAM.

  • In-depth expertise in designing and implementing secure authentication and access control systems, including SSO, MFA, and PAM.

  • Proficient in scripting and programming languages (e.g., Java, Python, PowerShell) with experience in leveraging APIs for system integration.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills, with the ability to evaluate complex technical and security challenges.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

  • Relevant industry certifications such as CISSP, CISM, or CRISC are highly desirable.

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