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ITS Information Security Manager - any GLPG location

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Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company. We’re in the business of changing lives.

Galapagos’ mission is to make a lasting positive contribution to society through discovery of innovative therapies for diseases with large unmet medical need. Galapagos seeks to develop a robust portfolio of therapies that have the potential to revolutionize existing treatment paradigms. The company’s ambition is to become a leading global biopharmaceutical company, focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines to improve patients’ lives. Galapagos’ historic focus on developing first-in-class medicines based on the discovery of novel targets in inflammation and fibrosis has led to the successful launch of our first medicine in rheumatoid arthritis in 2020 and in ulcerative colitis in 2021. The pivotal study in Crohn’s Disease is fully recruited and we expect topline data and potential approval in this new indication in a couple of years.

Galapagos is now entering an exciting new chapter to expand and diversify its pipeline for the future, starting with oncology, specifically CAR-T cell-therapy, a transformative treatment of different types of cancer. Through the combined acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio, we are propelling ourselves into next-generation cell therapies. CellPoint brings a novel, decentralized point-of-care cell therapy manufacturing model, which has the potential to offer efficient, 7-day time to treatment and avoids complex logistics, resulting in potential better patient outcomes and broader access. AboundBio’s cutting-edge fully human antibody-based platform provides access to a research engine for next generation multi-targeting CAR-Ts that have the potential to deliver deeper and durable clinical responses and that will be developed using CellPoint’s decentralized model.

We are looking for an ITS Information Security Manager - any GLPG location

Scope of the job

Galapagos’ activities are rapidly expanding, leading to an increased need for new computer systems solutions throughout the company. The ITS department works in close collaboration with all departments to select, implement and support systems. Many of the activities are executed through planned projects.

Within the global team you will be responsible for managing the information security roadmap to ensure our IT solutions are compliant with the Information Security policies. Secondly you will manage the IT risk management process and follow-up on risk mitigation activities. Lastly you will actively manage the relationship with our partner for security operations (SOC) and will provide technical security insights and advice to our IT projects and IT operations. From this position, and depending on the opportunities, your interests and capabilities, you might grow into an information security and/or risk management leadership position.

Your role

You will have a pivotal role in between the business and the IT team. On the one hand you will need to translate and challenge the needs of the business which requires insight into and understanding of their business and processes; on the other hand you will work on and in line with the IT information security controls which requires close collaboration with the more technically skilled people of the team. In this role, you will you report into the Chief Information Security Officer of Galapagos.

During your analysis, you will build up knowledge and expertise with regards to Galapagos applications and IT infrastructure. You will also function as technical security advisor after a solution is in production, possibly in close collaboration with external partners.

In this position you will get the opportunity to:

  • Work on very innovative IT solutions;
  • Yearly training planning
  • Have an impact on the organization’s short-term and long-term success;
  • Responsibility for 'operationalize' the cyber security framework;
  • Lead analysis and resolution in case critical security incidents;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and service providers on cyber security matters
  • Rapid learning curve as you will work very close with both scientific and technology experts as well as their applications.


Job requirements

Who are you?

  • A Bachelor, Master or specialized degree in IT Science, information security, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • At least 5-10 years relevant experience in IT projects, IT operations and information security or risk management; preferably in Pharma/Biotech
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with technologies like AWS, Microsoft 365 /Azure, Zero Trust
  • Have a good understanding of highly regulated industries, like pharma, banking a/o aerospace.
  • Good communicator
  • Located somewhere enabling you to come to our Mechelen offices at regular intervals, otherwise working remotely.

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!


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