Site Security Officer (Australia)

Last updated 15 days ago
Location:Remote - AU/NZ only
Job Type:Full Time


Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud platforms and services that millions of people use every day. With more than 95% of Fortune 500 business on Azure, 180 million using Office 365, and millions using other services – all running on Microsoft's cloud infrastructure – CO+I builds and operates the foundation upon which Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization comes to life.

The Physical Security team is organized within CO+I and is dedicated to delivering the most trustworthy and efficient physical security services to protect the personnel, infrastructure, data, and confidential information foundational to the Microsoft Cloud. Our vision is to be the most reliable, meticulous, and trusted industry provider of hyperscale cloud physical security. We are accountable, effective, and efficient stewards of the awesome responsibility we hold. We innovate to meet challenges. We automate and simplify to scale efficiently. We constantly create and maintain a collaborative ecosystem. We appreciate and act on opportunities to improve.

We are looking for a Site Security Officer with TSPV level clearance to manage and oversee the security requirements of a complex datacenter environment in Sydney, Australia. Among other responsibilities this includes managing security guarding / guarding supplier service delivery and performance, security incident response, 24/7 Security Operations Center, maintaining audit readiness, systems, process and procedure implementation, and site selection/assessment.

The Site Security Officer must be an experienced team player, possess strong communication and collaboration skills, have the ability to determine and prioritize work streams.


In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.



  • Is the “cognizant security authority” for CO+I Australia datacentre’s that will ensure compliance with among others: Principle Security Policy Framework (PSPF), Defence Security Principles Framework (DSPF), Defence Industry Security Program (DISP), Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA), and Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) requirements and represent those to the customers/auditors.
  • Internal subject matter expert (SME) to CO+I on Australian Government requirements and how to implement them, interfacing with SCEC consultants, etc.
  • Collaborate with the managers and supplier leads of cleared personnel sponsored by Microsoft to monitor personnel for ongoing suitability and compliance.
  • Responsible for compliance with all Australian Government requirements for being an employer of personnel holding Australian Government security clearances, including the immediate reporting of long-term leave, behavioural triggers, etc. that warrant notification to the Australian Government.
  • Ensure and enforce sustainable processes to ensure only authorized personnel receive physical access to restricted environments.
  • Manage and maintain physical security registers, plans, processes, and standard operating procedures that comply with relevant Australian Government (and/or other unique environment) security standards and requirements during the construction of facilities/datacenters and after they have become operational.
  • Provide interpretation and guidance on Australian security clearances and security protocols to internal teams who do not understand or typically work with those kinds of boundaries in mind.
  • Maintain confidentiality, Operational Security (OpSec), and privacy without exception.
  • Support a variety of physical security programs and initiatives as required.
  • Empower a culture of safety, security, and compliance in all aspects of our Datacenter operations.
  • Establish and enhance strong working relationships and engagement with our Engineering Groups (EGs), and Landlord partners (including contributing to MBRs, QBRs)
  • Flexibility to work non-business hours that may include weekends and/or holidays during security events/incidents.
  • deliver results through teamwork, role model our Microsoft values with a passion for diversity and inclusion.
  • Conduct and support physical security threat/risk assessments to ensure evolving threats and conditions remain appropriately addressed by the physical security program as deployed/operated.
  • Receive escalations/notifications of physical security and business impacting incidents/events and appropriately triage and assess, ensuring that leadership is made initially and continuously aware when appropriate, and that the appropriate personnel are managing the incident response effectively.
  • Ensure and enforce sustainable processes to ensure only authorized personnel receive physical access to restricted environments.
  • Partner and collaborate closely with peer leaders and stakeholders, focused on maintaining a One Microsoft, one team environment.
  • Continuously improve the efficiency and maturity of the overall physical security program.
  • Maintain confidentiality, discretion, and protect Microsoft information without question.



Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to, the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.


  • This position requires an Australian Security clearance at the TSPV Level.
  • Must have 5+ years’ experience as a Security Officer within Australian Government/ Defence
  • Must have prior experience as a Security Officer managing Australian Government personnel clearances.
  • Diploma in security or related discipline, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to be on-call 24x7x365 and to travel periodically as planned or unplanned within or outside of assigned region.
  • Must be an Australian citizen (pre-requisite for the required security clearance).
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products for business.
  • Excellent working knowledge of PSPF, DSPF and ASIO Technical Notes.


  • Comprehensive understanding of the physical security discipline, focusing on operations.
  • Confident and skilled in preparing and delivering presentations and briefings to customers, and senior leaders.
  • Highly organized, task oriented, self-starter that demonstrates a high degree of initiative and requires low supervision.
  • Strong work and compliance ethic, and the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a dynamic and high-pressure environment.
  • Thought leadership and subject matter expertise to deliver one or more large programs and services while increasing standardization, simplification, and automation.
  • Ability to change plans, goals, actions, and priorities in response to an evolving business environment with awareness to operate as a champion for course corrections when necessary.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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