Director of Security Operations, North America


Applied Materials


Austin, Texas


Scope of Position:

Manage the development, oversight and execution of security operations programs and initiatives for Applied Materials at the company’s North America sites and regional levels. This role requires demonstrated leadership experience in managing, mentoring, and inspiring physical security operations teams.

Key Accountabilities

• Budget and results accountability for assigned projects, programs and initiatives
• Lead and/or support various Applied Materials’ Security & Business Resiliency programs and related capabilities, Federal regulatory programs, guard force services deployment, investigations, event security, emergency preparedness, and workplace violence prevention initiatives across North America
• Set site security operations expectations and oversee permanent and contract security personnel regionally
• Ensure standard operating procedures exist and are implemented at all sites consistent with Applied Materials’ security standards
• Develop and manage KPIs & SLAs in areas of responsibility
• Leverage internal case management system to ensure proper staffing deployment
• Work cross-functionally to develop and implement security awareness and training programs
• Other strategic initiatives / projects as needed

Leadership Skills Required

• Must have 100% credibility, objectivity, and respect across all parts of the business
• Strategic program development
• Ability to identify risk and define mitigation measures with a proactive mindset
• Build relationships with team members, peers, and business leaders
• Promote the Security function as subject a matter expert within Applied Materials
• Ability to collaborate with other service functions (facilities, business units, IT, HR, Finance, Legal)
• Willingness to challenge status quo, innovate, and introduce new ideas
• Understanding of differences in standards across geographies and cultures

Professional Expertise/ Knowledge

• Industry best practices and metrics defining operational performance
• Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams around safety and business continuity program process implementation and emergency management (ICS) – preferably in a global corporation setting
• Strategic planning / program management in global security domain
• Ability to identify, analyze, and explain present or future needs for proposed security initiatives to senior leaders



• 15 years in a similar role within a corporate, government, or military security-related organization
• Expertise in program development and management / strategic planning & initiatives
• Involvement in ASIS international and ATAP preferred
• PSP, CPP, or similar certification preferred


• Service-oriented/customer-driven approach
• Excellent organizational skills, and business acumen
• Solid decision-making and judgment
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to work within a matrix environment with cross-functional collaboration


• Bachelor’s Degree required; master's degree preferred.

No. of Direct Reports

• 5 or less

Reporting Requirements

• Develop and manage operational metrics and KPIs with strategic vendors
• Program / project management reporting – key initiatives
• Strategic initiatives plan development

Matrix Mentoring/ Support for Role

• Director, Global Security PMO
• Senior Director, EH&S
• Managing Directors / Senior Directors HR, Employment Law, and Employee Relations

Matrix Team

Global Security PMO, Technology, Asset Protection, Investigations, Event Security, and Executive Protection; IT,
Facilities, Finance, Procurement, Site Leadership, Legal, HR, Public Safety Agencies Travel:

Yes, 25% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:



U.S. Salary Range:

$164,000.00 - $225,500.00

The salary offered to a selected candidate will be based on multiple factors including location, hire grade, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and with consideration of internal equity of our current team members. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, candidates may be eligible for other forms of compensation such as participation in a bonus and a stock award program, as applicable.

For all sales roles, the posted salary range is the Target Total Cash (TTC) range for the role, which is the sum of base salary and target bonus amount at 100% goal achievement.

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