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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Global Security Director in Rockville, Maryland

Global Security Director


Rockville, MD



Summary of the Position

USP’s mission to improve global health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods requires USP to have a global footprint that includes laboratories and offices in 10 countries, and staff travel to more than 80 countries annually.

In direct support of the mission, the Global Security Director oversees a comprehensive global security program designed to ensure USP meets best practices and its legal standard of care for staff and volunteer travel and security, at USP sites and offices, and while on business travel. The Director is a strong advocate for security, works closely with key stakeholders, including members of the Executive Team and headquarters Facilities management, provides leadership to the Security team, and supports assigned projects. The incumbent is also responsible for planning and execution of continuous improvement opportunities designed to streamline, simplify, and ensure compliance with, and increased understanding of, USP travel and security policies and processes.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee implementation of an appropriately scaled global security strategy to ensure USP meets both best practices and its legal standard of care for staff and volunteer travel and physical security, in collaboration with facilities’ leadership

  • Lead development of global USP security policies and procedures to help inform the development of site specific security procedures to include country specific preparedness plans

  • Establish close working relationships with key stakeholders, including heads of Global Sites and Global Public Health, to ensure program buy in

  • Lead training and capacity building of USP staff in security policies and procedures

  • Provide oversight, coordination, and on-going guidance and support to security points of contacts at USP sites and offices (over 500K square feet of office and laboratory space in 10+ countries, including high risk locations like Nigeria and Pakistan)

  • Analyze global country risk on a regular basis and establish metrics to determine minimum security requirements for USP sites and travelers, including training (over 80 countries visited on an annual basis)

  • Analyze global travel threats on a regular basis and report on potential impacts to USP locations and travelers in the region

  • Determine communications procedures and protocols and track compliance

  • Develop internal crisis management procedures and protocols related to individual travel crises or site wide crises

  • Develop journey management plans and protocols and emergency action plans (evacuation, shelter in place, hibernation) for extreme and high risk destinations and international offices

  • Establish new/leverage existing relationships to understand and improve local security situation on-the-ground in countries to which USP travels and in which it has permanent facilities

  • Assess proposed travel itineraries of USP staff to extreme and high risk destinations, including making security recommendations based upon travel itineraries

  • Provide in-house travel briefing/training to travelers going to higher risk locations

  • Develop reports of USP staff travel patterns and incidents

  • Lead Global Security Committee, including setting annual agenda

  • Other projects and activities as assigned

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required and at least 10 years of demonstrated experience managing global security.

  • International security management experience, preferably for an NGO/Nonprofit, government or a global employer, with offices in multiple high-risk locations.

  • Relevant field experience (multiple assignments in foreign countries in a security assignment)

  • Relevant experience preparing/managing an organization through a security-related event or crisis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven innovative problem-solving, prioritization, and planning/decision making skills.

  • Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

  • Demonstrates flexibility, open mindedness and adaptability to a rapidly changing environment.

  • Sophisticated range of both written and verbal communication and presentation skills appropriate to the target audience including PowerPoint skills.

  • Embrace USP’s Core Values

  • Exercises good judgement in a crisis; remains objective and action-oriented

  • Ability to recognize and focus on opportunities that simplify and standardize processes, educate and inform travelers, as well as well maintain and/or improve policy and process compliance.

  • Accountable; delivers creative, value-added business results through superior execution.

  • Ability to interact with and influence different partners (local or remote).

  • Active listener - seeks to understand. Embraces creativity and innovative ways of working.

  • Ability to work independently, exercising discretion and judgment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a matrix organization and achieve objectives both within and outside of direct reporting lines.

  • Ability to work effectively with multiple levels within the organization.

  • Sensitive to cultural and national diversities and is able to create empathy, influence and motivate in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Receptive to coaching and constructive feedback.

  • Ensures business partners deliver quality work in a timely manner.

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

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