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Physical Security Design Engineer




Job Type

Full Time

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About Ethos - Urbanism

Ethos Digital is a premier provider of digital design and advisory services with extensive expertise in all facets of Intelligent Buildings, ICT and security systems. Our services are geared towards revolutionising the built environment by using a highly collaborative, human centric approach. – The Creativity between us is more powerful than the creativity within us – that’s our Ethos.

We specialise in delivering state-of-the-art security solutions tailored to our clients' unique needs. Our dedicated team of professionals brings together an intricate blend of technical skills and innovative thinking to every project.

We take pride in our methodical design process, which meticulously evaluates all potential security vulnerabilities. We create designs that seamlessly incorporate physical security measures into the structure by utilizing best practices and recent trends. This holistic approach helps us to effectively mitigate risks and protect our clients'.

At Ethos Digital we don't just design security systems - we engineer peace of mind. Our goal is to ensure that our clients have a security design that's not just robust, but also adaptable to the ever-evolving threat landscape. Our track record in delivering secure and resilient designs speaks for itself and reinforces our commitment to upholding the highest standards of security in every project we undertake.

Location: Dublin (office based) plus remote working

Group: Digital Team

Salary: € Negotiable

Minimum Qualifications: Degree Essential

Experience: 3rd Level College Degree, 3 – 5+ years’ Experience

Sectors: Data Centres, Commercial, Healthcare, Pharma

Job Description: Physical Security Design Engineer / Full-Time Permanent

About the Role – Physical Security Design Engineer

We are actively seeking a seasoned Physical Security Design Specialist with a proven track record in data centre environments. As Ethos Engineering expands, we need a specialist like you who has significant experience with large-scale data centre design projects. In this pivotal role, you will be a key member of our Digital Services team, not only leading and managing projects but also driving the growth of our business in this sector. Your expertise will help us chart a secure course into the future of data centre physical security.


  • Develop and implement detailed security designs for data centres, including physical security measures (CCTV, access control systems, intrusion detection, etc..).

  • Conduct risk assessments, threat modelling, and vulnerability analyses to evaluate physical and cyber security risks.

  • Ensure compliance with local, national, and international security legislation and standards, including those specifically related to physical security.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand and address specific security requirements.

  • Regularly evaluate and upgrade security systems as per industry best practices and emerging threats.

  • Work closely with IT, Operations, and Facilities Management teams to ensure an integrated approach to security, aligning protocols with overall business objectives.

  • Provide training and technical guidance on security protocols to staff and management, with a particular focus on awareness of physical security measures and procedures.

  • Develop cost benefit analysis of security systems, appraisal of system investments, market studies and regulatory and licensing issues will be an advantage.

  • Coordinating security design at technical meetings with technical counterparts in other engineering disciplines.

  • Ensure specifications, drawings and calculations meet industry, legal and quality standards.

  • Facilitate peer and QA review of all documents and drawings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field. Master’s degree or professional certification (e.g., CISSP, CISM) will be an advantage.

  • Proven experience in security design, specifically in data centre environments.

  • Strong knowledge of security architectures, network access controls, and secure coding practices.

  • Experience with industry standards

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to explain complex security concepts to a non-technical audience.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Demonstrable CPD record in engineering/technology subjects;

  • Experience with Bluebeam documents (handling Revit files etc.);

  • Technical information presentation skills.

  • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software.

  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications Word, Excel and Microsoft Project.

  • Good understanding of EN/ISO/BS standards regulations/codes and relevant security systems certification standards.

  • Experience in CAD document handling and drawing production,

  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise your own workload.

  • Ability to work for extended periods at a computer and conduct physical security evaluations on-site at data centres.

Key attributes

·      Technical ownership of design packages

·      Ability to problem solve.

·      Good oral and written communication skills

·      Good interpersonal and listening skills.

·      Commercial awareness

·      Work in accordance with the company Total Quality Management Process


  • Advanced expertise in emerging trends and technologies in physical security, including smart surveillance systems, biometric authentication, and advanced access control systems.

  • Prior experience in implementing physical security measures in data centres, such as secure zones, CCTV systems, perimeter security, intrusion detection systems, and emergency response protocols.

  • Familiarity with threat modelling and risk assessment methods specific to physical security in data centre environments.

  • Certification or training in physical security-specific programs (e.g., PSP, CPNI) is highly regarded.

  • Understanding of the integration of physical and cyber security measures for a comprehensive security approach.

Working Conditions:

This position may require on-call hours, occasional travel, and the ability to work in a data centre environment.


· Flexible working times

· 20 Days holidays up to 25 days

· Pension Scheme

· Your own company laptop

· Working travel out-of-pocket expenses

· Travel tax scheme or bike-to-work scheme

· Regular training/mentoring Further college support

· Support for Chartership

· A Professional Subscription Fee paid by the company

· Heavily subsidised social committee (5 a side, golf society, climbing club and regular social events)

Here at Ethos, we believe in equal opportunities and that each individual can bring something ‘WoW’ to our organisation. So if you don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, but think you have what it takes, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

At Ethos, our vision is to:

“Be the company people want to work with, and for”


Our values differentiate and focus us every day to be EPIC - for our people and our customers.

Recruitment Agencies: Please do not reply to this job advert. Should Ethos require assistance with this posting you will be contacted by our Talent Acquisition Team.

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