Security Specialist

MDA Space
Richmond, BC/Remote
Added: March 26, 2024
Company Overview

Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

The Position

Reporting to the Manager, Security & Compliance, the Security Specialist will support projects from a Government security compliance perspective. This individual will be able to demonstrate sound judgement and be able to anticipate risk to projects and timelines when obtaining Government security approval, assessing security requirements specific to projects, and communicating the same to both internal and external stakeholders.

Responsible for continuous improvement; anticipates stakeholder needs; demonstrates vision in advancing tools, technology, processes; well integrated in the Government security and controlled goods community to stay abreast of best practices.

Demonstrate a capability to provide sound guidance and advice to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements while also enabling the business to meet its objectives. Requires an ability to find creative solutions to problems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance in all aspects related to the Contracts Security Program (CSP) and Controlled Goods Program (CGP)
  • Prepare and maintain Project Security Plans outlining all Government Security Regulations specific to the programs. This may include liaising with intelligence partners such as CSIS, RCMP etc.;
  • Prepare various reports on the status of Government approvals on Security of IT processing, physical security, document safeguarding, etc.;
  • Stay apprised of the evolution of projects by attendance of various internal and external reviews;
  • Participate in the preparation of bids, proposals packages following the internal process from Bid – no Bid decisions to contract implementation and management;
  • Monitor risks, escalate issues, and propose action plans or solutions;
  • Advise of Project Physical Security Requirements so that they are taken into account within MDA’s facilities in order to meet the appropriate security guidelines set out by the Industrial Security Directorate (ISD);
  • Assist with Government inspections specific to projects as required;
    • Inspections: Physical Security, Document Safeguarding, Classified Processing, COMSEC, and Controlled Goods.
  • Administer documentation related to visit clearance requests and oversee the procedures for internal visitors;
    • RFV’s- Each incoming and outgoing Visit must be tracked officially identifying each visitors need to Visit, including what they will access both physically and logistically. e. Site visit, or access to IT Systems.
  • Co-ordinate the tracking, storage and delivery of outgoing and incoming classified documentation and information;
  • Advise, develop, and implement Security Requirement Check Lists (SRCL) specific projects;
  • Provide ongoing training and awareness to personnel employees regarding the Contract Security Program and the Controlled Goods Program
  • Establish and maintain resource lists to ensure all personnel are cleared appropriately based on role;
  • Perform regular audits to ensure all areas of Government security programs are being adhered to; and
  • Liaise with contractor(s) working on security equipment and ensure the contractual conformity of their performances;
  • Act as an Alternate Company Security officer (ACSO), when the Company Security Officer is not available; and
  • Flexibility of hours as on-call after hours may be required.
  • Other related duties as required.
Job Qualifications And Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in ACSO and/or CSO role
  • Full understanding of, and demonstrated experience with, the Canadian Contracts Security Program and Controlled Goods Program
  • University and/or College degree in business administration, law-enforcement, IT security or related fields is an asset
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment and with minimum supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to deal with all levels of the organization and with external customers
  • Liaise with a multiple departments towards a mutual goal
  • Manage multiple high-priority tasks simultaneously
  • Possess good judgement and the ability to handle complex security screening files
  • Must be deadline oriented and flexible and be able to work under pressure

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.


The compensation range for this position is $62,250 - $92,000 annually. The specific compensation offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate