Operations Technology Security Specialist

Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial supplier, is seeking an Operations Technology Security Specialist in our Fort Mill, SC location. The Regional OT (Operations Technology) Security Specialist is responsible for all security-related matters in the Americas region. Develop procedures for compliance with company security standards, policy and guidelines. The primary responsibility of this position is the support of intrusions attempts and ensure compliance of OT security policies. Operational Technology is hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise and is commonly used in the manufacturing area.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and implementation of security systems as well as network-infrastructure with a focus on operational technology (OT), e.g. Firewalls or network segmentation
  • Permanent coordination with regional plants, OT relevant departments and departments of the Schaeffler OT-Organization.
  • Continuous screening of country-specific restrictions and legal requirements and mapping to the existing OT landscape
  • Analysis and risk evaluation of OT-networks and OT-systems. Ensure the awareness for the necessary security controls according to the risk evaluation and ensure the implementation in alignment with the locations and key users.
  • Conception and implementation of OT trainings and awareness measures
  • Collaboration and further development of our KPI based reporting and asset management system (ServiceNow) regarding the current safety situation of OT Schaeffler environment
  • Preparation for regional IT/OT audits of security measures and processes as well as derivation of measures for continuous improvement
  • First contact and support of the OT Security organization and in case of an incident in the designated region
  • Recognize possible threats and review evaluations for compliance and non-compliance
  • Determines security violations and inefficiencies by conducting periodic audits
  • Create and maintain OT security related KPIs
  • Provides support in security management and security architect standards

 Minimum Qualifications


  • BS / BA degree in computer science or a technical discipline or alternatively a similar relevant qualification
  • Minimum of 3 solid years of manufacturing security experience: Anti-virus, phishing, malware, firewall, router, DNS, DMZ, VPN
  • Basic experience with common IT security tools as well as knowledge of the essential IT security standards of the IEC 62443, ISO 27001, NIST
  • Structured working method, analytical thinking and ability to work in a team combined with persuasiveness and high communication skills
  • Initiative, ability to work under pressure as well as high commitment and a talented organizer
  • Very good language skills in English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills
  • Displays exceptional time management skills and multi/tasking capabilities
  • Excellent team player with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and be an effective contributor in a diversified team
  • Ability to work as a virtual team member
  • German & Spanish language skills

Job Function

 Information Technology 

Primary Location

 United States-South Carolina-Fort Mill 



Information Technology

Tagged as: audiots, information technology, it, operations technology, OT, security specialist