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22 Jan 2021

Full-Time SDA Information Security Specialist

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£40,800 – £48,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

The SDA team is seeking an Information Security Specialist to lead, coordinate and assure all activities towards achieving Information Assurance (IA) /cyber security accreditation on its HM Submarines.

The role within Information Assurance is pivotal to ensuring that our data is stored, provided with the appropriate level of security and retrievable in the shortest possible timescale. As an integral part of the team, you will advise senior colleagues on information security and liaise with stakeholders on complex and contentious matters in your subject area.


The SAC (Security Assurance Coordinator) monitors and reports to the Accreditor, Information Asset Owner (IAO) and Delivery Team on all security matters relating to a project.

The primary tasks of the SAC are to:

• Lead & establish the programme of work to ensure information assets are adequately protected at the platform assurance level.
• Ensure all appropriate actions are taken to achieve cyber security accreditation;
• Provide advice on security policy covering both policy that is already in place e.g., HMG SPF, Departmental Policy (JSP440), IEC/ISO 27001 controls and the creation of new security-related documents for the project, such as a Risk Management Accreditation Document Set (RMADS), relevant legislation (e.g. Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act), technical solutions, risk management and Information Assurance;
• Lead the activities required to maintain security accreditation throughout the Submarine equipment’s project life-cycle. This will involve the liaison and provision of an interface between the relevant accreditor(s), the primary and sub supply chain, the project team and the end user community, ensuring that all aspects of security are delivered throughout the Submarine equipment’s project life-cycle.
• Lead on the work required to prioritise and maintain Security Cases and keep the User informed on any changes that may impact on Operational aspects.
• Prioritising and implementing security measures within the maintenance periods set for each Submarine.
• Lead a team of Information Assurance analysts to ensure high quality work is delivered that meets the needs of the business and required standards.
• Provide expert advice and guidance in supporting the delivery of Information Assurance strategy, policy and solutions relevant to specialist area.
• Provide advice and support on cyber security (policy, implementation, risk management, technical testing etc.)
• Provide expert advice and guidance in supporting the delivery of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning.
• Lead the testing of relevant controls on the implementation of any system, platform or infrastructure to ensure alignment with security architecture and policy.
• This role involves engaging effectively with a large stakeholder base, including the capability customer; in-service community; intelligence community and UK Subject Matter Experts in IA/cyber and involvement in early activities to understand how to better integrate the cyber and safety domains within the programme.

Please note, these positions will be open to Sole UK Nationals only and some posts will require enhanced DV clearance.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• The ability to evidence a substantial range of cyber and information security knowledge.
• Experience, knowledge and/or qualifications in one or more of the following: Information risk management, information security (e.g. CISSP),
• Experience in RMADS (risk management and accreditation and document set) or security cases

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Experience in leading and managing cyber security on complex engineering programmes.
• Experience and knowledge of cyber security in the defence environment, including knowledge of JSP440 and current defence policies
• Experience of working on submarine projects, and an understanding of submarine systems
• Experience of leading / managing across a broad range of stakeholders and regulators

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Information Assurance

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Communicating and influencing
• Making effective decisions

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

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Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Our mission is to both enable and drive SDA towards its vision to become a world-class digital business. The IM&IT function employs professionals from information assurance and cyber security to management information and statisticians. We act as the ‘digital partner’ to SDA, helping the whole organisation to embed new business processes, tools and technology.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, information, MOD, SDA, security, and Specialist. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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