Head of Cyber Compliance Team

16 Sep 2021
28 Sep 2021
Contract Type

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Do you have experience of working on cyber security or risk management?

Are you interested in shaping the Department for Transport’s work on cyber security?

Could you build trusted relationships with our industry partners and key regulators?

If so, we are looking for a motivational leader to join our team, and we would love to hear from you.

Job description

Transport Security, Resilience and Response (TSRR) leads on national security matters, ranging from counter terrorism and cyber security, to planning for and responding to natural hazards or civil contingencies. We deliver expertise to support security and resilience policy teams whilst also providing the department's 24/7 response for all security or civil contingency incidents. Our team works with security and intelligence partners from across government to mitigate risk to the UK’s transport sector.

We are a major player in delivering both the Government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), and the department’s aim for a transport system that works for everyone, and balances the needs of society, the environment and the economy. A key factor in that aim is to deliver a safe, secure and resilient transport network, for people and goods, for today and tomorrow.

Within TSRR, the National Security Division sits at the centre of the department’s work to mitigate current and emerging National Security threats. We work collaboratively with modes, Government partners and industry to develop policy and regulations to proportionately mitigate current and emerging National Security threats.

This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the Department’s work on cyber security, develop our approach to cyber regulation and lead our cyber compliance team to drive up standards across the transport sector to deliver the department’s responsibilities under the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations 2018.


Include but not limited to:

• Lead a team of cyber compliance inspectors to ensure that transport operators in the UK implement appropriate and proportionate cyber security measures.
• Undertake a portfolio of inspections and visits to transport operators in the UK and to ensure relevant cyber security measures are implemented.
• Ensure that the programme of inspections is properly resourced with trained inspectors.
• Build and maintain key relationships with a range of stakeholders including transport operators, policy officials and fellow cyber regulators.
• Ensure accurate and concise information about cyber self-assessments and compliance activity is provided and recorded in a timely manner.
• Maintain and awareness of current threats to the transport sector and what this may mean for the DfT as a cyber regulator.
• Develop and implement our cyber compliance operating model and is underpinning processes and practices.
• Assist in the response to and handling of transport security incidents.
• Work closely with the Head of Cyber to support wider work on compliance policy.

About You

You will be a motivational leader with outstanding interpersonal and influencing skills with the capability to lead a team, co-ordinate multiple work streams and deliver through others.

You will be encouraging during challenging periods and embrace change and continual improvements.

You will also be confident working with industry partners and comfortable handling challenging conversations to gain consensus.

Previous experience of working in cyber and cyber security including relevant cyber qualifications including ISO 27001 and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, or a willingness to work towards them whilst in post

The position is based in London, due to the need for the postholder to regularly access secure information in Great Minster House and their responsibilities as a senior leader during a cyber incident. TSRR supports flexible working arrangements and we are offering hybrid working but the successful candidate would ultimately need to work from Great Minster House at a minimum several days a week.

For further information around this please see the attached Role Profile.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

An additional allowance may be payable depending on candidate qualification. This allowance is non-pensionable and may be reviewed in any contractual agreements.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please use the 750 word count to outline your experience of the following:

• Worked in a cyber security or risk management role
• Successfully led a team/group of people to deliver a business outcome
• Delivered a cross-cutting programme to challenging project timescales

Sifting and Interviewing

The sift is due to take place the week commencing 27th September 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 11th October 2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
- an interview and a technical exercise (e.g. presentation, written, or coding exercise etc)

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

For further information around this please see the attached Role Profile.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Rachel Sowerby Email :   Rachel.Sowerby@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website at https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

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