Information Security and Assurance Advisor - Flexible Working Available

Hastings, East Sussex
Salary: £37,428 to £45,747 (Depending on Location, Skills and Experience) 
28 May 2019
19 Jun 2019
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Salary: £37,428 to £45,747 (Depending on Location, Skills and Experience) 

Do you have a strong interest in information and cyber security? 

Do you enjoy working as part of a wider team of highly skilled individuals? 

Are you looking for a chance to develop and expand your skillset within the public sector? 

If so, we want to hear from you. 

We are looking for an Information Security & Assurance Advisor to join our Digital Services Team. Working as part of the current Information & Assurance team, you will primarily assist in the development of Departmental cyber policies and aligning these to security risk appetite. 

This role will typically suit individuals with a passion for cyber/information security and an ambition to learn, develop and grow within the public sector. 

You will be actively involved with the Digital Assurance Manager and have the chance to create positive working relationships across the Department for Transport. 

Role Responsibilities include but are not limited to; 

• Providing expert advice on information security and assurance within a large organisation. 
• Drafting and influencing information security policies, strategies and standards. 
• Influencing a variety of stakeholders in identifying, coordinating and managing information security risks. 
• Maintaining oversight of risks and supporting senior leaders and project owners on ensuring sound risk-based decisions and promoting compliance. 
• Managing security-related incidents, including remediation, through engagement with stakeholders and decision-makers. 
• Line management of apprentices. 
• Identifying training opportunities and requirements to build the capability and professionalism of the team. 

About you 

The ideal person will have a strong interest in information and cyber security. You will demonstrate this through a proven background working on the development of cyber policies. This will include a comprehensive understanding of interpreting and applying security strategies and policies in the workplace. 

The nature of this role means you will engage and actively work with several different departments. As such, you should have first class written and communication skills to effectively translate complex data that can be relayed in a simple and easy to understand manor. 

You will also ideally hold one or more of the following qualifications (or be willing to work towards these when appointed): 


About us 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

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

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • Strategy and Architecture/Information Strategy/Information Security/Controls
  • Strategy and Architecture/Information Strategy/Risk Management

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

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

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• an interview 
• an interview with one or more exercises 
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

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 please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

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

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

Please direct any enquiries to Natasha Davies at

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 20th & 21st June 2019. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 8th July 2019. 

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. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

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: 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 

Click here to visit Civil Service Commission. 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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