Lead Security Architect - Flexible Working Available
About the job
Salary: £46,696 – £53,700, (depending on skills and experience) This role will be based in Southampton.
Reporting to: Senior Technical Architect for Enterprise.
Does your job Matter? ..... What we do does
Are you someone who is always researching, identifying and adopting new technologies and methodologies?
If so we would love to hear from you!
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has started an ambitious IT transformation programme that will deliver improved capability across an expanded IT workforce. We aim to improve all technology services whilst supporting the wider business on its own transformation requirements and ensuring IT aligns to their needs.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Security Architect to take up a key role within MCA’s architecture and security teams. This role will primarily work on services of high complexity and risk, making decisions to enable the business to achieve its needs. You will be working on projects with high strategic impact, setting a strategy that can be used in the long-term and across the breadth or the organisation. This role will be responsible for defining the vision, principles and strategy for Security Architects.
You will receive support from the Senior Technical Architect and have the chance to create positive working relationships across the whole of MCA.
Roles Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Responsible for developing MCA security policies, principles, strategies and procedures for security architecture across the organisation.
- Recommends security design across several projects or technologies, up to an organisational level.
- Provides governance advice and oversight on security architectural standards and systems.
- Have a deep and evolving level of technical expertise, allowing them to act as exemplars and make and influence key business and architectural decisions.
- Has responsibility for making sure that the organisations systems are designed in accordance with the technical architecture and appropriate government and industry standards.
-Responsible for production of technical roadmaps for areas of specialism.
-Will research, identify, validate and adopt new technologies and methodologies.
Based at MCA Headquarters in Southampton the role holder will be expected to participate in ongoing continuous professional development and this may require spending time away from home and the workplace.
Are you someone who can recommend security designs across several projects? You will need to have a deep and evolving level of technical expertise which will allowing you to act as exemplar and influence key business and architectural decisions. You are an expert in solving unprecedented issues and problems and love breaking new ground. You will be able to converse easily with and translate between non-technical stakeholders and technical practitioners. As the perfect candidate you will be able to switch between different problems and responsibilities and have experience with being directly involved in service delivery. You will be flexible, with the ability to travel between our various sites.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.
Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.
Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.
Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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.
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
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
- Seeing the Big Picture
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Candidates will be assessed against the DDaT Framework - Lead Security Architect. Please see link - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lead-security-architect-skills-they-need/lead-security-architect-skills-they-need
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
The sift is due to take place Week Commencing 25th November 2019.
There will be a two-stage interview process for this role, there will be a leadership assessment and a separate interview.
Interviews and assessments are likely to be started Week Commencing 9th December.
Interviews will be held in Southampton.
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.
How to Apply
When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the essential requirements described in the Candidate Pack.
The Maritime and Coastguard 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
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• A Telephone Interview
• An interview
• An interview with one or more exercises
• Multiple days of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises
The interview may consist of a range of question types which could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done. You may also be asked to sit a written assessment or present on a particular topic.
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
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.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.
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.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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.
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