Lead Security Engineer

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: Nationwide

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 14/01/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £60,500 - £77,900 per annum*


The Cabinet Office are recruiting to a Lead Security Engineer vacancy on a permanent basis.

The Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the effective running of government. It is also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and takes the lead in certain critical policy areas.

We are the Cabinet Office’s cyber security team, and our mission is to secure the department (including its arms length bodies such as the Government Digital Service) against cyber threats. We protect our nationwide internal IT infrastructure, and high-profile citizen-facing digital services such as GOV.UK, Notify, and Register to Vote.

The Security Engineering team is responsible for building, configuring and maintaining the tooling and infrastructure which enables the wider cyber security team, and working with teams across the Cabinet Office to build, embed and improve secure development practices.

We’re passionate about industry best practice approaches across the full software development lifecycle, including infrastructure-as-code and continuous deployment, and we’re looking for somebody who shares our passion. We also make extensive use of cloud services – in particular Amazon Web Services (AWS) – and it’s important that you have a deep understanding and applied knowledge of AWS.

As the Lead Security Engineer, you’ll be responsible for building and running these capabilities. You’ll play a leading role in driving the technical direction of the team, shaping the tools that we build and maintain, and coaching and mentoring others. You’ll ensure that the team’s outputs are reliable, supportable, maintainable and aligned to industry best standards. You’ll also feed into our wider cyber security strategy and roadmap, and take a leadership role in the team.

As a Lead Security Engineer in CDIO you will:

  • work with teams across Cyber Security to identify opportunities for security engineering, automation and orchestration
  • plan, prioritise and lead the development and configuration of security tools and solutions
  • manage the ongoing maintenance of, and improvements to, security tools
  • lead the operation and continuous improvement of the infrastructure underpinning our operational security functions, for example, ensuring that security log data is reliably ingested to Splunk
  • lead the response to technical incidents impacting the availability of security tools, including participating in our out-of-hours on-call rota
  • work with other teams across the Cabinet Office to build, embed and improve secure development practices
  • be responsible for leadership and line management of security engineers and developers

We’re interested in people who:

  • have successfully lead teams and projects to deliver effective technology solutions that reduced security risk
  • have built and supported applications, preferably in languages such as Python, Java, Go, or Ruby
  • have experience working in an operational security environment, and supporting the tools and technology underpinning this
  • have experience with Splunk, or other SIEM platforms
  • have an active interest in developing people, both personally and professionally
  • can manage stakeholders and senior management, facilitating communication between teams and stakeholders
  • can effectively operate at a strategic level in setting goals and long-term roadmaps, as well as in a technical hands-on capacity

In the Civil Service we use our Success Profile Framework  to outline expected behaviours and we will use these as part of our wider assessment during the interview process.

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

  • leadership
  • making effective decisions
  • delivering at pace
  • changing and improving

Location: London, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, York, Birmingham, Norwich, Newcastle

Applicants will be required to provide an up to date CV and completed diversity form.

View the full job description here.

To apply, please email cabinetoffice@allenlane.co.uk.

Cabinet Office are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page. CDIO is based in London, Bristol and Manchester, and you will be working with colleagues across all three sites. CDIO supports flexible working, including a balance between office and home-based working.

Security Clearance

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

*offers made above the base grade will be made up with a non-pensionable specialist pay allowance

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