Salary: £48,480 - £60,484  - Internal loans Ts and Cs apply for CS applicants

Contract type: 2 year fixed term appointment

Grade: Cabinet Office Band A

Number of open roles: 1

Hours: 37 hours/week (42 hours incl. lunch)

Working pattern: flexible working, full-time, part-time, job share


Closing date for applications: 22nd April 2018

CV sift date & Interviews: ongoing so please apply as soon as possible

Interview location: The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 8QS




GDS leads digital transformation in government, collaborating with teams from other departments to help them build better public services. Alongside those departmental teams, we’re transforming government together.


Find out more at the GDS Blog.


The Role


We are building the most important Government digital projects to date with security at the heart of everything we do. The Cyber Security team are here to ensure secure operations and enable secure engineering across those projects in a modern Agile way.


Managing a team of analysts in identifying and resolving cyber threats, you'll take a leading role in security incident response across the GDS services and the wider federation.

You’ll also be an ambassador for security, promoting both good practices and the Cyber Security teams tools and services across GDS and wider government.

*Please Note: Out-Of-Hours Responsibility*
Security incidents can and do arise on a 24/7 basis. The team operates an out-of-hours on call rota, and you will typically be required to be on call for 1 week in 5.


Main responsibilities


  • lead security incident response to resolution.
  • proactively investigate and analyse security alerts from internal and external sources and build intelligence to improve incident response
  • define requirements for evolving our security tooling based on risk profile and threat analysis
  • identify threats and vulnerabilities and work with relevant groups across Government to mitigate them
  • design relevant security awareness training to all levels across the organisation
  • work with the technical teams to continuously improve the security of our platforms at both system and application level


Skills and experience


It’s essential that you have:


  • significant experience with proactively investigating, analysing, managing and mitigating/resolving security events
  • significant experience establishing a security-aware culture across an organisation   
  • significant experience providing effective regular updates to senior stakeholders
  • significant experience of assessing and auditing level of risk, tracking and monitoring findings
  • experience influencing and persuading people at all levels
  • experience democratising security as a shared responsibility
  • well-developed analytic skills to understand the technical implications of security events
  • knowledge of vulnerabilities and common remediation techniques
  • excellent communication skills


It is also desirable that you also have some of the following:


  • experience of working in an Agile environment as part of a multidisciplinary team and working with delivery teams
  • experience with log aggregation tools, e.g Splunk
  • experience of computer forensic and/or forensic readiness planning
  • experience of secure cloud environments
  • recognised security certifications


Civil Service Competencies


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


For this role, the following competencies are the most relevant:


       seeing the big picture

       making effective decisions

       collaborating and partnering

       delivering at pace


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Based in
London, United Kingdom

Working at GDS is great. You'll get

  • Flexible
    working including part-time working and job sharing
  • Civil service pension with an average employer contribution of 22%
  • 25 days
    annual leave and an extra day off for the Queen's birthday
  • Training and development
  • Season ticket
    loans for travel
  • Childcare
  • An in-year
    bonus scheme
  • Bike loans and
    secure bike parking (subject to availability)
  • Eye-care