Chief Security Architect

Job Ref
JR - CSA2503
Hybrid - Any of our hubs - UK
Cyber security
From £65,000 per annum negotiable depending on experience
Full Time

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Chief Security Architect
Salary: From £65,000 per annum negotiable depending on experience
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid - flexibility to work from home or at any of our main hubs (London, Bristol, Manchester & Milton Park-Oxfordshire)

Jisc is the UK digital, data and technology agency focused on tertiary education, research, and innovation. We are a not-for-profit organisation with a big ambition to improve lives through education and research by providing hardware, software, and networking solutions.

Join us and your contribution will help us to empower UK universities, colleges, research institutions and wider customers with technology so that everyone prospers.

About the role:
The security division, part of Group CTO, protects UK Education and Research against a wide range of cyber security threats, supporting our members and customers in improving their digital resilience.

The Chief Security Architect will be responsible for enhancing the capability and capacity of all defensive systems and services used within the security division, and ensuring they meet the needs of our customers.

In this pivotal role you will provide expert advice and guidance on the use of security controls within the business context. The individual will understand security architecture methodologies, models and controls that can be used for the development of solutions that meet the needs of the business and our members. The Chief Security Architect works closely with the Security Director and the CTO to ensure that a “secure by design” approach is adopted across Jisc corporate infrastructure, Janet national network infrastructure and all products and services operated by Jisc.

All roles within our Jisc Cyber Security team require employees to have enhanced background screening checks which include but are not limited to, financial and unspent criminal record checks.

Some roles may also require full UK Security Check (SC) clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years and be willing to undertake this process. You must be able to hold UK security clearance.

Responsibilities will include:
• Overseeing security risks associated with the architecture, supporting systems and services. This encompasses the supervision of tools, capabilities, and changes approved by the Technical Design Authority.
• Designing, developing, and implementing a comprehensive security strategy and associated programme to safeguard Jisc, our customers, and members.
• Evaluating critical national infrastructures and providing a recommended roadmap for improvements including, but not limited to, DDoS defence, DNS, NTP, SOC, SIEM and SASE services with the objective of improving the resilience and availability of Janet and members digital services.
• Take a leading role in the Technical Design Advisory to ensure that risk mitigation, security measures, and controls are integral to business decision-making.
• Manage relationships with the key suppliers, stakeholders and partners to ensure that requirements are understood, and the solution(s) proposed meets these requirements through user acceptance testing.

Key Skills and Experience:
• Proven experience in developing, implementing technologies or services at a large enterprise or national level.
• Experience in strategic management of key process improvements.
• Extensive experience in managing cyber security service development.

Please refer to the job description for full details.

Don’t meet every single requirement?
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, go ahead and apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

Why work at Jisc:
At Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. We want to create a culture of lifelong learning. You can look forward to a rewarding job with opportunities to develop and make a real difference to the education and research sectors.

We believe a balance between your personal and professional life is essential to your happiness and fulfilment. We work flexibly at Jisc and focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. Our hybrid working policy is flexible, and the frequency of time spent in your nominated office will vary across teams and job roles.

Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• Flexible work pattern, which can adapt to suit your schedules and personal commitments.
• 31 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) that includes an additional three closure days over Christmas.
• A generous pension scheme.
• A range of leave options, including parental leave, 3 days volunteer leave per annum and even career breaks.
• A generous budget to support you with external learning and Continuous professional development.
• Allocated allowance of up to £250 to equip your home office.
• A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development, including access to thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning.
• Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment.,
• Financial well-being support.
• The opportunity to donate to charity tax-free with our Payroll Giving benefit.
• A wide range of discounts from retailers and big-name high-street stores.
• Cycle to work scheme.
• Employee recognition awards and travel loans.
• Additional Flexible benefits include Holiday Buying - Purchase 1-5 days’ additional holiday per annum, Healthcare Cashplan, Electric Car Lease Scheme and option to purchase SmartTech.

Equality, diversity and inclusion
We celebrate diversity, embrace our differences, through our culture and employee networks and know that this is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive and we are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. Striving to be best in practice, we are working hard to achieve progressive change. ‘Always inclusive’ is one of our six guiding principles - a principle which actively encourages acceptance of differences within individuals.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, class, citizenship, marital status, disability, neurodivergence, trans status, veteran status, or gender identity.

Application process:
Please do let us know what reasonable adjustments you need made to the application or selection process so you can do your best. We will be happy to help you.

Just so you know, we review CVs as soon as we can and aim to provide an update on your application within 4 weeks of receiving it. However, you may hear from us a lot sooner, so please keep an eye out for our emails or calls!

We advertised this role on 02/04/2024.