Lead Security Architect

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Hybrid - Any of our hubs - UK
Cyber security
Up to £60,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Full Time

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Lead Security Architect
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid - flexibility to work from home and at any of our main hubs (London, Bristol, Manchester, and 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.

Cyber Security at Jisc:
The security team protects UK Education and Research against a wide range of cyber security threats, supporting our members and customers in improving their digital resilience.

We innovate so that individual institutions don’t have to. We explore the evolution of secure, sustainable next generation networking to help institutions thrive in the evolving digital infrastructure landscape.

What you’ll be doing:
As the Lead Security Architect, you will be a recognised subject matter expert in security, infrastructure and networks and have in depth technical knowledge of security operations. You will take responsibility for the development, design, capacity and capability of the security architecture for Jisc’s Critical National Infrastructure and ensure that it is fit for purpose and meets the defined regulatory and legislative requirements.

You will be able to build effective working relationships with team members and Jisc customers and operate without supervision as a security lead across multiple projects and platforms, with extensive latitude for independent judgment to drive the required outcomes for Jisc and its customers.

You will have strong communication skills and to be able confidently discuss complex technical topics to a range of differing technical stakeholders, whilst effectively communicating that the services we provide underpin the internet and how they ensure the interactions between humans and machines do so seamlessly.

This is a key role at Jisc, and you will pay an integral part in ensuring the delivery of security related national services and overseeing how this contributes to our strategic direction in the wider Cybersecurity division, and how it affects Jisc’s overall service provision.

Other responsibilities will include:
• Lead, manage and drive the team to ensure they operate as a high performing team and in accordance to defined service level agreements and product requirements.
• Maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability of operational services within critical infrastructure, with explicit focus on Network Time and DNS.
• Deploy technical solutions that encompass security by design and development lifecycles.
• Demonstrate a deep understanding of security concepts and can apply them to a technical level to guide engineering teams.
• Ensure systems are fully documented and operated within the Jisc policy framework, maintaining compliance to ISO9001 and ISO27001.
• Effectively translate and accurately communicate security and risk implications to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design, develop, and deploy applications on private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Key Skills and Experience:
• Proven experience of technology operations within an enterprise environment
• Previous experience of delivering security related national services.
• Operational experience of DNS and NTS guidelines and frameworks.
• Experience of working within or implementing environments complying with standards such as ISO/IEC 270001, ISO/IEC 9001.
• Working experience and knowledge of data networks and communications.
• Leadership skills with the ability to lead and motivate colleagues and customers through cultural and technology change.

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 for us?
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.

Take a look at our fantastic benefits! 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 14/05/2024.