Our work couldn’t be more important and is of enormous significance to the security of our nation’s democracy. It is work that enables the UK Parliament to run smoothly, function efficiently and operate transparently, and when you join us in this exciting and unique position, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running as you learn new skills, develop your expertise and increase your knowledge. This is a role you can make your own, and through which you’ll be able to build an exciting career with an ambitious and innovative team.
Working with the Head of Information Security Risk, it’ll be your job to keep information security policies and procedures under review, and ensure new and evolving solutions have the appropriate information security accreditation. But your vital work won’t stop there. Among your other tasks we’ll also expect you to:
- work across Parliament to ensure assurance activities are incorporated into the programme delivery schedules
- act as a project lead for Information Security in providing advice to the business on information security matters and assurance processes
- identify, record and manage information security risks across Parliament, liaising with relevant stakeholders and escalating any issues
- manage the outcome of the accreditation by maintaining a record of any risks, and ensure any remediation actions are performed quickly and efficiently
- support the development and maintenance of assurance policies and procedures, and ensure these are aligned with other information compliance requirements
- develop, implement and evaluate opportunities to increase staff awareness of information assurance processes
What You Need
You need to be ambitious, creative and willing to learn. Although this role would be ideal for someone who wants to build their career, we’ll expect you to have some skills already in place. So if you possess experience of taking a lead role in information security with a large organisation, and addressing complex challenges and managing any associated risks, then we want to hear from you. You should also have:
- experience of applying sound professional judgment in making decisions based on analysing relevant facts from complex data
- the ability to build excellent working relationships with people, and the skills to influence and persuade a wide range of stakeholders
- the ability to engage positively in discussions while taking account of other peoples’ views, and the confidence to challenge and negotiate when you have to
- superb communication skills including the ability to explain complex issues to stakeholders in a way that is understandable and meaningful
- the ability to convey important messages and key decisions accurately, and ensure they are understood and acted upon
- highly effective organisational skills with the ability to identify and adapt to changing priorities
- the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and deliver to agreed targets
- the skills to compile and deliver briefings and targeted guidance to different audiences
- experience of working in a team and the ability to supervise, motivate and lead people to high professional standards while promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion
- the ability to pass security clearance, backed by the right to work in the UK
About The Team
You’ll be joining a small, growing team that is committed to improving information security, mitigating a wide range of risks and maintaining security standards of the highest quality. It’s pro-active and flexible, and dedicated to building a brand-new culture that will make a real difference to the way our organisation functions. You will play a key part in shaping the team and our service offering. Working alongside a wide variety of stakeholders as it builds information security across Parliament, this is an innovative team with a broad outlook and ambitious strategy. We’re dedicated to building our Workplace Equality Network, and with a major focus on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, all PDS’s teams are committed to making Parliament a great place for everyone to work.
UK Parliament is steeped in history and tradition. It is an important part of UK life and we need to ensure as many people as possible can engage with its work. This is why we are at the start of a huge transformation programme powered by technology. The Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) works with the House of Commons and the House of Lords with all their IT and digital needs. We are here to realise the digital ambitions of a modern Parliament and welcome you to join us in building a digital democracy.
Please refer to our Candidate Information Pack for a full list of our benefits which include:
- up to 35 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
- generous maternity pay policy up to 6 months full pay
- great pension scheme options (contributory and non-contributory)
- on-site subsidised gym, nursery, catering, post office, travel office and GP
- flexible options including hybrid working and family friendly policies
How To Apply
Please make sure you’re clear on the requirements of the role. These can be found in the Job Description and Candidate Information Pack. You will need to upload your CV and supporting statement showing how you meet the first three criterion. Our application process is anonymous, so please remove any personal information from it.
Apply By: 27th November 2023 at 23:55
Format: Presentation + Panel Interview (Remote)
For our people, we provide an amazing opportunity to bring their talents to an institution that sits right at the heart of society in the UK. We are helping to change UK Parliament and strengthen democracy. What matters here is your potential for growth and your commitment to playing your part in our ongoing success.
We are passionate about providing an environment which promotes inclusion, diversity and equality. Regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, beliefs or any of the other things that make you, you. We welcome applications from people who feel under-represented in the workforce. This includes those who may feel disadvantaged because of their socioeconomic circumstances.