A1 Grade 6 Chief Information Security Officer

Full Time | East Kilbride, SCOTLAND | 6 months
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Full Time
£59,500 per annum
East Kilbride

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£59,500 per annum
East Kilbride , Lanarkshire
Permanent, full-time
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Are you looking for a job that gives you an excellent insight into DFID’s work, exciting new challenges, the opportunity for supported professional development, if so, then this role could well be for you. We are looking for someone who is experienced in both the technology and business dimensions of information and cyber security and who is driven by the challenge of digitally transforming an organisation, not someone who is content to maintain the status quo.
You will be expected to lead on all aspects of information and cyber security for DFIDs UK and international operations. You will report to DFIDs Chief Information Officer in our East Kilbride office and work with a range of stakeholders – including the Government Security Professions - to provide services to our 4000 staff located in more than 40 international locations. You will lead a team of information management and cyber security professionals to provide support, advice, challenge and assurance to the Department on information and cyber risk. You will lead our efforts to manage and mitigate information risk and work on a programme to continually improve DFID’s cyber resilience and maturity.

Job description

Please refer to the attached Candidate Pack for further information on the detail of this role.
ResponsibilitiesEssential Criteria:
• Demonstrable and practical experience at a senior level, in public or private sector, of working in a combination of risk management, information security and IT or OT jobs
• Demonstrable experience of setting standards and the development of procedures that deliver end-to-end, tightly monitored environments
• Experience of leading transformation programs inside/outside government
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate information security and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences at various hierarchical levels, ranging from board members to technical specialists
• Awareness and understanding of industry standard security issues and processes, including understanding of HMG’s security policy framework.
• Ability to work under pressure and to respond quickly to changing circumstances and to tight timetables
• Poise and ability to act calmly and competently in high-pressure, high-stress situations
• Proven track record and experience in developing information security policies and procedures, as well as successfully executing programs that meet the objectives of excellence in a dynamic business environment
• Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ITIL, COBIT as well as those from NIST, including 800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework
Desirable Criteria
• Prior experience as Head of Security/CISO
• Managing tight resource constraints, conflicting priorities and a dynamic programme would be highly beneficial
• Professional security management certification is desirable, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) or other similar credentials


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions



At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please see link for more information: -for-international-development/about/recruitment#great-reasons-to-work-with-us
DFID is an equal opportunities employer and actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion. We will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race and/or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio economic background, mobility, nationality, family, marital and/or partnership status and religion.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

How To Apply
Include your skills, employment history and qualification details. All Civil Service recruitment is anonymised so please ensure you remove any information that may identify you.
Personal Statement
With reference to the Role Profile briefly outline your skills, experience and suitability for the role, using no more than 1250 words.
Your application contains the criteria by which the selection panel will decide whether to progress your application. Any other criteria detailed in the job profile may be tested during the interview and / or assessment process. Remember the STAR technique, situation, task, action and result when you are preparing your response.
SC (Security Check) is required for this role although the successful candidate will be asked to apply for higher clearance at DV [Developed Vetting] level upon securing the post.
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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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