Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250649
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877
Date Posted 15 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 per annum
Grade: UKRI - F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th September 2019
Interview dates: W/C 7th October 2019


About the role

The Information Systems Security Manager is responsible for promoting, encouraging and supporting the safe and secure use of Information and ICT by UKRI staff, facility users and collaborators. This role involves contributing to the “ownership” of all elements of Information Security, incident responses and establishing security links across UKRI.

This role includes monitoring, compliance and support of Information Security, Operational Delivery work and Policy within UKRI. The role also provides Information Security training and awareness, as a member of any Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) and investigates security and policy incidents.

Purpose of the role:

  • Enable effective Information Security across a wide portfolio of services
  • Deputise for the Head of Information Security where relevant, both internally and externally
  • Manages a team of ISSOs
  • Develop Terms of Reference for ISSOs
  • Provide expert technical advice on the selection, design, implementation, and operation of Information Security controls and management strategies to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability and relevant compliance of information systems
  • Identifies and reports systemic weaknesses in Information Security control effectiveness
  • Specifies requirements for IT health checks to ensure identification of vulnerabilities and testing of Information Security controls, and to protect other IT systems
  • Manages the resulting remediating controls for UKRI
  • Reports Information Security incidents or breaches of Information Security Policy in accordance with local procedures
  • Assesses the significance of Information Security advice from CERT UK or other sources to own area of responsibility and makes appropriate recommendations
  • Chairs Information System Security working groups
  • Represents Information Security on Change Advisory Boards to ensure that the appropriate and proportionate controls are in place and that all risks are understood and managed within the risk appetite of UKRI
  • Manages compliance in area of responsibility with UKRI commitments to Codes of Connection with partners
  • Contributes to the development of Information Security Policy
  • Leads investigations into Information Security incidents
  • View information risk through assessments of physical, personnel, procedural and technical controls and advise on their effectiveness
  • Promote an Information Security aware culture that helps UKRI and its partners to mature and achieve a good standard assurance
  • Ensure that systems are operated within defined technical security requirements throughout their entire lifecycle
  • Proactively pursue, validate and report any system security loopholes, infringements and other issues
  • Work with DD&T IT Leaders, Network Engineers and Architects through the implementation phases of service development to provide authoritative advice and direction with regard to Information Security.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Leadership/Team Work:

  • Manages a team of ISSO’S
  • Chairs Information System Security working groups.


  • Provide expert technical advice on the selection, design, implementation, and operation of Information Security controls and management strategies
  • Leads investigations into Information Security incidents.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

The following criteria will be assessed at either Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I).



  • Changing and improving processes, systems, and people to achieve outcomes (S&I)
  • Effective decision-making (I)
  • Effective communicator (I)
  • Able to adapt communication style and approach to different personal and cultural environments (I)
  • Ability to work with third party security providers to complement internal teams (S&I)
  • Self-motivated, shows initiative, and works with minimal direction (I)
  • Excellent technical writing skills. (I)


  • Knowledge of Information Security standards, legislation and practices and awareness of and operation within an ISO/IEC 27000 information systems security framework would be desirable (S&I).



  • A professional qualification (CISMP, CISSP or PCIRM qualification) or equivalent (S)
  • IT or Computer Science degree (or Higher Education qualification), or relevant subject matter and industry experience. (S)



  • Extensive comprehensive experience in information technology architecture, network infrastructure, or security operations (S)
  • Experience supervising security and network operations staff (S)
  • Experience of operating or compliance to Information Security principles or processes in an environment of diverse business systems and experience in a technical discipline such as Networking or IT Support, including technologies such as Anti-Virus, encryption, Microsoft Windows, Linux, iOS (S)
  • Proficient experience identifying, classifying, prioritising, and remediating vulnerabilities (S&I)
  • Experience in dealing with all elements of Information Security, operating in an ITIL based environment (S&I)
  • Comprehensive experience in responding to security events and incidents including remediation with peer teams (S&I)
  • Experience with Identity Management and Incident Response systems. (S)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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