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Lead Security Architect - Citizen Information

Contract Type
Newcastle upon Tyne
Expiry Date
13/07/2020 12:40:00

DWP Digital is looking for a skilled Lead Security Architect, someone to make decisions to challenge the norm.

Job Description

DWP. Digital with Purpose.

We're looking for a Lead Security Architect to be one of DWP Digital's growing community of experts and join the Citizen Information product delivery unit (PDU) as security of DWP services and a citizen's data is at the heart of everything we design and build.

We're living in extraordinary times, with unprecedented need for DWP products and services in our communities. It's crucial we have experienced and expert security architects working alongside the technical architects in our multi-disciplinary agile teams as we develop services that are easier to access, more efficient to develop, more scalable, safer and more available to the people who need them.

Duties. Work. Projects.

The PDU are at the forefront of helping to deliver DWP's new strategic event-driven architecture vision. We are defining and developing a number of new shared application products that enable secure, appropriate, and effective use of our user's data.

We're also exploiting new data sources from across government and making better use of existing data to deliver operational efficiencies, reduce fraud and error, enable straight through processing within our digital services, and ultimately providing improved citizen journeys.

You're a leader.

You will deliver and support the technical and security architecture design elements of Citizen Information projects and initiatives. You will need to be at the top of your game working with engineering teams, and other Digital colleagues, to create secure VFM solution designs.

You'll build capability in our community and drive effective decisions and technology choices. An expert voice on Security Architecture you'll provide advice to other Architects, and support delivery teams with a blend of high technical and behavioural skills.

You will own the product architecture, communicating complex design clearly to stakeholders including at the most senior level, collaboratively creating solutions options and making expert recommendations. This is especially key during discovery and inception phases.

Check out this informative blog from John Banks, Lead Technical Architect for Citizen Information, for more regarding the big opportunities here at DWP Digital -

What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • Public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice (especially Amazon Web Services).
  • Security threat trends, analysis and protection technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. software exploits, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, remote file inclusion, stolen credentials, 'watering hole' attacks, DDOS, Malware, Phishing, Ransomware).
  • Secure communication and encryption / cryptographic technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. IPSec, Kerberos, TLS / SSL).
  • Identification, authentication and Single Sign-On(SSO) technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. OpenID, Oauth 2.0, OIDC, XACML, OATH reference architecture, Kerberos, SAML, WS-Security, RACF).
  • Cybersecurity technologies, tools and best practice.
  • Providing a consistent set of solution views, that communicate and describe the construction of the solution, and any security and risk implications, to all stakeholders.
  • Identifying security issues in system architectures, and provide advice and guidance on the risk impact of vulnerabilities in our existing and future designs and systems.

Where will you work?

You'll join our team at our digital hub in Newcastle. ** with an expectation of travelling on a regular basis to our site at Leeds also **

Only a short Metro ride from the city centre, the hub has a modern, informal and collaborative working environment. Our facilities include two restaurants, catering pods and vending machines, sports facilities, cycle shelter, showers and Wudu washing facilities.

Have a closer look at the facilities at -

Newcastle is also home to the GDS Academy, user experience lab and UX command centre -

We also all have the tech and tools we need to enable our people to work flexibly, and many of us are working remotely at the moment due to COVID-19.

We foster a collaborative culture to help our agile, multidisciplinary teams think big and try new things. You will work alongside people who care passionately about public service, making a difference and delivering for our customers.

We're the UK's biggest government department with over 80,000 diverse and brilliant people on our team. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.

Details. Wages. Perks.

In return for your skills we offer competitive salary up to £80,000p.a., a brilliant civil service pension with employer contributions circa 27%, and a generous leave package. We also have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:

  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Volunteering and charitable giving
  • Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more
  • Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket
  • Sports and social activities
  • Learning and development, including coaching, mentoring, career pathways and progression opportunities, and guaranteed 5-days formal learning per year
  • And lots more

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