Deputy Security Adviser

  • Ofgem
  • Aug 03, 2018
Full time Engineering I.T. & Communications

Job Description

Deputy Security Adviser

Ofgem is committed to making a positive difference for energy consumers through effective regulation of the market and close working with suppliers to ensure sustainable energy for consumers and businesses in the UK.

Job Description

 Background and role

Working closely with the security colleagues and UK Intelligence Community, you will understand the key threats to the department and wider government and use this information to assess the risks to departmental business. You will support senior security colleagues to determine how to manage security risks affecting all business areas. Building a network of security contacts across the organisation and working closely with and advising staff in your department’s technology, HR and estates teams to ensure their security needs are met. 

You will act as liaison and intelligent customer, supporting senior security colleagues in owning and requesting the delivery of critical security services from a central hub (Cluster Security Unit) and actively engaging to ensure service standards are maintained. You will build a network of Security Business Partners across the department to ensure that local security advice is available as needed so that projects and services consider security from the outset. With your expertise we can be sure that the security needs of the department will be met.

You will play an important role in delivering education and awareness among colleagues to make sure that security is embedded holistically across the organisation as an important part of everyone’s day-to-day role.

We are aiming to recruit people from diverse backgrounds to make sure we have a wide range of skills to strengthen our security capability across government. We value the fact that our different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences and ways of working create a more effective team. Each one of us has a part to play in helping government to keep the UK secure. The most important aspect of the requirement is that candidates have a good understanding of, or keen interest in, security of government assets and people.

If you have a passion for security and are driven by the challenge of leading through influence, at both the strategic and operational levels of security, this role is for you. This challenge is likely to be simulating and unique in many ways. If you are keen to expand your skills and experience in the sector, we can offer the training you need to support your development.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting senior security staff in acting as an intelligent customer, requesting services from the Cluster Security Unit and supporting the Chief Security Officer through governance structures to ensure the security requirements of your department are being met;
  • Providing support in monitoring the services delivered by the Cluster Security Unit to ensure they meet the agreed service level defined in the Service Level Agreements. Review of Service Level Agreements to ensure the services provided meet the needs of the department;
  • Providing advice to colleagues on departmental security issues, including the management of security risks;
  • Delivering education and awareness training on security matters to staff across the organisation;
  • Being a role model for the security community and modelling Civil Service values to foster and develop the profession across government;
  • Acting as a security professional, championing and sharing best practice through the community and embedding government security culture within the department, across technology, operations and suppliers.

You must demonstrate that you have recent and relevant skills and experience in:

  • Understanding of security and risk, as well as a willingness to develop knowledge in these areas as appropriate whilst recognising future risks and strategically planning to mitigate them;
  • Experience of engaging, advising and influencing at all levels of an organisation whilst projecting credibility and self-assurance;
  • Ability to form excellent relationships within your department and with the wider security community;

 It would also be beneficial if you demonstrate any of the following skills or experience: 

  • Experience of managing contracts and acting as an intelligent customer;
  • Background in cyber security, physical security, personnel security, technology, risk management or data professions. 

Security clearance: 

The successful candidate will need to hold Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance or be willing to undergo the process. 


We’ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes;
  • Readily share resources to support higher priority work, showing pragmatism and support for the shared goals of the organisation;
  • Act as a team player, investing time to generate a common focus and genuine team spirit. 
  • Achieving Commercial Outcomes
  • Work with colleagues to engage effectively and intelligently with delivery partners in order to define and/or improve service delivery;
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit your own and the team’s work
  • Leading and communicating
  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed;
  • Continually communicate with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy.
  • Delivering at pace
  • Regularly monitor work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance


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Closing date: 20th August 2018. 

Ofgem is an equal opportunities employer. Protecting consumers and powering the future of the energy debate. 



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