Policy Advisor - Cyber Security Skills

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 17th May 2021


Reference number



£30,955 - £38,811


Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Band B

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

One year, with possibility of extension depending on future funding.

Business area

DCMS - Cyber and Data

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester

About the job


We are looking for two enthusiastic and confident individuals to fill challenging Band B roles, supporting the development of policy that looks to increase and sustain a diverse talent pipeline for the cyber security profession both now and for the future workforce.

The post holders will be expected to lead and deliver elements of the overarching strategic interventions relating to at least one of the following priorities:
Structuring the cyber security profession: Ensuring that the UK has a structured profession that is easy to navigate for those looking to enter a career in cyber as well as those looking to develop and specialise, working closely with the newly established UK Cyber Security Council and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Embedding technology in education systems: Ensuring that young people are inspired and afforded the appropriate opportunities, guidance and advice to pursue a digital career, which includes an exciting career in cyber. This role will work closely with the Department for Education (DFE) and across Whitehall, the Devolved Administrations, Educators, Employers and the NCSC.

Job description

These roles will need to build trusted relationships across Whitehall, employers, and at times international partners, and will require critical thinking and analytical skills to build strong rationales and a supporting narrative as we determine our priorities for the coming years. With significant levels of exposure to Ministers, central Government and industry, these roles would suit candidates looking to develop their careers.


Essential Requirements:

• Ability to deliver high quality work while managing competing priorities.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to communicate complex issues.
• Ability to work independently and under own initiative.
• Ability to establish and maintain stakeholder relationships, engaging with varying perspectives to facilitate discussions and achieve consensus.
• Experience of managing policy or projects from development through to implementation

Desirable Skills:

• Experience of UK education and/or skills policy development,
• (Knowledge of STEM education policy; Increasing the number and diversity of individuals with the appropriate knowledge and skill to enter a profession)
• Experience of national security related policy
• Strategy development experience


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions


You’ll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits:
Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time
26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service.
Exceptional contributory pension scheme
5 days of paid leave for L&D
3 days of paid volunteering
Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay
Occupational sick pay
Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, BAME, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women’s Network.
Access to one of the world’s largest learning and development platforms
Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy
Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more!

SCS T&C’s will vary, please refer to the attached candidate information pack to find out more.

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 counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
We encourage all candidates to apply for this role.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Monday 17 May via the CS Jobs portal.

A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

A Statement of Suitability (max 750 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the Job Description, Responsibilities and Roles; Essential Requirements and Desirable Skills.

Interviews will take place remotely via Google Hangout video call. Successful applicants will join the department through our remote onboarding process.

More information is available in the candidate information pack.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service/Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via DCMSRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the “Contact point for applicants” section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Cian Galvin
Email :  cian.galvin@dcms.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  dcmsrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact ( recruitment.team@dcms.gov.uk ) in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/

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