Senior Infrastructure Engineer – Security
Department for Work and Pensions
Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 11th July 2022
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Are you looking for the opportunity to work on large scale with the best in class tooling?
If so, join us as Senior Infrastructure Engineer-Security.
You will be responsible for the operations of secure and highly available computing platforms, servers, and networks. You will install, maintain, upgrade, and continuously improve DWP’s operating environment. You will also maintain the ongoing reliability, performance and support of the infrastructure.
You will be a skilled Practitioner in Security solutions. Responsible for ensuring best practices are adhered to across the department and guiding teams on how to deliver quality Technology Services products.
You will assist in the design and operation of secure services in collaboration with Architecture and Engineering principles. With a focus on operational stability, robustness, resilience, availability and quality you will be accountable for secure solutions.
You will work in one of our Technology Services Operations teams, supporting the delivery of Security related Projects and Initiatives, ensuring alignment to Security best practice and compliance requirements, whilst also developing the appropriate processes and procedures required for proactive management Technology Services Solutions.
The role may require out of hours standby provision via a rota in future.
• Design and implement Secure services/solutions to meet strategic plans and roadmaps.
• Provide specialist technical support and assistance to projects ensuring definition and delivery of requisite non-functional requirements to architectural and roadmap developments.
• Operational management and monitoring of suppliers performance and escalation as required.
• Development and implementation of Technology Services Security service improvement plans to address identified issues.
• Act as a major incident manager and escalation point for Technology Services Security related incidents.
• Provide specialist service/solution technical support and assistance to junior staff and users.
• Management of Technology Services Security risks, ensuring appropriate reporting and mitigation plans and actions are implemented.
• Responsible for ensuing all management processes and services are documented and stored centrally.
Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:
• Knowledge of Security technologies and solutions - demonstrable experience and technical capability across projects and service lifecycle.
• Managing infrastructure technology across a multi-supplier landscape, both on-premises and in the Cloud.
Requires knowledge of the most/all of the following Technical Specialisms:
• Influencing design and engineering decisions around infrastructure cyber security
• Software security assurance concepts
• Cyber security architecture – design and build
Hosting and Infrastructure
• Hosting Operations
• Operating Systems – Microsoft Windows Server and Redhat Linux
• Server virtualisation techniques
• Security patching
• Scripted cloud-based infrastructure deployment using terraform
• End-Point Protection
• Vulnerability Scanning & Management
• AWS and Azure including cloud native security solutions such as Guard Duty, Security Hub, Security Centre, Sentinel
• Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
Network and Telecommunications
• Firewalls (Physical and Virtual)
• WAF Technologies
• Virtual Private Networks
• Encryption and Authentication
GIAC GSEC – Preferred
ISC2 CISSP – Preferred
EC- Council CEH – Preferred
This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.
Technology Services provide the foundations upon which digital services for DWP are developed and operate. Our purpose is to deliver secure, effective and cost-efficient digital infrastructure services and to run live IT operations that support DWP business objectives. We do this by putting users and quality of service at the heart of what we do.
Our team is made up of 1,500 colleagues working collaboratively across 10 portfolio-led teams in a fast-moving environment. Our teams deliver an end-to-end suite of digital products and services that support DWP colleagues and citizens in an ever-evolving technology landscape. Our work is focused around the following 6 themes:
1. Delivering a digital workplace that improves the way we work. We provide the products and services to make our users' jobs easier, encourage greater collaboration and support flexibility in working patterns, locations and on devices of their choice – helping to drive forward DWP’s digital transformation.
2. Delivering high-quality and resilient IT services and support. We are embedding a Full Stack Service Model to integrate our IT operations and ensure our services meet existing and future network demand.
3. Building a world-class performance-focused user experience control centre. We have created an end-to-end, data-driven performance environment to measure our systems and ensure we keep the department functioning.
4. Exploiting and enhancing hybrid cloud services. We provide hybrid cloud services that balance on-premise and public cloud to offer true platform independence and optimum price performance.
5. Protecting and securing our services. We ensure our IT systems remain secure and available, resilient to natural and human-caused disaster – ensuring citizens always have access to our key services.
6. Developing our people, capability and skills. We have created a sustainable service by developing our people, bringing key skills in-house to DWP, giving our teams professional pathways to develop and opportunities to progress within Technology Services.
As we continue our journey to service excellence we have identified a number of opportunities to join our Technology Services team.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Information Security
- Problem Management
- Technical Breadth
• Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
• Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
• Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring.
• An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.
Salary for this role is from £49,171 (Band min) to £59,589 (Band max).
Where the maximum salary of £59,589 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £13,564 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.
Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.
Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.
Selection process details
Your application will consist of three parts:
1. A Personal Details application form.
2. Your employment history detailing your responsibilities, skills, accomplishments, plus your qualifications and relevant training. Please copy this information into the box field provided.
3. Personal statement up to 1250 words.
When giving details in your employment history and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:
A strong candidate will address all the essential criteria in their employment history and personal statement. Particular attention should be given to the essential criteria as this will be used to shortlist applications.
Information Security - Has an appreciation of information security, designing solutions and services with security controls embedded, specifically engineered as mitigation against security threats as core part of the solutions and services.
Technical Breadth - Has a deep understanding of the technical concepts required in their role and understands how these fit into the wider technical landscape. Understands the limitations of digital technology.
Test Analysis - Able to think outside the box, ask the right questions and critically evaluate and communicate findings to a larger team. Leads investigative work into problems and opportunities in existing processes, driving the collection of information and creation of recommendations for improvements. Can absorb large amounts of conflicting information and use it to determine solutions.
IT Infrastructure – Designs, implements, administers and supports Security products and services, ensuring adherence to Digital Security Standards and Architectural Principles.
The sift panel will use the information in your employment history and personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.
For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .
Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.
• You will be asked to complete your employment history any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form.
• Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
• If your employment history/personal statement contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.
Stage 2: Interview
If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the Experiences listed in the essential criteria as well as the following Behaviours and Technical Skills:
• Making Effective Decisions
• Communicating and Influencing
• Information Security
• Problem Management
• Technical Breadth
You will be asked to do a short (10 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.
Interviews will take place from mid July. Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.
You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers.
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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.
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