Deputy Security Advisor – Head of Cyber Security

HM Land Registry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 17th October 2021


Reference number



£52,667 - £61,262
£56,694 - £65,388 for London (Croydon). Higher starting salary within the advertised range may be considered for exceptional candidates.


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMLR - Legal Services

Type of role

Information Technology
Project Delivery
Risk Management

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birkenhead, North West, CH41 6DU : Croydon, London, CR0 2AQ : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BH : Durham, North East, DH1 5TR : Weymouth, South West, DT4 9TT : Gloucester, South West, GL1 1DQ : Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber, HU2 8JN : Leicester, East Midlands, LE3 5DR : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 7AU : Peterborough, Eastern, PE1 1QF : Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS : Preston, North West, PR4 1TE : Swansea, Wales, SA7 9FQ : Telford, West Midlands, TF3 4LR

About the job


It's an exciting time to join us, as HM Land Registry (HMLR) is committed to becoming the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data, and aiming to achieve comprehensive registration by 2030.

We are looking to appoint to the role of Deputy Security Advisor. The Chief Security Advisor team (CSAT) is tasked with the development and delivery of ground-breaking and innovative ways to protect HM Land Registry information, systems and staff across our 14 office locations and increasingly as we move towards a post COVID-19 ways-of-working.

The Deputy Security Advisor will primarily lead on providing proportionate and effective assurance on HMLR information security measures. They will also utilise a breadth of experience across security specialisms to provide leadership and expertise to the security team and to HMLR.

Job description

As Deputy Security Advisor you will support the Chief Security Advisor by providing expert security risk management advice on a wide range of departmental and cross-government security challenges.

A key aspect of the role is to establish the appropriate security posture for HM Land Registry, which is currently implementing a three lines of defence framework. The Security Advisor team’s core function is to provide senior leaders with the confidence in the effectiveness of our security controls through the delivery of rigorous second line assurance.

Fundamental to this role is the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the senior leadership across first line control teams in Facilities Management, Operations and the Digital Data and Technology Directorate. Leveraging these working relationships, you will provide guidance on, and manage, complex issues as they arise, as well as developing and leading on a varied portfolio of work to establish and maintain a security function within the second line of defence.

You will work closely with Security Professionals across Government, including the Government Security Group and relevant Technical Authorities. Acting as an intelligence customer to shared security services provided by the Government Security Advice Centres, ensuring the delivery of cost effective and impactful security outcomes for HM Land Registry.


To be successful in this role, you will support the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) in implementing the HMLR Security and Resilience strategy, driving business efficient and effective security delivery.
You will be responsible for strategic oversight of cyber security assurance to ensure the delivery of value for money services and provision of timely and accurate, advice and assurance to the Executive Board to support their responsibilities in security and resilience.
Making evidence-based decisions on behalf of senior risk owners to enable the management of security risk, you will effectively engage with senior risk owners to escalate issues and/or risks to enable them to make informed decisions on risk.
For more information about the role, please see the attached job description and candidate pack.


Technical Skills and Qualifications required

An information security qualification such as CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)


Demonstratable equivalent experience in implementing a cyber security programme that manages risk effectively and enables the achieving of business objectives


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing


HM Land Registry offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

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 security 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 and Experience.
Please upload your CV to include your qualifications and work history. The Statement of Suitability section should be used to outline your skills and experience for the role. In no more than 1000 words please provide details of how you meet the essential criteria listed below:

- Experience of engaging, advising and influencing at all levels of an organisation, including senior managers and proven leadership skills in challenging and complex environments.
- Extensive experience in acting as a security risk management expert in a complex, fast-paced environment or organisation
- Problem solving in a complex environment, across multiple stakeholders requiring significant judgement and the highest briefing standards, both written and face to face.
- Experience of undertaking audit and assurance activity
- The ability to take into consideration broad policy frameworks and a variety of stakeholder perspectives when making decisions’
- The ability to contribute to policy development through research and analysing issues, identifying potential issues and determining processes and procedures for policy implementation.

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date. If successful at sift you will be invited to attend a virtual, electronic interview and pre-prepared presentation week commencing 1st November 2021.

Please note that in the event of a high number of applications the following leading criteria will be sifted on first:

- Experience of engaging, advising and influencing at all levels of an organisation, including senior managers and proven leadership skills in challenging and complex environments.

The blended interview will test the technical, experience and behaviours listed in the job description.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

We are now trialling a hybrid model at HMLR, which involves a blended approach of working from home and the office as required to achieve desired outcomes. In the Risk and Assurance function, we have currently set a baseline of once a week in the office, based on personal preference & led by business need. HMLR IT Kit cannot be taken outside of the UK due to security implications. An individual also has to be in a position to collect their IT kit from one of the 14 locations on the date they join HMLR and be in a position to work from one of these locations as and when required.

Any move to HM Land Registry from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

If you would like further information about the use of your personal data, please click on the link below:
Job Applicant Personal Information

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Alastair Vella-Sultana
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission:

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