Interim Security Architect – IT Services

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Interim Security Architect - IT Services
Interim Position

DIGEssex 9347

Posted: 23rd September 2022 13:40
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £481.00 per day PAYE depending on experience TBC

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 1 month until further notice

  • Chelmsford,

    CM1 1QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Security Architect  - IT Services

Reference no:  DIGEssex 9347

Pay Rate: Up to £481.00 per day PAYE depending on experience

Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received.

The Security Architect is a key role, responsible for development of the Security Architecture that ensures the appropriate protection of all aspects of security, (people, electronic, data, physical) in technical development and delivery in support of the Council business objectives and requirements ensuring alignment and adhering to the principles of simplification, sharing and re-use.

This role will help drive a new modern way of delivering technology solutions required the Council (ECC) and the Service itself and be responsible for leading the Service into a modern technology landscape of continual change needed to operate in a cloud based digital and user-led organisation.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, delivery and support of an enterprise information Security Architecture aligned to the strategic requirements of the Council.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance between business strategies and information security and leads the provision of information security resources expertise, guidance and systems necessary to execute strategic and operational plans across all of the organisation's information systems.
  • Responsible for providing expert advice and guidance on security strategies to manage identified risks and ensure adoption and adherence to standards.
  • Leading the Delivery of security innovation to the advantage of the Council by capturing and prioritising market and environmental trends, business strategies and objectives, and identifying the business benefits of alternative strategies ensuring alignment to the Security Architecture.
  • Leading assessment an approval of technical design to ensure Information Security Architectural conformance which ensures effective protection of Council data.
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining Security Standards and Principles and ensuring they are correctly employed in all technical initiatives to ensure commonality of solutions design and implementation.
  • Responsible for obtaining vulnerability information and conducts security risk assessments, business impact analysis and accreditation on complex information systems to ensure appropriate protection of Council data.
  • Leads the creation and review of a security capability strategy that meets the strategic requirements of the business.
  • Leads collaboration and provides expert advice and guidance regarding security issues to Business Partners, Operational Teams and Suppliers to develop and present business cases, for high-level initiatives, approval, funding and prioritisation compliant with the Council Information Security Architecture.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Accredited to ISACA Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or similar qualification such as Axelos RESILIA and must have demonstrable understanding and capability to employ supporting frameworks and methodologies such as TOGAF 9.2, ArchiMate, BPMN, COBIT and IT4IT.
  2. Educated to Degree level or equivalent in experience in a relevant subject.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Able to demonstrate extensive experience in a Senior Security Architecture Role preferably working within a large Local Authority or with a Service Provider providing Public Sector Business Solutions and Architectural Services.
  3. Must demonstrate a track record of leading and working within effective teams delivering Security Solutions that have been proved successful in meeting complex business requirements and in enabling standardisation, simplification, sharing and re-use.
  4. Able to demonstrate a clear understanding and capability to work within relevant ICT related standards including IITIL V3, ISO/IEC 38500, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 22301, ISO/IEC 20000, PRINCE2 and MSP
  5. Excellent written, verbal communication and presentational skills.
  6. Excellent customer service skills.
  7. Experience in the use of Enterprise Modelling tools and methods such as EA Sparx and Orbus iServer.
  8. Experience of developing systems in line with GDS and Cyber Security Group guidelines.
  9. Evidence of continual professional development to keep pace with technical and business change that meet defined SFIA V7 competencies.


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Interim Security Architect - IT Services
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