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Lead Security Information Risk Advisor

We’re FCDO Services: a government organisation here to protect people, information, and assets all over the world. We do that by providing a wide variety of vital services to high-level government customers, both in the UK and overseas. At any given moment, we’ll be involved in a broad range of critical projects worldwide: everything from embassy construction, to diplomatic goods deliveries, to providing parliaments with secure WiFi.

That kind of work means we deal with highly sensitive data every day: matters of national importance; secure emails between government departments; even personal details of members of the public, because of our support for passport and visa application systems.

With all that in mind, our information has to be absolutely airtight. We have to ensure that storage solutions are secure; that end-user devices are safe. And we have to do all that not just for our customers but for our own systems too. As our new Lead Security Information Risk Advisor, you’ll be at the heart of this crucial effort.

Provide security expertise that protects UK interests

We need to be ahead of any threat to our data – so we need you to be a confident expert, with qualifications in information security and a depth of understanding of both practice and legislation in the field. Using that knowledge and working with teams across the organisation, you’ll help us deliver the best possible information security solutions – both for our own systems and our work for customers. You’ll risk assess current systems, planning for every eventuality. You’ll scope out the risks and vulnerabilities of new products, and new suppliers too. And at the same time, you’ll always see the bigger picture – the knock-on effect that new technologies could have for other systems.

Share and support to shore up our data

You aren’t just an expert: you’re also a collaborator and a communicator; an advocate for sharing your knowledge to strengthen the team. You know that security isn’t just about the best tech: it’s also about engaging the whole workforce in why security matters and how they can help. So, as you make recommendations to help colleagues comply with legislation, you’ll also support them to understand and embrace best practice, creating a stronger and more secure future organisation. And as you nurture the team around you, you’ll be part of the customer promise that we all commit to: to be reliable and responsive, to build relationships, and above all, to be easy and enjoyable to work with.

Find flexibility in a role that makes you proud

You’re supporting the security of our whole organisation – and in return, we support you too. You’ll have training to stay ahead of the latest tech developments. You’ll be surrounded by an inclusive, diverse team. And you’ll have the freedom to find a work pattern that’s right for you. Flexible working is a core part of our offer here at FCDO Services, wherever the role allows, and the introduction of our hybrid work model helps people find their own balance between home and office too. It’s the chance to make your role truly work for you – within an organisation where you’ll work to protect people all over the world every day. It’s your job, bigger.

All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed, so you will need to undergo a vetting process as part of your application. This role requires you to go through Developed Vetting (DV). You can find out more about vetting on our website.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.
The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£43,026 - £50,491 plus £1,750 location allowance and excellent benefits
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
04 January 2024 at midnight

Further information

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  • 1.  Role Profile
  • 2.  Extra Information
  • 3.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 4.  Civil Service Code