Lead Security Architect Department for Work & Pensions



Number of vacancies



Leeds OR Newcastle


£60,740 — £80,000 per annum

Work hours

37 per week (flexible working)

Employment type


Job benefits

We have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:
• Flexible working
• Family friendly policies
• Volunteering and charitable giving
• Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more
• Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket
• Sports and social activities
• Learning and development, including coaching, mentoring, qualifications and accreditation
Work in an environment shortlisted for a Best Place to Work in Digital Award
• Career progression opportunities and lots more

Closing date

8 February 2021

Job description

DWP. Digital with Purpose.
We’re looking for an experienced Lead Security Architect to provide that security architecture expertise for a small team of solution architects working across a number of DWP’s Digital’s Working Age products and services.

Working Age includes benefits and services like Personal Independent Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Access to Work and Industrial Injuries. We help people access the support they need to live independently, and help support carers, by designing innovative accessible, available, and user-driven government services.

This business critical role is ideal if you are someone who can deliver the security architecture design elements of projects/initiatives, to meet user needs whilst managing risks.

Improving security and reliability through technical architecture

Inside the mind of a security architect

My surprise on returning to DWP Digital

Duties. Work. Projects.
In this expert level, leadership role you will blend deep knowledge and experience in technical security, architecture and developmental skills. Designing Working Age security solutions (products and services) to meet user needs and align with DWP security strategy and standards.

Digital Working Age covers a number of large scale projects and initiatives and you’ll be providing a consistent set of security solution views across these.

You’re a great communicator making the complex simple to understand for stakeholders of all levels, technical and non-technical. And you actively champion Architecture best practice and in particular its security expertise.

Working with engineering teams, policy, legal, and other Digital stakeholders you will be instrumental in creating VFM solution designs. identifying security issues in system architectures. You will ensure technical quality and that solution designs adhere to digital Blueprints, Enterprise Architecture and provide a deep understanding of business goals and processes that informs the security architecture roadmap.

You will identify, capture, share, iterate, and implement security architecture patterns, whilst providing advice and guidance on the risk impact of vulnerabilities in existing and future designs and systems. Plus, assessment of the likelihood of vulnerability exploitation.

You will use your expertise and insight to help identify new technologies and working with DWP Digital Design Authority and the broader security community to look at how and where these can be exploited in business areas.

• Architecture design and modelling techniques, tools and standards

• Security threat trends, analysis and protection technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. software exploits/ SQL injection/ cross-site scripting/ remote file inclusion/ stolen credentials/ ‘watering hole’ attacks/ DDOS/ malware/ phishing/ ransomware)

• Secure communication and encryption/ cryptographic technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. IPSec/ Kerberos/ TLS/ SSL).

• Identification, authentication and Single Sign-On(SSO) technologies, tools and best practice (e.g. OpenID / Oauth 2.0/ OIDC/ XACML/ OATH reference architecture/ Kerberos/ SAML/ WS-Security/ RACF)

• Cybersecurity technologies, tools and best practice

Where will you work?

You’ll join our team with a base office at one of our Digital Hubs at either Leeds OR Newcastle.

We also all have the tech and tools we need to enable our people to work flexibly, and many of us are working remotely at the moment due to COVID-19.

 Click here to check out each Digital Hub location  

We provide the latest tech and tooling and foster a collaborative culture to help our agile, multidisciplinary teams think big and try new things. You will work alongside people who care passionately about public service, making a difference and delivering for our customers.

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