Lead Technical (Solution) Architect – Security Department for Work & Pensions


Reference 38292
Number of vacancies 1
Location Newcastle
Salary £59,258 — up to £80,000 per annum
Work hours 37 per week (flexible working)
Employment type Permanent
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
• Career progression opportunities and lots more

Closing date 2 March 2020

Job description

DWP. Digital with Purpose.

We’re looking for a Lead Technical (Solution) Architect – Security to join our growing community of experts. DWP is leading a once in a generation programme of welfare reform and you’ll help drive forward a key part of one of the biggest and highest-profile digital transformation programmes in the world.

DWP currently has an enormously ambitious and challenging agenda, often working in partnership with the private and voluntary sector. We provide services and support to over 20 million people, are responsible for over 730 million benefit payment transactions each year.

At the heart of this massive agenda is the digital transformation of the services that DWP provides, which will radically improve how government interacts with people. We’ll make our services easier and swifter to access; the time taken to develop new services will be decreased and the cost of delivery will be reduced significantly.

You and your role
As a Lead Technical Architect at DWP Digital specialising in Security Architecture, you will be working across a number of citizen information management initiatives.

Blending your leadership and architecture skills, you will also have a deep knowledge and experience in Security.
As a role model to others in the team, you will be helping to lead and build security capability across the architecture community in DWP.

Please click this hyperlink to check out a great blog from John Banks, Lead Technical Architect for Citizen Information, for a closer look at the big challenges and opportunities here at DWP Digital.

You will design secure system architectures through the application of patterns and principles, to meet user needs whilst managing risks and identifying security issues.

Providing advice and guidance on the risk impact of vulnerabilities in existing and also future designs / systems, you will assess the likelihood of vulnerability exploitation.

Guiding and informing risk based decisions, you will advise and provide visibility of developments in security properties of technology.

You will be required to identify new technologies whilst working with the DWP Digital Design Authority, as well as the broader security community, to look at how and where they could be exploited in business areas.

It will be key that you effectively communicate security and risk implications to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Specifically, the role will require that you:

• Deliver risk and threat modelling, plus analysis, for Departmental systems.
• Design proportional security controls to bring risk within Departmental appetite.
• Deliver security architecture for deployment of large datasets into private and public cloud environments.
• Design security control roadmap(s) for specific business areas.
• Design and scope IT Health Checks which will identify principal security concerns for service-lines.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

You will be able to demonstrate:

• 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.

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Where will you work?
You’ll join our team at our digital hub in Newcastle.

Only a short Metro ride from the city centre, the hub has a modern, informal and collaborative working environment. Our facilities include two restaurants, catering pods and vending machines, sports facilities, cycle shelter, showers and Wudu washing facilities.

Have a closer look at the facilities via this link.

Also, check out this link as Newcastle is the home to the GDS Academy, user experience lab and UX command centre.

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.

We’re the UK’s biggest government department with over 80,000 diverse and brilliant people on our team. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.

CLICK APPLY for further information and to start an application on Civil Service Jobs.

If you have any questions of you want to discuss the role before you apply get in touch via danny.winch@dwp.gov.uk

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