Interim Security Architect - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £649 per day (In scope of IR35)
Closing date: 31 May 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12680
Role: Information Services
About the role

Interim Security Architect

Temporary, Full Time

Up to £649 per day (In scope of IR35)

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 31st May 2023

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, process, 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.

Safeguarding Council data in an aggressive Cyber Security environment is an essential activity and the Post holder leads strategic collaboration with Senior Stakeholders in Directorates, Partner Organisations and Third-Party Suppliers to promote the Security Design aspects required in developing the ECC IT Strategy to exploit innovative products, services and solutions that deliver business and Citizen benefit.

This role will help drive a new modern way of delivering technology solutions required by Essex County 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.


  • 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 framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accredited to ISC 2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Certification of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), similar qualifications or experience, and must have demonstrable understanding and capability to employ supporting frameworks and methodologies such as TOGAF, NCSC, NIST or SABSA.
  • Experience of delivering security solutions to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.
  • 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
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentational skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Experience of developing systems in line with Microsoft, TOGAF, NCSC, NIST or SABSA Cyber Assessment Frameworks.
  • Evidence of continual professional development to keep pace with technical and business change that meet defined SFIA V7 competencies.
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent in experience in a relevant subject.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

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