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Aquila Security Architect

Job ID: R0050904 Location: Whiteley, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Regular Employment
Location: Whiteley, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Air Traffic Management, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Role Purpose

To provide business driven, cost effective advice on the management of security and information risk consistent with HMG IA policy or other sector specific guidance:

  • Provide a focal point for resolution of security and information risk matters
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate information risks
  • Explain to risk owners and other stakeholders the causes, likelihood and potential business impacts of information risks throughout the information system lifecycle
  • Assist checking compliance with applicable regulations, standards, policies and guidance on information risk management
  • Present risk management options to the business
  • Support the development of appropriate and proportionate documentation to inform risk management decisions, ensuring these are expressed in terms meaningful to the business.
  • Investigate security incidents and opportunities for Forensic Readiness process improvements
  • Ensure security awareness is formally promoted, understood and effective
  • Provide regular threat guidance

Key Responsibilities

Enables provision of the Security and Information Risk Advisor service across all Aquila business units, sites, projects or change activities. Works on assignments with non-standard security issues, operational environments, architectural patterns and complex supply chains.

  • Lead the development of organisation wide information risk assessment techniques, reporting frameworks or processes, and ensures their consistent application by conducting appropriate risk assessments.
  • Identifies information risks which are systemic across the business
  • Initiates the development of new IA controls or policies, guidance and awareness and aligns these with local risk management practices
  • Provide specialist information security advice requiring at least one CESG Certified IA Professional (CCP) skill at skill level 3
  • Plans and manages delivery of any security initiatives
  • Understands the threat environment and provide timely using externally available resources such as UK-CERT, US-CERT, CISP, ISF
  • Review of security of the Aquila ICT/Business Systems estate and act as Security & Information Risk Advisor () for the Aquila ICT/BUSINESS SYSTEMS estate
  • Form part of the Change Advisor Board () to review impacts on Security incurred by change requests
  • Maintenance of & security , such as CE, CE+ (ISO 27001)
  • Act as a key member of the Aquila Security Working Group (SyWG), advising the stakeholders with security related areas of interest & reporting on:
    • User status
    • Incident summary
    • Accreditation status etc.
  • Manage and escalate & to the security stakeholders, via the SyWG, where applicable
  • Support to activities, i.e. scoping and management of ITHC related activities (VA, PenTest & Compliance Checks (CC))
  • Conduct physical security reviews
  • security support, providing advice to the Operations team
  • Support to the business on security & campaigns/strategy
  • Review & advise on security , policies, processes & procedures – ISMS development and maintenance, along with production of Statement of Applicability (SoA) where required
  • Supply chain security, specifically taking account of DCPP requirements & SAQ if appropriate
  • Ensures effective management of security incidents and support Disaster Recovery () and Business Continuity () preparation and activities.
  • Take the lead on operational security compliance
  • Support the SIRO and other senior stakeholders on business driven information risk management strategies, policies and practices
  • Support to the DPO for compliance requirements
  • Provide security advice on services, products & applications under consideration by the process.
  • Ensure consistent delivery of security training across the organisation
  • Leads development of IA training, guidance or professional standards in widespread use across the public and /or private sectors

Skills, experience and qualifications

  • Previous experience of managing Operational Cyber Security and Information Assurance  
  • Proven knowledge of HMG IA standards, security operating processes and procedures
  • Ability to write concisely in a customer focused manner
  • Working with challenging deadlines and competing priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail with a methodical approach and excellent time management skill
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and manage high volumes of work
  • Proven organisational ability and team player
  • Good communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent standard of computer literacy in all Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to learn and to work with a diverse range of people at all levels
  • Pro-active self-starter
  • Customer focused
  • Flexible (likely that you will need to work outside core hours)
  • Self sufficient 
  • Full mobility is essential; there is a need to work on the service delivery sites.
    • Be prepared to work on overseas projects
  • Current SC or the ability and willingness to undergo SC clearance

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 65,000 employees in 56 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!


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