Technical Architect - REF1129P

  • Northgate Public Services
  • Hemel Hempstead, UK
  • 18 Feb, 2021
I.T. & Communications

Job Description

Here at NPS we have a simple set of values that sets out who we are as a company. We are:

Intelligent - we make the right choices

Involved - our enthusiasm creates energy

Innovative - we always ask what's next

Our business is all about making lives safer, healthier, better managed and mobile

Our software underpins critical police, health, housing and local government services, ensuring delivery of the right data at the right time to protect and improve people's lives.

We're as committed to the positive social outcomes of our customers' services as they are, which means we put people first. In the interfaces and systems we design, and the software support and development service we provide.

Our story

Across the world, billions of people every day rely on the services and benefits provided by their police, health services, housing and local government. Their home, welfare, wellbeing and security often depend on them.

We create and manage the software that connects people with these services. We design smart interfaces and data processes to ensure services are easy to use, always on, relevant, accurate and trusted.

Using internet, mobile and AI technology, we are designing new tools that maximise the positive experience people have of critical services, and helping to make sure they are safer, healthier, better managed, and able to organise their life on the go.

Working closely with our customers - the service providers - we define people's needs today and in the future - and work intelligently to continuously improve our software products and data management.

Our software underpins the performance of our customers as they serve their customers. Our constant focus is making sure our software is stable, efficient, cost efficient and secure.

We're proud of the role we play, improving people's lives through dependable critical services. With a growing number of customers globally, we're going to make a difference to millions of people more.

Based in the UK but working around the world, our 2,000 employees help improve the services that matter most.

We are now part of the NEC corporation, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people worldwide - this brings in new opportunities without limits for growth and innovation.

Job Description

The Security Architect plays a hands on role in day to day Cyber security defence operations in addition to undertaking design and implementation of security enforcing technical controls. The role will require a technical background in Solution or Technical Architecture, where principles can be applied into security programmes of work.

Experience delivering architectures to UK Government, Health and Policing as a Security Architect will be of high relevance for this post however, a good foundation of security understanding is more relevant. Support and training where necessary to develop an understanding of specific security concepts will be provided to successful candidates irrespective of experience.

  • Hands on design and deployment of security enforcing controls to provide enhancements to the overall NPS security architecture.
  • Support application development and product teams to review and risk assess the security posture of an NPS application - providing advice and guidance to enhance the security and privacy of any application under development
  • Conduct Security Assessments of Architecture design
  • Work closely with the wider Cyber Security team to impact assess emerging vulnerabilities and CVEs to ensure that remediation and action taken is appropriate
  • Review security technologies, tools and services, and make recommendations to the broader cyber security team for their use, based on security, financial and operational metrics
  • Documentation creation and review

The role is less policy and procedure based and more technically focussed. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate recent experience in the deployment and 'living with' of technologies and infrastructure/tooling rather than strategic or policy creation. The successful candidate will join an existing team of Security Architects and Principal Security Architects.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Proven experience designing Architectures within a medium to large enterprise
  • Extensive experience with Cloud-hosted software solutions - particularly client-facing digital applications for web and mobile
  • Good experience and technical understanding of Public and Private Cloud technologies such as AWS, Azure and VMware
  • Familiarity with compliance & security standards across the enterprise IT landscape such as ISO 27001
  • Good hands on deployment and operation of security products such as Anti-Virus/Encryption/Device control
  • Comfortable with collaboration, open communication and reaching across a range of functions and teams.
  • High degree of personal motivation and ability to self-manage

Desirable

  • Experience of assessing the risk profile of software solutions, understanding how these have evolved with modern, agile development and deployment practices
  • Documented experience and a strong working knowledge of the methodologies to conduct threat-modelling exercises on new applications and services.
  • Experience designing the deployment of applications and infrastructure into public cloud services.
  • Experience at a technical and analytical level of working with a SIEM
  • Experience working within a shared environment with multiple tenants and requirements.
  • Knowledge of HMG security guidance and successful application of the principles within formally accredited solutions
  • Understanding of security within agile / DevOps project methods

Additional Information

Employees of Northgate Public Services are entitled to the following Company funded benefits:

  • Single Private Medical Cover (with the option to select family cover at an additional cost)
  • 25 days paid holiday (includes 3 company nominated days) with the option to buy/sell up to 5 days
  • 4 x basic salary life assurance cover
  • A Group Pension Plan with fantastic employer contributions
  • A selection of tax efficient flexible benefits to suit your individual needs
  • This role offers a competitive salary.

OTHER INFORMATION

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a pre-existing right to work and travel within the EU. Documentary evidence will be required.

This position requires you to either currently have a Security Clearance or ability to gain Enhanced Security Clearance in addition the Baseline Personnel Security Standard

All offers are subject to satisfactory vetting and reference checks. All roles as standard undertake a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check, some roles may require additional vetting such as NPPV/MOD.

Northgate Public Services is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all communities