£38,751 - £43,847
30th November 2020
This Policy and Implementation Lead sits within the DDTS Security team. This role will be the lead in supporting the Security Risk Owner (SRO) with support in identifying existing and future policy gaps and arranging for them to be written by the subject matters experts and ensuring they are rolled out across the Defra group.
The post holder will be the primary contact for Defra security on this subject matter and will work closely with other key security stakeholders across the department. You will be expected to work in collaboration with these stakeholders and subject matter experts to ensure the policies are drafted, approved and fit for purpose before they and rolled out smoothly across Defra.
The Policy role is a very specific role with a very specific skill set which requires a high level of analytical skill and a key eye for detail. The post holder will need a mix of skills including project management and presentation skills. The post holder will need to explain complex aspects of policy and provide advice and recommendations, anticipating, evaluating and highlighting key risks along the way.
This role will require a security clearance.
• The role holder will need excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate complex/technical security capability considerations/ into a simple business opportunity narrative that leaders can easily understand and make informed business decisions on risk and organisational change.
• The role will communicate monthly and quarterly up to the SRO on the status of the policy workstack, identifying areas of opportunity and progress made to resolve gaps.
• The role holder will need extensive experience in establishing networks with business leaders and specialist communities across large complex organisations and with associated suppliers, and using them to help develop a clear set of policy areas where there are gaps or ambiguity
• Frequent communication required at all levels and up to Deputy Director level across Defra and also senior levels with suppliers and other Government departments and Arm’s Length Bodies.
• The role holder has to balance the requirements of multiple organisations and stakeholders, use judgement and flexibility in identifying problems and ensure any proposed solutions is practical and cost effective. For example in developing a working from home policy
• The role contributes significantly to decisions taken by senior grades across the Defra group, through provision of and proposed management of financial risks and issues. Expert knowledge and guidance to put forward and defend the preferred option. The evaluation of multiple conflicting factors will be needed to recommend a workable, pragmatic solution.
• The role will work within broad guidelines laid down by the DDTS Head of Security and will work in support of the wider remit of the DDTS Head of Security. In terms of day to day delivery of work the post holder will work independently and refer top manger only for broad advice and decisions which have serious policy or resource implications. The role holder’s work is guided by agreed performance objectives, with the role holder having considerable discretion over day-to-day workload.
• The role is critical in ensuring Defra meets its security and legislative requirements cost effectively so that Defra group is able to operate securely, avoid reputational damage and ensure we retain the trust of the public.
• The role will also require working with key security team members and internal communication teams to actively project manage the delivery of policy changes.
• The final element of the role will require the post holder to carry out additional ad-hoc business support duties to support the Defra security team. This may involve undertaking a range of audits across SharePoint or collating of staff responses , participating in the rollout of new capabilities and cover for peers within the team from time to time.
You will need to be comfortable working with ambiguity and defining a clear direction from a wide variety of options. A very good working knowledge of security practices, policies and the importance of making workable solutions a priority. The ideal candidate will be highly experienced in providing policy guidance and be a good administrator. They must be able to show initiative, leadership and tenacity. Strong interpersonal skills are essential, including communication and influencing. Excel is important as well the ability to multi task and be a self-starter.
Essential skills and experience
• Experience of working in a Policy or communications role in a large department or a complex organisation.
• Time management and organisational skills.
• The role holder will need extensive experience in establishing networks with business leaders and specialist communities across large complex organisations and with associated suppliers, and using them to help develop appropriate policies.
• Problem solving in a complex environment, across multiple stakeholders requiring significant judgement and the highest briefing standards, both written and face to face.
• Experience of engaging, advising and influencing at all levels of an organisation including senior managers and proven leadership skills in challenging and complex environments.
• Ability to take a cross-government approach, considering the impact of your decisions in the broadest of settings.
• Ability to form excellent relationships within your department and with the wider security community including teams and the UK Intelligence Community.
• Managing complex and diverse workload, drawing on multiple teams to complete tasks.
• Performing effectively to deadlines, maintaining focus in challenging situations and adapting to find solutions that meet the needs of stakeholders.
• Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate complex/technical security capability considerations/ into a simple business opportunity narrative that leaders can easily understand and make informed business decisions on risk and organisational change. The role will communicate monthly up to Chief Operating Officer (COO) level on security risk and possible solutions.