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Cyber Physical Security Lead

Yorkshire Water
£40,343 to £52,302 + pension + 25 days holiday
Closing date
24 Feb 2022

Job Details

At Yorkshire Water we believe technology holds the key to making the most of this precious resource, and taking care of it, now and in the future. We have a five-year plan that will see us investing heavily in our Technology. Enabling us as a department to focus on our capabilities, increase our delivery and responsiveness for our customers and develop skilled technical and data experts.

The Security, Service and Operations team delivers change quickly, operates our IT services securely and embraces new technology to drive service excellence for our 5 million customers and 3,500 colleagues.

We are now looking for a number of Cyber Physical Security Lead/Cyber Physical Security Engineer to join us on this journey. This means no two days will ever be the same but as an Cyber Physical Security Lead / Cyber Physical Security Engineer you will need to really own it.

 An operation of this scale within Yorkshire Water cannot be done without a significant reliance on technology ranging from traditional automation and control to bleeding edge adoption of IIoT, Digital Convergence and I4.0 techniques. This not only creates exiting opportunities for the company but also increases its exposure to threat actors including those with an interest in attacking critical national infrastructures.  

You can expect your role to involve:

  • To understand how technology in the Cyber-Physical arena is implemented, how this might be exploited by malicious actors and the consequence of a cyber-incident on People, the Environment, Yorkshire Water’s production Assets and Reputation (PEAR).
  • Despite this being a security role, its primary purpose is to act as the liaison between the Security function and the owners and operators of cyber-physical programmable and networked equipment across the business (clean, waste, energy and recycling etc.), it is therefore essential that the Security Specialist (Cyber-Physical):
  • Is comfortable working in these environments (i.e. understands legislation such as CDM, DSEAR etc. as well as common field etiquette such as RAMS, PFW etc.).



  • Has a good working knowledge of Functional Safety and ISO 61511; and has a detailed knowledge of cyber-physical technologies such as DCS, PLC/SCADA, SIS etc.

It goes without saying that we are looking for individuals who are great communicators and comfortable conversing and influencing senior leadership stakeholders. An Cyber Physical Security Lead / Cyber Physical Security Engineer who fosters a culture of excellence by defining and refining methods, standards, governance and assurance and is a technical expert and champion of data, technology and analytics throughout everything they do.

What skills are we looking for

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for anyone who is passionate about technology, information systems, engineering and cyber security and would like to shape the future of the new and rapidly expanding field of cyber-physical security.

If you have  an Information Security background and would like to apply it to the protection of physical devices, or work in the field of Process Engineering and are interested in changing direction into a rapidly expanding sector then this opportunity should be of interest to you. 

How we go about doing our job really matters to us. We all care about what we do, so whatever we’re working on we own it and make sure it gets done. We don’t just do this on our own as we know that we’re better together – whether that’s with our colleagues, customers, communities or stakeholders we use the power of people to make amazing things happen. And we’re not afraid to try new things, challenge ourselves and others – we’re always learning as that’s how we’ll improve.

We’re straight talking, respectful and we get things done with care and compassion, we value, understand and embrace difference. We have heart.

Although you will have a permanent friendly office to inspire collaborative thinking, and there may be occasions when there is a business need to attend the office, we do offer flexible hybrid working arrangements. We appreciate that we all live busy lives and crave now more than ever a good work / life balance, so together we can discuss what this might look like for you as an individual. After all we know we are all good on our own but together there’s no stopping us! 

Location: Working from home during Covid & thereafter flexible / hybrid working arrangements including our Bradford / Leeds offices

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply online by uploading your latest CV and completing the application process.


A legacy of improvements

Since privatisation we have invested more than £20 billion in maintaining and improving your water and waste water services and the environment.

We have a proud history of maintaining and improving services for Yorkshire We’ve come a long way since the water industry was privatised in 1989. Back then, we inherited an enormous legacy of reservoirs, structures and pipes across our region. Some of these are many decades old.

Since then, we have invested more than £20 billion in maintaining and improving your water and waste water services and we’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved. Our innovation and investment has resulted in significant environmental improvements, the avoidance of water restrictions since 1996 and better customer services, while bringing jobs, work and wealth creation to our region. We have only been able to pay for these improvements through increases in our charges, and we have been able to keep these to a minimum by finding new and better ways to deliver our service and by re-investing these cost savings where it really matters.

By doing this we are helping to protect you from burst pipes that interrupt your supply, low water pressure, water discolouration, sewer flooding or odour problems, and we are also helping to keep our rivers and beaches clean.

In fact, we are the only water company which has invested with the intention of achieving the ‘excellent’ standard in bathing waters. This means more potential for Blue Flag Awards and tourism for Yorkshire.

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