Systems Engineer - Smart Buildings Cyber Assurance

House of Commons
London (Central), London (Greater)
£53,000 - £63,330 Per annum
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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House of Commons

The House of Commons is a unique and exciting place to work right at the heart of the UK's thriving democratic system. 

Behind the scenes, the House of Commons Service is made up of more than 3,000 employees who support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House. They provide professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community.

Staff Benefits

In addition to your salary, we offer an attractive range of benefits including: 

  • 30 days’ annual leave (increasing to 35 days after first full leave year). 
  • Civil Service Pension scheme. 
  • Access to training and development. 
  • Flexible working. 
  • Interest free season ticket loan and bicycle loan. 


Parliament’s Strategic Estates team (SE) manages all property and engineering infrastructure across the Parliamentary Estate. The Estate consists of around 14 main buildings ranging from the historic Palace of Westminster to the modern Portcullis House, is located within a UNESCO World Heritage site, and spans 4 conservation areas. Estates has an annual budget of over £70m, split between around 150 ongoing capital projects, and planning for several multi-million refurbishment projects over the next decade to refurbish some historic buildings and replace ageing engineering infrastructure.

The Design Authority manages the lifecycle of the engineering assets together with proving advice and assurance to the Project Delivery and Maintenance groups. The Design Authority is the core of expert in-house staff providing continuity, direction and support to colleagues, consultants and contractors, and represents the estate with key external bodies. It also manages the records, O&M manuals, H&S files and digital models for the engineering infrastructure, and leads the Clerks of Works, CDM Safety Advisors and Building Services Consultant contracts. It is staffed mainly by Chartered professionals covering Electrical, Mechanical, Public Health, Electronics, Security Systems, Controls and Audio/Broadcast Engineering.

The Role 

Reporting to the Principal Comms and Control Systems Engineer within the IHSE Design Authority, this post will focus on the provision of management and security assurance for, the building services networks and systems used in Parliament. The post holder will work closely with complementary posts and will concentrate on core delivery over the short to medium term. Due to the essential association with the wider organisation of both Houses, the post holder is expected to foster a culture of achieving business excellence, high customer service and professional standards, compliance with statutory regulations and legislation, as well as providing best practice support and guidance.

Skills and Experience 

  • Experienced Cyber security professional with proven experience in a similar role, demonstrating exposure to managing relationship with suppliers and consultants on the client-side.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of risk management with the emphasis on cyber security risks, projects delivery and competence of operating in a complex stakeholder environment.
  • Knowledge of the current NCSC guidance on cyber security and CIS controls with the emphasis on public sector.
  • Cyber Professional qualifications desirable (CISSP, CISM, CISA)
  • Applies a range of analytical techniques to understand complex issues and risks particularly in network security, making strategic decisions leading to workable solutions or mitigations. Basic understanding of tender processes, contract management, financial management, public procurement, working in listed buildings and health and safety regulations.
  • Experience in working with building services networking devices and networked systems, knowledge of how common protocols work and experience working with infrastructure security devices. Working with SIEM/agent monitoring tools, correlating logs and using analytical techniques to perform investigations.
  • Able to Identify indicators of compromise and translate them into rules which detect other threats across the network, in a variety of different way.
  • Demonstrate experience of working with, and management of, industrial networks, control systems and equipment suppliers, taking account and ownership of building services systems requirements. Experience of non-standard architectures developed for or used in the automation industry.

Next Steps 

CV and Supporting Statement- If you would like to apply for this role, Please submit a CV and a 500-word Supporting Statement based on the criteria which can be found in the Job Description via the Apply button,


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