Information Security Manager

In the range of £35,222 to £38,254
31 Oct 2017
26 Nov 2017

Information Security Manager – Cambridge

Job reference: BAS 76/17

Contract type: Full Time

Duration: Open Ended Appointment

Salary: In the range of £35,222 to £38,254 per annum

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: ICT team

Location: Cambridge

Although based in Cambridge, the job may require travel to the Antarctic.  It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is flexible, physically fit and able to work in an often-challenging environment.

Tours of duty in the Antarctic can vary each year but normally last from 4 to 12 weeks. Antarctic visits will not necessarily occur each year.

A great opportunity has now arisen for a Information Security Manager to join the ICT Team.

What’s great about the role?

This role will allow you to demonstrate your ability to think both strategically and tactically; shaping the information security culture of BAS. You will have opportunities to develop both personally and professionally through ongoing security related training and management development. You will also be able to develop your network by enacting with other security colleagues within the Natural Environment Research Council.

What’s great about joining this team?

You will be managing a small team of technical experts within a larger department of enthusiastic and motivated IT professionals with a great work ethic and strong team spirit. The department aspires to enable business activity in a pragmatic and agile manner and is highly customer focused, seeking always to deliver IT services to the highest possible standard. Day to day problems and challenges are dealt with pro-actively and with intent to ‘go the extra mile’ if necessary.

The cyber and information security landscape is fluid and national and international security policies change constantly. The IT Department must respond accordingly and you will be a highly influential figure in anticipating and managing these changes in order to obtain the best possible outcome for BAS in all cases.

What are we looking for?

• Strong Knowledge of Windows Networking, Active Directory, Firewalls. Cisco Networks

• Good cyber essentials knowledge

• Ability to provide solutions aligned to business processes and emerging priorities

• Ability to articulate security solutions to complex problems and provide clear advice

• Strong management and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively contribute and lead within a cross functional department

Why should you come and work at BAS?

• British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

• Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.

• Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What would you get?

• Competitive salaries, flexible working, a generous pension scheme, subsidise canteen and sporting activities, superb learning and development opportunities and the chance to visit Antarctica – one of the most amazing places in the world.


To provide the focus for Information Security at BAS, working as part of the IT Team, carrying out security measures to monitor and protect sensitive data and systems.

  • Monitoring of information sources (such as vendor advisories, mailing lists, etc.) for vulnerability and patch information.
  • Detection and notification of vulnerable assets.
  • Tracking of remediation efforts.
  • Take the lead in network architecture development and strategy.


A degree in Computer Science or Informatics, a Certified Information System Security Professional qualification or substantial work experience at a level demonstrating graduate ability.


• To work with stakeholders at BAS and across NERC to develop relationships to help promote and improve information security and effectively implement NERC information security policies across BAS.

• To promote security awareness by developing and implementing a security awareness and training programme.

• To act as the first point of contact within BAS for security incidents. This entails to investigate suspected and actual security incidents, produce reports with recommendations and ensure any remedial action is taken.

• To develop, monitor and update local IT security policies. To ensure BAS staff are aware of the policies and respond to them.

• To work across IT platforms and communication systems to provide security guidance as new platforms are introduced.

• To attend meetings as required including events within BAS and NERC. To represent BAS at IT forums.

• To maintain and administer internal and perimeter security systems and solutions.

• To deliver, introduce and implement IT security systems.

• To provide direction and support in addressing security related issues and projects.

• To provide input to networking architecture ensuring our infrastructure is secure and meets the needs of BAS.

• To take ownership of network architecture, ensuring the future needs of BAS are met.

• To keep abreast of emerging technologies and sharing knowledge with colleagues.

• To respond to users’ support tickets and resolve issues promptly, and within defined SLA’s

• To partake in developing and communicating the strategic direction of the department.

• To undertake any other duties as appropriate and as requested by the BAS Director.

To apply – please click apply.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website (please click apply to open a new window). These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 76/17

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 26 November, 2017 11:59 pm

First-stage interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 11th December

Second-stage interviews are scheduled to be held on: Early January 2018

Proposed start date: ASAP

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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