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Job description for SDA Security Advisor

Our Corporate Services Group (CSG) function is represented in every area of the organisation, with a wide range of specialisms that collectively enable our effective day-to-day operation, ensuring we can deliver our objectives and maintain compliance.

As part of our team, you’ll benefit from plenty of routes for development, access to specialist training and funding for professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Disability Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

We are seeking an experienced security professional who is regarded a Subject Matter Expert, to join our team at SDA. This is a key interface role between the site security teams, Ministry of Defence Police, Defence Security Regulator and the SDA Abbeywood customer, where strong communication skills are required. Based on a contractor Site in Derby you will required to provide advice and guidance on complex matters relating to security and its application such as risk management or ensuring matters are escalated and dealt with correctly. The role has responsibility for dealing regularly with clients/customers on complex, controversial and contentious issues. The successful applicant will typically be able to chair internal and external meetings involving senior members. You will be responsible for security best practice and to ensure that all key stakeholders are effectively managed throughout security activities.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for SDA Security Advisor

In this role, you will be entrusted with:
• Undertaking a security review, audit, inspection, or investigation of Project Teams, establishments or industry facilities
• Production of security assurance reports issued to the risk owners within agreed timescales
• Providing advice and guidance on complex matters relating to security and its application, including detailed guidance on threat mitigation
• Actively building and maintaining a wide network of colleagues and customer contacts across Defence industry
• Provide effective leadership and strategic direction to enable staff to work effectively and efficiently
• Provision of advice to the Security Management Board
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, in order to inform and influence security decisions to ensure good security performance

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Significant experience of security management
• Knowledge of business continuity management, security risk management and the associated ISO regulations

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• MSyl
• Establishment Security Officer course
• CPNI (Central Policy for National Infrastructure)

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Protective Security
• Security Compliance & Assurance
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

Please note, our salary bands are under review and may increase. If the outcome of the review results in an increase in the minimum salary and your salary offer falls below the new minimum, your salary will be increased to the new amount from your contracted start date. If the new minimum is less than the salary you are offered, the original salary offer will be retained.

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer by viewing the SDA Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, together we can achieve the extraordinary.

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SDA Security Advisor


£33,150 – £37,110 per annum (plus benefits)

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Corporate Service Group

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Recruitment Contact

Ryan Mundy – [email protected]

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