Vacancy -- Deputy Director, Chief Security Officer - SCS1
Purpose of Post
The Chief Security Officer is responsible for the Departmental Security Unit, Chief Operating Officer’s Business Management Team, corporate business continuity and management information reporting for staffing matters. The post leads the security operations programme for personnel, ministerial protection, cyber security, information and physical security including corporate business continuity management and the Chief Operating Officer’s Business Management Team. It also provides leadership for the Public Bodies Unit which is responsible for providing advice and guidance on the establishment, classification, governance and funding arrangements for all public bodies set up by the Welsh Government.
The Chief Security Officer is the principal security official in Welsh Government providing protective security advice to ministers and senior officials including the Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Working collaboratively with UK Government Security Group and National Technical Authorities, the Chief Security Officer analyses security threats to Welsh Governments own systems and the complex landscape of Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies. This includes determining security and business continuity risks to Welsh Government and delivering proportionate and effective controls working across a range of multi-functional delivery teams for risk-based implementation. The role includes working collaboratively with Senior Security Advisors in both Devolved Governments/UK Government Departments and the wider UK security community. Ensuring that Welsh Government’s perspective is appropriately considered for reserved security matters is essential.
The Chief Security Officer is also responsible for corporate business continuity management arrangements, it’s resilience and for regular testing. Functions include chairing the All Wales Business Continuity Forum and providing specialist advice to Welsh Government’s own business continuity strategy group.
The Chief Security Officer also oversees the Chief Operating Officer’s Business Management team which includes advice, support, representation and training on the delivery of business matters to the Chief Operating Officer’s Group, Office for the First Minister and the Covid Recovery & Local Government Group. Additional related responsibilities may emerge as the groups continue to realign under WG2025 our three year programme for organisational development.
Equality and Diversity
The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.
We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.
We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.
We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.
Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).
We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.
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Welsh Language Requirements
The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace.
The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.
Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• terms and conditions
• policies and procedures
• organisational change.
Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.
The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.
Assessments for Shortlisted Candidates Only
The below activities will form part of the overall assessment required for this recruitment exercise:
• Online Psychometric Tests - these will include numerical and verbal reasoning and a discussion with a psychologist. You will receive a link to these on-line tests within 10 working days from the shortlisting meeting.
If you have completed the online psychometric test in the last 2 years, for a post at the same grade, it will not be necessary for you to take these tests again for this particular recruitment exercise.
• Staff Engagement Exercise – these will take place on 13 October. Further details will follow.
• Panel Interviews & Scenario – these are scheduled for the 24 October. These will also take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will last around 45 minutes. The Panel will receive feedback on your psychometric tests and staff/stakeholder engagement exercise before you are interviewed. Your interview will consider how your skills and experience as outlined in your CV and personal statement meet the requirements of the role. A presentation or scenario-based exercise may also be required. Candidates will be given further details of either the scenario or the presentation in advance of the interview. Please note that presentations are to be delivered without the use of hand-outs or electronic devices unless as part of a reasonable adjustment, however, you are welcome to use prompt cards.
How to apply
Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date. All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system. If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SCSrecruitment@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.
To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system. Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account. Registration takes just a few minutes to complete. You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register. Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.
If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
For further information regarding the Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.
When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)
Other information about the vacancy
This vacancy is closed to applications.