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Cyber Security Consultant

  • Job reference: AD-000429
  • Sector: Security
  • Location: North
  • Current salary: 35000 to 55000

The Role

We require a Consultant who will deliver demonstrable benefits through helping clients make use of cutting-edge technology to secure their Industrial Control Systems (ICS). ICS security is a relatively new discipline which is developing rapidly due to several factors including high profile incidents, government pressure on industry and technical innovation. Consequently, this role would suit an experienced ICS practitioner wishing to develop a career in industrial cyber security who embraces change and wishes to contribute to the development of this field. Although this is a deeply technical field, progress is driven by understanding business risk and communicating that to stakeholders so an ability to communicate with individuals with highly technical backgrounds and others with non-technical backgrounds is essential.


Practitioners with deep ICS and deep security skills are not common and many organisations lack the opportunities to develop individuals with this dual skill set. However, Atkins has significant business which provides excellent opportunities for an individual who has some of the skills we are looking for and a demonstrable drive to learn additional skills.


Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.


This role is based in the North West England.


Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’ in 2015. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations

 

The cybersecurity practice within Atkins provides cybersecurity services across a wide range of vertical industries, particularly those which are a part of critical national infrastructure. The security practice plays a pivotal role in differentiating Atkins in major projects and has established itself as a professional offering in the market place amongst private and public sectors.



The Requirements

Candidates will have a control systems background with relevant previous experience in a technical or consulting environment.


The successful candidate will:

  • have an interest in developing organisations’ security and protecting their business;
  • be energised by the opportunity to work flexibly to deliver innovative security solutions utilising a range of capabilities;
  • be able to work effectively both individually and as part of a team
  • have good communication skills (written and verbal) allowing them to communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences from the plant floor up to the boardroom;
  • have strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • be able to demonstrate industrial control systems (PLC, HMI, SCADA & DCS) experience, both hands on and from a design perspective;
  • have a good knowledge of networking gained in a hands on environment
  • ideally have knowledge of multiple operating systems including Windows and Linux/UNIX and have hands on experience of carrying out at least basic system administrator functions;
  • ideally have experience with one or more security practices and technologies such as risk or vulnerability assessments, antivirus software, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, centralised alert logging and monitoring etc.
  • ideally have experience and skills in safety-related control systems, including a working knowledge of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 Functional Safety Standards;
  • ideally have a working knowledge of any of the following: IEC 62443/ISA 99, NIST SP 800-82, CPNI Secure ICS Guidance;

 

The Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • be expected to support client security assurance assignments, to expected quality and within commercial and security constraints;
  • contribute to the development of effective approaches to meet client needs, calling for originality and ingenuity in devising recommendations;
  • contribute a broad range of ICS and security skills, including hands on configuration and troubleshooting;
  • communicate security concepts to key clients and stakeholders developing their understanding of the value of, and enhancing the reputation of, Atkins Cybersecurity Consultancy Services, and;
  • take an active role in the improvement, growth and development of Atkins' Cybersecurity Consultancy Services.

 

The Individual

The right candidates will be:

  • a consultant, project manager or ICS system engineer willing to take on challenges and to contribute towards the success and growth of the business;
  • passionate about delivering excellent service to client stakeholders through building and developing relationships
  • comfortable with delivering under pressure
  • an individual who does not accept things at face value but is analytical with demonstrable problem-solving skills;
  • a strong and diplomatic communicator, both in terms of verbal and written interactions 
  • collaborative within client or home business groups and adaptable to take on a team player or team lead role
  • able to work on site at customer locations for significant periods of time (probably over 50%), primarily in the UK but potentially overseas.

In return, we offer an interesting and rewarding role, career development, an empowered and supportive working environment and competitive reward package.


Training

Atkins develops our employees through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed through an annual appraisal process. We support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions. 


Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package, which includes 25 days annual leave with the option to buy up an additional 15 more days. Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy


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