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Senior/Principal Cyber Defence and Security Consultant

  • Job reference: AD-000391
  • Sector: Defence, Security
  • Location: London, Bristol, Cheltenham
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Atkins is a major supplier to the Public Sector and we have key accounts across Central and Local Government, Public Services, Regulated Industries, as well as the Private Sector. Our Aerospace, Defence & Technology (ADS&T) business delivers client side consulting, with a primary focus on programme and project delivery, technology enabled transformation, strategy development, business change management and implementation.

Our Defence account is a successful and growing part of our business, which is expanding in terms of both footprint and capability. We have built a high quality consulting team, attracting top-tier consultants and delivering high quality work. We are now looking to further expand our service scope to include Cyber Security.

In order to develop this capability we are now looking for dynamic and motivated Senior or Principal Consultants in Cyber Defence and Information Technology (IT)/Operational Technology (OT) Security who have a proven track record in providing high quality advice and delivery to demanding clients in complex environments. These roles are client facing, and may be in the form of solo engagements, or leading/operating as part of small or larger multidisciplinary teams.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of knowledge of cyber security principles as well as having experience of their practical application in the context of UK defence platforms, organisations and capabilities.

Candidates will have experience of influencing at senior levels as well as being comfortable operating in a dynamic and technology-centric environment. This consulting role requires excellent communication and negotiation skills in order to operate in demanding and complex stakeholder environments.

The role will provide in significant development opportunities that arise through working in a growth area in an expanding team. As well as technical delivery, you will be expected to support development of the internal capability in cyber security and resilience through, the development of propositions, business development and thought leadership as well as mentoring and coaching of others.


•Secure and deliver a range of cyber consulting assignments for defence and security clients
•Manage Atkins teams to deliver outstanding value for clients, ensuring assignments meet the requirements of quality, time, and budget to profit our business
•Work collaboratively as part of the Technology Services and Solutions practice team and across the Defence market teams. This will include developing and sharing thought leadership, leading the development of new propositions, and building strong client relationships.
•Support the development of cyber capability and capacity within Atkins through coaching, mentoring, and supporting delivery of training


•The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and conscientious individual who has the relevant defence contextual knowledge as well as cyber security experience. To be successful in this role you need to have the ability to work on multiple projects and with many stakeholders concurrently. Your key responsibilities will encompass the following:
•Leading the delivery of Cyber Vulnerability Investigation (CVI) projects across UK defence systems and organisations in accordance with industry and MOD requirements
•Leading an enterprise level systems engineering approach to all cyber resilience projects, delivering an enterprise level output for on behalf of clients.
•Leading cyber resilience risk assessment projects to support the establishment of a risk picture, leading to the proposal of appropriate measures to mitigate client’s cyber risks.
•Understand, manage and deliver a range of assessment tools and techniques, such as Maturity Models (MM), threat assessments and penetration testing to underpin the derivation of evidence in CVI and High level assessments.
•Experience of Certifications & Standards including: Cyber Essentials, Cyber Security Model, JSP 440 & Defence Standard 05-138.
•Experience working in defence intelligence and C4ISR related work areas.
•An ability to influence and communicate with all levels of stakeholder including senior stakeholders and junior staff. Strong interpersonal skills.
•Experience of general consulting skills (soft skills, structured thinking, effective report writing and presentations, and stakeholder engagement).
•Experience operating in dynamic and technical environments characterised by lots of uncertainty.
•An ability to work under broad direction, with a high level of self-initiation.
•Central Government experience is highly desirable, particularly in the Defence agencies; some additional wider sector experience (Government Agencies; Regulated Industry; Private sector) is desirable.
•Knowledge and experience of new defence trends and disruptive technologies, including electronic warfare, information exploitation, and cyber situational awareness tooling.



Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. Flexible working options may be considered for this vacancy

Security Requirements

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

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