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Principal Security Architect G6

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Principal Security Architect G6

£60,435 - £71,535 depending on skills and experience These role may attract a DigiTec allowance of up to £20k depending on skills and experience.

Location: Swansea

Would you like the opportunity to to help transform one of the largest government departments through the delivery of huge IT Programmes? If so, the Principal Security Architect will provide the challenge you are looking for.

Transformation projects don’t come much bigger – if you want to work with one of the most diverse and experienced IT teams in Government, using leading technologies, you’re looking in the right place. We have an extensive change programme that supports the transformation of DVLA to digital user led services which underpin the Agency’s ‘Simpler, Better, Safer’ vision.

2017 is already proving to be an exciting year for DVLA’s IT Services where we are continuing the major transformation of our legacy estate utilising an in-house developed and supported set of services. Our services will have the reach to every household in the UK, the size and scale would be the envy of any UK ecommerce service provider, so it will be a fabulous opportunity to make a difference for us and for you.

This is a challenging and dynamic environment that is exploring new technology, collaborating with SMEs, engaging in technology hackathons and supporting growth of IT development and skills in the local community. Sponsors of Tech Hub Swansea, we work closely with the Government Digital Service (GDS) to build modern, user-focused services in an innovative and creative environment.


At DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) our work matters. Impacting the lives of over 45 million people in the UK we do more than provide driving licences and number plates – we ensure simpler licensing that is better for our users and results in safer travel on our roads.

You probably have experience of using our services to get a driving licence or tell us about your car. Well now you can be part of our future, helping us continue on our journey to move from an organisation that revolved around paper to one that is at the forefront of digital delivery within Government.

We are very proud to be Winners of the 2014 Digital Challenge Open Data Award, DVLA are leading the way on delivering digital services; we have been at the forefront of supporting delivery of the Government IT Strategy for the last 4-5 years, more recently with in-sourced IT skills and capabilities.

Over the next two years we will continue to build new services, designing them from direct customer engagement, and getting off our legacy technology onto new, cloud-based platforms utilising emerging technologies.

All of this makes DVLA an exciting, challenging and opportunity-rich environment within which to work. We want you to help us shape and deliver our business, ICT and digital visions. To do this, we are currently shaping and delivering around 40-50 projects of varying size, risk and complexity to pave the way for future business and service transformation.

The Role

The Principal Security Architect will work on services of high complexity and risk, making decisions to enable the business to achieve its needs.

They will be accountable for:

  • working on projects with high strategic impact, setting a strategy that can be used in the long-term and across the breadth of the organisation
  • communicating with a broad range of senior stakeholders and are responsible for defining the vision, principles and strategy for security architects
  • recommending security design across several projects or technologies, up to an organisational or inter-organisational level
  • having a deep and evolving level of technical expertise, allowing them to act as exemplars and make and influence key business and architectural decisions
  • researching, identifying, validating and adopting new technologies and methodologies
  • being a recognised expert and demonstrating this expertise by solving unprecedented issues and problems
  • furthering the profession, demonstrating and sharing best practice within and outside the organisation

Recruitment Process

You are invited to submit a CV which demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the attached person specification to the following email address

An initial sift of your CV will be conducted against the essential criteria, if demonstrated you will be contacted to arrange telephone interview. The final stage of the process will be an interview and assessment.

The interview will consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you may respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

We expect the role will be open for applications for up to 4 weeks with candidates being assessed throughout this period.

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