HMRC seeks cyber security operations chief

New post holder will be part of the cyber security officer’s senior leadership team


By Sooraj Shah

04 Sep 2019

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HM Revenue and Customs is seeking a head of cyber security operations in a role which will pay at least £68,000 per year.

The selected candidate would be a senior member of the chief digital and information officer group, which is headed up by CDIO Jacky Wright . They would be working under the chief security officer Clarence Odogwu, who joined the organisation last August after a stint as chief information security officer at Home Retail Group. 

The head of cyber security operations would form part of the CSO’s senior leadership team, and would be responsible for establishing and maturing HMRC’s cyber security operations programme to ensure that cyber security risk to HMRC’s systems, assets, data and capabilities are understood across the organisation and adequately managed. 


Responsibilities for the post holder include establishing and maintain safeguards to ensure data, applications , systems and infrastructure are protected in the ecosystem in which HMRC operates, and leading the development and implementation of tools that can spot patterns and uncover suspicious activities. 

The selected candidate will have to report on cyber security status to the CSO and executive committee, and engage with stakeholders across the CDIO group, HMRC at large and cross-government to drive the operational cyber security agenda. 

HMRC are looking for candidates with extensive experience in developing and leading operational cyber security teams in a large, complex IT environment and customer base. He or she must have experience in what HMRC calls “innovation thought leadership in cyber security” which includes automation, orchestration and mitigation of threats. 

The permanent, full-time position has a salary of £68,000, although HMRC has added “up to £115,000 per annum” in the job advert, for those with more experience. The post will be based in Shipley, Telford. 

Applications close on 22 September, and decision on which candidates are shortlisted will be made on 30 September, and thereafter some candidates may be asked to take part in a series of assessments which could include psychometric tests and a staff engagement exercise between 7th – 18th October 2019. An in-depth interview will then take place on the week commencing 21st October 2019, with an additional exercise and presentation.

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