Senior Cyber Security Officer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area : Professional/Support
Full Time Salary: £43,790 to £51,517 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 09/04/2023
Ref No: 11010

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Senior Cyber Security Officer to manage the delivery of Cyber Security, and deliver suitable technical systems, services, policies, and guidance that will maintain the appropriate level of confidentiality, integrity and availability for Diamond’s data and information assets, and protect the company’s delivery of world-class science.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support in the implementation of a new Diamond Cyber Security Programme, which is designed to combat increasing cyber risks and to address recommendations reported in a recent Security Assessment.
  • Managing and coordinating the design and delivery of Cyber Security training and documentation.
  • Planning for Diamond to meet Government Functional Security standards and/or Cyber Essentials, embedding the legislation within policies and procedures, in order to provide assurance to stakeholders that Diamond is secure.
  • To be a member of the Information Technology Governance Committee, advising on policy / good practice, and implementation of new processes relating to Cyber Security.
  • Maintaining awareness of best practice on Cyber Security issues and to providing advice on the security controls required to meet information governance policies.

About You

You should hold a relevant Degree or demonstrate significant equivalent combination experience.

You will demonstrate experience working in Cyber Security roles and in heterogeneous environments.

You should have good knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Information Security Management practices and frameworks, including ISO 27001:2013.
  • Security aspects of the principles behind the design and operation of networks, including TCP/IP, routers, switches, and firewall platforms.
  • Technical security issues and processes, including anti-virus, worms, spyware, intrusion detection, penetration testing, server hardening.
  • Common platforms and technologies such as Linux, Windows, Active Directory
  • Remote access solutions, ideally including SSL based VPNs.
  • Disaster recovery planning process and implementation

You should also demonstrate the ability to manage and provide security awareness training, along with a hands-on style and the able to own and drive issues to resolution.

You will have highly effective interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical issues to users and management in a business-oriented non-technical manner.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays and 2 annual volunteering days, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

 The initial closing date for applications is 9th April 2023, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.

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