Job Title:          Security Architect

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Location:          Bolton Office

Salary:              up to £60,000 dependent on experience

Contract:          Permanent


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults, we have the role for you!


About the Group

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest, National Fostering Group, Options, Pathway Care Residential and Sunflower Fostering.


About the Role

This is a really exciting time to join a growing IT team as we transform into a market leading IT function. This team has played a central role to assist with the growth of Outcomes First Group, solving IT challenges at our central offices, schools, residential homes and fostering agencies. As the Group aims to consolidate itself across these challenging sectors, our team will continuously improve to ensure we provide an excellent IT service.

We are looking for an experienced Security Architect to review our current system security measures and recommend then implement enhancements. You will then continuously monitor and improve the network security by conducting regular tests and ensure we maintain an appropriate level of Cyber Security accreditation. You will inspire and influence others to execute security principles across the whole Group and also manage the IT response to security breaches.

Working closely with our Digital Architect, Infrastructure Architect and IT Service Desk Manager you will provide specialist advice on important security related technologies and assess risk associated with proposed changes.


Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of system architectures and understand the impact of vulnerabilities on existing and future designs and systems. You will also be able to interpret and apply understanding of policy and process, business architecture and legal and political implications.

Communication will be key and you will have the ability to effectively translate and accurately communicate security and risk implications across technical and non-technical stakeholders, and able to respond to challenge. You will be able to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible.


Essential Criteria

  • Able to apply approach to real problems and consider all relevant information
  • Able to design and review system architectures through the application of patterns and principles.
  • Able to make risk-based decisions. Experience advising on risk impact and whether this is within risk tolerance.
  • Able to identify new technologies and design the use of these in the business context.
  • Excellent communication skills


Desired Criteria

Desired - BSc in Computer Science, Engineering or similar field


Why work for us

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Pension


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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