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Security Consultant – Digital Defence Services (hybrid working)

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
UK, Europe & Africa (Hybrid working)
Posting live until
7 Jun 2024

Job Details

Location(s): UK, Europe & Africa

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Security Consultant – hybrid, mainly remote working, but with regular travel to Bristol and other sites

About the role

We are looking to recruit a Principal Security Consultant to join our growing, vibrant community of security professionals based on client sites across the UK, including London, Leeds, and Bristol. Working predominantly in the UK Defence Sector, with further opportunities across transport, energy, telecommunications, health, legal, and central Government sections, you will be at the core of our customers’ mission to defend themselves from cyber-attacks by helping them to clearly understand their exposure and put in place pragmatic and cost effective controls.

Our role will present a variety of exciting challenges and environments to work in. We pride ourselves in our people being smart and adaptable. We make a difference by understanding our customers’ business, embracing challenges, building trust and providing cyber security expertise across the spectrum of strategic advisory through to secure solution design.  

You will either work individually or leading a small team, under light touch direction from your clients and your line management. You will have responsibility for satisfying the objectives for an assignment. 

Positioned within a thriving Digital Defence Services Business Unit and part of a wider vibrant Security Consulting Community from across other Sectors, you will be supported in the role and have opportunity learn and develop, with clear pathways defined for your career progression in the organisation. At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we believe that digital technology is the key to unlocking our customers’ advantage. By advancing digital technologies, we open doors to worlds of opportunities, together. 

Within the Digital Defence Services, we are a critical partner to the UK Ministry of Defence in their adoption of secure digital solutions that enable multi-domain integration and data exploitation, which provides the advantage to those who serve and protect us.  

Due to the nature of our work successful candidates for this role will need to have SC clearance prior to starting with us and be eligible for DV clearance

Key responsibilities

Working with clients remotely and onsite, you will support and grow to lead engagements that deliver cyber risk assessments, improve security control maturity, define secure solutions and ensure compliance. Predominantly these engagements will be in the UK Defence Sector across all domains, with further opportunities across transport, energy, telecommunications, health, legal, and central Government sections.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Delivery of critical singleton roles or leading small to medium cyber security work-streams or engagements (e.g. teams of 2-15 people);
  • Understanding business and information risk context of our customers and judging risk at a technical and business process level;
  • Reviewing effectiveness of security controls and proposing proportionate security improvements and mitigations;
  • Analysing and researching security technologies to support the development of innovative solutions;
  • Reporting contractual risks, issue and opportunities to Delivery Management;
  • Working and collaborating with account teams to identify new opportunities for work and support the production of quality proposals. 

Skills and experience required

  • A passion for, and understanding of, cyber security trends and threats, underpinned by a solid understanding of networking (TCP/IP) and DNS;
  • Knowledge and practical experience of applying NIST Cyber Security and Risk Management publications;
  • Effective business acumen and an understanding of the cyber security challenges faced by organisations;
  • Can evaluate cyber security risk at the technical, system process and/or organisational level measuring the associated business impact using a structured approach or methodology;
  • Can document and articulate how to manage cyber security risk utilising a structured approach based on industry frameworks, pitching technical detail into key business stakeholders;
  • Experience in a consulting environment;
  • Working effectively in large teams and leading small teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as both written and verbal communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to prioritise workload, work well under pressure and concurrently manage both customer and BAE Systems expectations;
  • Either currently holding, or previously held, Government Security Clearance.

The following are desirable but not essential:

  • Familiarity and experience with HMG Ministry of Defence Secure-by-Design processes, and their application within shared responsibilities risk management regimes;
  • Familiarity and experience with US Government and NATO cyber security processes;
  • Cyber security policy development and/or technical security standards, patterns and guidance artefact generation to support the securing Enterprise IT and/or Operational technology (OT) platforms and systems;
  • Knowledge and practical experience of applying security standards and guidance (e.g. OWASP, ISA/IEC 62443, ISO/IEC 27001);
  • Knowledge and practical experience of securing cloud hosted solutions, preferably Azure or AWS, DevSecOps Engineering Platforms, and micro-service containerised solutions;
  • Experience of shaping and delivering security transformation projects.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to more than 4500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Why work for usBAE Systems Digital Intelligence plays a significant role in keeping our country safe and it’s something we’re extremely proud of. We’re a team who enjoy making “things” and understanding how technology works. We are a diverse group of experts who are working at the forefront of technology, exploring how we can solve some unique challenges in support of our customers and their critically important national security work.

Training and development
We offer a blend of professional and technical training and learning on the job, while being supported by the very best in the industry to make sure you hit the ground running. We empower you to take responsibility, with the ability to work on cutting-edge, industry-leading technology projects where you make a real difference. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career. Whilst your career is your own, you will be encouraged and supported to attain industry recognized qualifications.

Graduate schemes
We run three graduate programmes; engineering, project management, and consulting.

  • Our engineering programmes require a 2.2 degree (some require 2.1) in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject
  • The project management and consulting programmes require a 2.2 degree from any discipline.

The graduate programmes are designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed. Initially, you will be part of our Future Talent Community and be assigned a career manager, who will support and guide you throughout your career with us. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for people who are hungry for a technical challenge, want a noble and rewarding mission, enjoy making things or understanding how technology works, who want to develop their skills and enjoy solving complex problems. In particular, we’re looking for:

  • Graduates typically in the fields of cyber/tech/computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, physics, mathematics (we do offer consultancy graduate programmes, which are open to any discipline).
  • Software developers/engineers, electronic engineers, DSP engineers, FPGA developers, front-end developers, consultants.

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Several locations around the world

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Software engineers/developers, electronic and electrical engineers, roles in digital signal processing FPGA, computer vision scientist. We are looking to significantly expand our wireless and cross domain capabilities. Roles recently fulfilled are our wireless product engineer (physics, maths, compsci and EEE) and engineering and physics graduate roles

Desired degree disciplines/class
The majority of our graduate programmes will accept a 2.2 degree in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject. Some roles require 2.1 in physics, mathematics, computer science, electronic and electrical engineers or 2+ years industry experience as one of digital signal processing FPGA developer, software developer, front-end developer or electronic engineer

Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
+44 (0) 3301585268
Waterside House
170 Priestley Road
Surrey Research Park

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