Job vacancy: Security Engineer

Salary: up to £37,261
Holiday: 30 days + bank hols pa
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hybrid

up to £37,261 + generous pension

30 days +
bank holidays


Hybrid – Home and Birmingham

Job overview

As a member of a small and dedicated team responsible for safeguarding the Council’s Cybersecurity, your role entails working with senior colleagues to ensure that the Council’s network and data remain secure. You will be involved in various aspects of the team’s work, including writing security policies, managing technical matters such as vulnerability management and penetration testing, and creating presentations and reports for other IT departments and the wider council. Additionally, you may need to investigate potential risks to the council, or its users identified by the outsourced SOC and respond appropriately to protect the council and its data. 

Download the full job description and person specification in PDF format.

What we are about

The team has various obligations to ensure the security of the council’s IT systems. This includes conducting regular vulnerability scans, coordinating with other departments to address any issues promptly, and providing assistance to new and ongoing projects to implement robust security measures at the outset, which may require arranging penetration tests for new web applications. Additionally, you will oversee the council’s phishing testing and awareness program and report the outcomes to senior management. 

What you will do

  • Developing and maintaining the council’s cybersecurity policies. 
  • Acting as the primary point of contact for all security-related matters and providing information and assistance to other departments within the council whenever security issues arise. 
  • As part of your job responsibilities, you will be responsible for monitoring security tools and taking appropriate actions to resolve any issues that may arise. 
  • As part of your duties, you will be included in the out-of-hours call rota to handle any actions raised by the SOC 
  • As part of your responsibilities, you will review the policies and make necessary changes to adapt to the ever-changing security landscape. 

We will support you with

  • An environment that values curiosity, autonomy and working in the open  
  • An engaged and supportive leadership with a clear vision  
  • Training and development opportunities to help you progress and be the best you can be  
  • An inclusive workplace committed to reflecting the public we serve  
  • A benefit package designed to promote a great work life balance   
  • Exposure to all digital and technology teams and services areas across the council 

About Us

This is an exciting time to be joining Birmingham City Council’s Digital and Technology Services Department. We are Europe’s largest local authority, and with unprecedented investment in people and digital, a solid strategy, empowering leadership and a newly redesigned service to get behind, we are building digital services centred on the needs of our citizens, business and communities that will deliver on Birmingham’s bold ambitions for the city of today and tomorrow. 

We are a multidisciplinary team at the heart of transforming public services for the UK’s second largest city. We create, develop, deliver and operate an exceptionally diverse range of services that have a direct impact on improving the lives of 1.2m residents every day. 

We are embracing and promoting a truly digital, human centred approach for the whole organisation, underpinned by collaboration, openness and innovation. We take advantage of unparalleled access to data, doing things at scale and using technology creatively to re-imagine the way services are delivered and build the digital council of the future. 

You must upload a Supporting Statement and CV via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement and CV your application will not be considered.

For informal enquiries please contact John Owen (

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