Birmingham City Council

Head of Cyber Security

10 Woodcock Street
£57,698 - £74,887
09 Dec 2021
16 Jan 2022
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Birmingham City Council is transforming. As the biggest local authority in Europe, our 12,000 staff look after over 1.1m citizens and more than 40,000 businesses - striving to offer the best services we can to improve peoples' lives. We aspire to be the most rapidly improving city and to make Birmingham:

  • an entrepreneurial city to learn, work and invest in
  • an aspirational city to grow up in
  • a fulfilling city to age well in
  • a great city to live in.

The Information, Technology and Digital service will be at the heart of achieving these goals.


The Role

As Head of Cyber Security, the successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of security specialists to deliver BAU security operations with a view to enhancing the security posture of the organisation and protecting it from security risks. The Head of Cyber will also be expected to support the Cyber programme strategy, a 3-year strategy which is geared to reduce the risk to the council.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide the vision and leadership necessary to manage the risk to the authority and its citizens, to ensure business alignment and effective governance.

To provide cyber security principles/expertise and demonstrable ability to work with cyber security experts to improve the security of digital products or services.


  • To improve the council’s current security around end-user computing, servers, network and processes.
  • To develop and implement effective security standards to prevent unacceptable loss of sensitive data or assets and foster the overall group coordination and alignment to the cyber            strategy and controls.
  • Work across the business units to ensure compliance by adopting a consistent approach and using the appropriate tools/solutions for operational efficiency
  • To ensure existing and new Cyber Security tools are leveraged, managed and optimised to protect BCC and its customers.
  • To ensure that the council have tested and proven capabilities to monitor and recover from security-based threats. That we have robust recovery plans.
  • To ensure that the council has security policies that are aligned to industry best practice to fit BCC and are kept up to date, accessible, communicated and embedded in BCC.
  • To ensure that the council has a strategic and successful approach for security user education and an awareness of security at all levels at BCC including the council’s customers and   partners.
  • To Implement and maintain a robust security function across all people, processes and technology areas, including appropriate quality management standard.
  • Represent Security function and updates to board and C-suite executives.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of threat and vulnerability management, identify risk tolerances, recommend treatment plans and communicate information about residual risks.
  • To provide expert guidance on security matters for Security projects and programmes as well as other IT projects.
  • To ensure audit trails, system logs and other monitoring data sources are reviewed periodically and follow policies and audit requirements.



  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Information Systems security or related technical discipline or relevant experience.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)


  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate people at all levels to deliver programmes through to a successful conclusion – delivery focused
  • Excellent communicator able to reduce complex ideas to simple terms and express these both to non-technical and highly technical audiences.
  • Ability to drive consensus, influence and persuade others to take a specific course of action.
  • Ability to quickly develop strong working relationships across the organisation and at all levels.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly, concisely and cogently via all channels.
  • Good verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to deliver independent presentations and workshops to all levels of management and board
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a pressurised environment with conflicting priorities, ensuring that deadlines are met ensure high quality service.
  • Experience of planning, prioritising and organising the work of yourself and others, delivering to tight deadlines whilst ensuring the effective use of resources.

Birmingham City Council is committed to equal opportunities in employment and we positively welcome your application irrespective of your gender, race, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, marital status, responsibility for dependants, religion, trade union activity and age.

“Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information”

For informal enquiries please contact David Moorecroft on

Ref: BCC002641

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.”


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