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University of Edinburgh Information Services Group

£32,004 - £38,183 (plus package)
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Job Description:

Do you have the knowledge and skills to prevent an information security breach? The University of Edinburgh Information Services Group is currently seeking a full-time Information Security Consultant to help identify and implement appropriate controls under our recently appointed Chief Information Security Officer.

As information security risk management becomes a greater factor in how our university regulates a broad range of information that we need to use, access, or create on a daily basis, the successful candidate will act as an advocate for best practice in this critical area of control.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Chief Information Security Officer in helping to develop, shape, and progress plans to enhance the overall security risk profile of the university. Working across all areas of the university, you will provide specialist information security advice, guidance, and user awareness training services.

This post is offered on a full-time (35 hours per week), open-ended basis.


Main Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with CISO and other members of the Information Security team, pro-actively contribute to the evaluation, development and implementation of a relevant information security risk governance framework. (Approx 10% of time)
  • Working with relevant stakeholders, both internally and externally, provide technical and specialist consultancy to support the delivery of a wide range of highly complex information security solutions including secure applications, infrastructure security and operational security controls and processes. (Approx 20% of time)
  • Conduct information security risk assessments on a University-wide basis and participate in the development of risk mitigation programmes to achieve desired risk appetite levels. (Approx 10% of time)
  • Support development of training and awareness materials such as bespoke information security training sessions and regular communications to promote best practice across the University. (Approx 20% of time)
  • Pro-actively support the delivery of information security improvement projects and annual plans, identifying areas for continuous improvement. (Approx 20% of time)
  • Monitor the regulatory and industry landscape to ensure that key requirements and applicable threats are understood, assessed and, if required, addressed. (Approx 10% of time)
  • Develop best practice in relation to information security risk management and control, influencing colleagues at all levels across the business to help them understand and meet their obligations. (Approx 10% of time)


Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:



The post holder must be SC cleared, or agree to become SC cleared as a condition of employment.


  • Recognised information security qualification (CISSP, CSIM, CRISC etc)
  • Certified ethical hacker.
  • ISO 27001 Lead Implementer.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification.



  • Extensive experience of managing stakeholders across a multi-site, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Proven experience with technical information security solutions to include infrastructure security, information security operations, application security, PCIDSS, physical security, security threat intelligence/analytics, encryption.


  • Proven track record of operating as a member of an Information Security Service and helping to develop, maintain, implement and enforce Information Security Policy across an institution including an awareness of risk and the threats to information, computers and networks.
  • Development and delivery of information security awareness campaign.
  • Implementation of formal accreditation to recognised information security standard.
  • Proven experience of working with a recognized ISMS framework (ISO 27001, ISF SOGP, NIST etc).

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


  • Broad knowledge of information security solutions, both technical and procedural.
  • Exceptional communication skills – ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders who have varying degrees of technical understanding, have time restrictions and are focused on their own operational delivery. Must therefore be able to translate complex / technical issues to meet the stakeholder expectations.

Personal Attributes


  • Well organied and able to prioritize workload in line with tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Highly numerate, with excellent analytical and problem solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work closely with others to deliver results.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Flexible approach to changing priorities.
  • Ability to operate with in a secure environment against strict information security policies


  • Enthusiastic about the information security profession and driven to continue learning and developing new skills.


Company Decription:

The University of Edinburgh Information Services Group is one of Scotland's largest IT employers, specializing in a wide variety of IT solutions. We provide first-rate library and IT services to the University of Edinburgh, a world leader in teaching, research and innovation.

We are committed to outstanding service delivery and continuous improvement, and believe in effective team building and communication. Often lauded for our forward looking approach, we pride ourselves on setting and maintaining high standards in line with the University’s international reputation across all areas of IT service.

We offer a range of student internships, graduate jobs, and directorships, with plenty of opportunities for international collaboration. Members of our extensive team enjoy excellent benefits such as:

  • An average of 35 days of annual leave
  • Staff discounts
  • Use of the university's topnotch sports facilities
  • An excellent pension
  • Various other family-friendly schemes

To learn more about the types of library and IT services we offer, please visit our website at For up to date information on the latest IT news out of Scotland, don't forget to check out the IS news feed at