Deputy Director, Cyber Security Incentives and Regulations


Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham



This role offers a highly-motivated individual the opportunity to lead a cyber security team team at DCMS. Part of a new directorate covering cyber security and digital identity, you would be one of the senior management team of 3 deputy directors. With a team of approximately 30 staff, and line management of 4 A(U) led teams, you will be responsible for a broad portfolio covering the domestic and international cyber regulation and incentives landscape and work to improve the security of the internet of things; as well as leading engagement with European and international partners to support the domestic agenda.

The National Cyber Security Strategy is in its fourth year and you will be responsible for both achieving the ambition of the current programme, as well as collaborating to develop the future strategy beyond 2021.

This is a demanding and rewarding role that offers excellent development opportunities. You can expect an exciting, fast-paced and varied workload. You will need exceptionally strong influencing abilities to lead an ambitious programme of innovative and world leading cyber initiatives and policy development. You will be expected to lead the team to work effectively and collaboratively across Whitehall, and with a broad range of industry and international stakeholders. The job requires excellent team leadership skills, flexibility and openness to change in a cutting edge agenda, excellent drafting skills, and the ability to present your work in public and experience of working across departments and with external stakeholders. You will also have a confident understanding of how both Government and markets operate.

You will have an appreciation of the wider policy context, perhaps having worked on tech or data policy, and bring some understanding of the relevant regulatory landscape, including the GDPR and the Network & Information Security Regulations.

Job description

Some of your responsibilities will include:

> Leading the cyber security team, which is currently 30 strong. You will provide effective line management and career development support for all of your managers and team members.

> Building, maintaining and delivering a complex work programme, using business planning and project planning to identify and mitigate risks, spend effectively and deliver agreed outcomes.

> Within this work programme, you will lead on a number of high profile and high impact policy areas including:

- the development of an appropriate cyber security regulatory regime for the UK building on the existing requirements within the General Data Protection Regulation; the Network and Information Systems Directive; and current company law; negotiating on international arrangements and standards including our future relationship with the EU and its agencies; and
- setting and ensuring adherence to standards for consumer devices and the developing internet of things, working with key domestic and international stakeholders to ensure global alignment in the mandating of measures to protect individuals’ security, safety and privacy.

To be successful in doing so you will:

> Build and maintain a network of policy colleagues across DCMS, working through directly managed, matrix-managed and detached colleagues to influence, steer and coordinate high-quality advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders.

> Work with subject matter experts across wider government to develop compelling proposals that meet Ministers’ objectives.

> Build and maintain strong working relationships with private offices, special advisers and other senior stakeholders (both inside and outside government), proactively engaging them throughout the planning and development of policy to meet their needs.

> Represent DCMS at meetings and events with Ministers and senior internal and external stakeholders.

> As a part of the senior leadership team for the Cyber Security and Digital Identity directorate, take responsibility for the joint leadership of the Directorate. This will include taking on team responsibilities as well as deputising for the Director when needed.


Essential Requirements:

Experience of influencing and establishing strong working relationships with policy professionals and key stakeholders to include demonstrable experience of engaging credibly and confidently with senior leaders, nationally and internationally to deliver results;

Ability to translate complex and broad material into clear written or oral communications;

Experience of managing and motivating a similar size and diverse team;

Ability to think creatively and to develop radical solutions to problems;

Experience of leading the various stages of policy development from the nascent phase through to implementation and delivery. Ability to produce accurate work to tight deadlines under pressure; and

Experience in a similar role or a demonstration of transferable skills.

Desirable skills

Experience of navigating primary or secondary legislation through Parliament is desirable; and

Demonstrable interest in technology.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Apply today!