NCSC Deputy Director - Cyber Policy, Parliamentary & International Ref.1857

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Operational and Surveillance
Cheltenham, London
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK government’s lead authority on cyber security. Its headquarters are in London, but its roots are in GCHQ’s world-class expertise. NCSC is at the heart of the Government’s new cyber security strategy and has the aim of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
The NCSC has quickly become a leading national voice on one of the most important issues of our time. It is simplifying the current cyber security landscape and seeks to:

• Reduce the cyber security risk to the UK
• Respond effectively to cyber incidents
• Understand the UK’s cyber security environment, sharing knowledge, addressing systemic vulnerabilities
• Nurture the UK’s cyber security capability, providing leadership on key national cyber security issues

An opportunity has arisen to join the senior leadership team of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as Deputy Director for Cyber Policy, Parliamentary Business and International Engagement.

Leading a team of approximately 20 staff across two sites (London and Cheltenham) this role reports to the Director of NCSC Policy and Communications, with a broad remit that requires effective working across NCSC, GCHQ, UKIC, HMG and internationally.

Key responsibilities for this post include:

- Leading the Deputy Directorate, including direct line management of 2 x GC6 team leads (Cyber Policy and International Engagement).

- Leading the GCHQ Cyber Policy team, working closely with wider NCSC, GCHQ, UKIC, DCMS, FCO and international interlocutors on areas such as offensive cyber, foreign and direct investment, regulation and incentives (across organisations and for the citizen), telecommunications, standards and future technology;

- Joint leadership (alongside DD GCHQ Strategic Policy) of the GCHQ-wide policy impact initiative to transform our support for national-level policymaking on the key – current and future – issues where technology, operational experience and national security come together;

- Oversight of the NCSC’s international engagement, working creatively – and in close partnership with GCHQ IREL – to strengthen existing relationships, identify opportunities for new liaisons, and build and deepen those relationships outside traditional links with national security organisations in countries like France, Poland, Sweden, Germany, the US and Israel; and

- Maintaining a strong relationship with Parliament, ensuring the strength of the NCSC’s brand is upheld, developing further the understanding and transparency of GCHQ’s cyber security work, and providing joint leadership to the GCHQ/NCSC Parliamentary team.

Who are we looking for?  

As well as being able to demonstrate core civil service skills at Deputy Director level, the successful candidate will:

- have a good understanding of Whitehall policy making, especially in a National Security context;

- have some knowledge of cyber security;

- have some experience of working with international partners;

- be confident working at all levels of the organisation, across Whitehall (including with senior Ministers) and externally.

Developed Vetting (DV) is a requirement of this post and if you do not already hold this level of clearance, we will require you to pass this before you take up the post.

The successful postholder could be based in Cheltenham or London but would be expected to travel regularly between the two sites and would need to spend a minimum of 2 days a week in London. Travel costs will be covered, but no relocation budget is available for this post.

We are seeking applicants from the widest possible talent pool.  Applications from staff working full-time, compressed hours or job-share are encouraged.  We will take a flexible and positive attitude to how you’d get the job done. Please come and talk to us about how we can shape the role to work for the business and for you.


The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to deliver against the following competencies:

• Seeing the big picture
• Leadership
• Communicating and Influencing
• Delivering at pace
• Managing a quality service

Benefits Offered

• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• Working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• A civil service pension

Selection Process

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… why not just give it a go!

To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality and residency requirements. You’ll find more details here: Recruitment Process.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

You will need to submit a short covering letter setting out what you would bring to the job, as detailed in the role description and person specification.

You will need to submit a CV as part of your application, giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts.

Applications will be sifted and any candidate passing the sift will be invited to a panel interview.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.