Corporate Security Manager - 28595

Staff Grade 7
Fixed Term
Full Time
Business Management & Improvement
£63,144 Pro rata
We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

Are you an inspirational and collaborative leader, keen to use your leadership skills to protect the organisation and our staff?

It’s vital in an ever-changing risk landscape, that we manage security risks well to protect our people, our customers and the organisation.

As Corporate Security Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing and mitigating security risks. And developing a healthy culture where everyone helps to protect the organisation from security threats, including physical security, personal security, fraud, cyber, data and information.

You will:
- lead our corporate security strategy
- provide leadership and direction on how we assess and manage security risks, working with risk owners across the organisation to ensure risks are understood, assessed, and adequately mitigated
- provide assurance to the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for security, EA Board, and Executive Directors
- oversee our retained security responsibilities and work in collaboration with Defra group Security to ensure we have security strategies, policies, and processes in place
- lead governance meetings to oversee decisions for security
- maintain networks with security professionals to stay up to date with the latest context
- be a role model for security, fostering a strong culture and promoting positive behaviours
You will be part of a welcoming team, as diverse as the work it manages, giving you the opportunity to gain a wide range of experience.

You will lead a small team of security advisors and access the advice of the professional security teams in Defra group Security. You will be part of the Corporate Management, Assurance and Security team, focused on protecting and enabling the organisation to be resilient and function effectively.
The external security landscape is the most complex it has ever been, and you will need the following skills and experience:

- understanding of wider influences for the security of the organisation, so we can adapt our strategic direction and continuously improve how we operate to meet changing demands

- strong leadership skills to achieve outcomes, promote collaboration, influence and inspire others, and resolve conflict

- building strong and effective partnerships with Defra colleagues, to jointly manage risks and agree priorities

- develop strong networks to deliver change and unblock issues quickly

- comfortable working with senior people and the ability to manage multiple priorities, and competing demands on yourself and your team

- experience of inspiring culture change, stakeholder management, leading communications and engagement, and implementing business change solutions is required

- innovative and flexible, and the ability to problem solve to meet strategic goals will be key
Everyone that joins us is required to undertake training and participate in incident response duties when the need to respond arises Having an incident role is an essential part of working for the Environment Agency and an active way to support communities and prevent harm to the environment. Further information on incident response can be found within your candidate pack.

Please provide examples for each of the competencies below.

For further details or an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Cook on 07710 903387 or email

There will be drop-in sessions to hear more about the role. Interviews are scheduled to take place from week commencing 18 March.

The post is initially for 18 months, while we assess longer term needs.

25/02/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 18 months
Leads People
Provides leadership that inspires and motivates others to achieve their personal goals and the goals of the Environment Agency.

• Inspires the team through personal commitment, enthusiasm and by demonstrating personal accountability for their performance.
• Builds a positive team spirit and identity by creating a shared vision, challenging negative attitudes, promoting co-operation and mutual support, encouraging excellence, celebrating success, and defending actions.
• Acts as a role model for the conduct and actions expected of the team and an advocate for the environment agency’s vision, values, culture, and policies.
• Finds out what motivates people to enable them to perform at their best.
• Engages and inspires the team with a meaningful translation of how their role enables the environment agency to achieve the local contribution, the corporate strategy and making it happen.
• Encourages the team to identify measures that will improve performance and encourages a continuous improvement mind-set.
• Motivates and enthuses a diverse range of people by adopting a flexible leadership style, adopting the most appropriate style for the situation and the people involved.

In this role you will be leading security for the organisation. To demonstrate your broad leadership, please tell us how you would ensure that everyone in the organisation is aware of their security responsibilities and taking all action necessary to protect our organisational resilience?
Delivers Results Through Others
Harnesses the team to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.

• Translates key performance indicators and the local contribution into a team work plan and individual objectives. Communicates this effectively to team and colleagues.
• Assigns workload and resources to achieve plans in line with both business priorities and an accurate profile of the team’s capabilities.
• Secures resources and orchestrates the activities of others to delivers results.
• Successfully obtains others’ commitment to undertake work by gaining their acceptance and involvement.
• Monitors progress against key performance indicators, providing timely support to address shortfalls.
• Ensures the team gets the required data right first time, identifying causes of poor data and fixing or escalated appropriately.
• Improves what is delivered by welcoming challenge and through constant process improvement.
• Is flexible and manages conflicting demands in light of changing circumstances.
• Achieves tangible results by delegating (with support) suitable responsibilities and by encouraging the team to take personal responsibility for their actions.
• Uses a risk-based approach when prioritising activities and allocating resources.
• Develops and manages budget (relevant to level of responsibility required by role), ensuring all environment agency processes and procedures are correctly followed.

In this role, you and your team will work in partnership with others internally and externally. Please demonstrate this capability by telling us how you ensure that you harness the skills and experience of others to deliver outcomes. What actions do you take to ensure success and pre-empt possible challenges that could impact on delivery?
Builds and Sustains Relationships
Respects different views, cultures, values, opinions, and the contributions that all colleagues make.

• Makes an active effort to fit in and respect company norms (the “way we do things” in the agency)
• Balances team and personal interests for a win-win outcome.
• Displays tact and diplomacy and builds rapport quickly, establishing needs and adapting own approach.
• Communicates honestly, openly, and effectively with colleagues and external partners alike.
• Openly identifies and challenges inappropriate behaviour or performance constructively and speaks out even when the message is unpopular.
• Handles people situations effectively; defuses anger, tension, focuses on issues and successfully addresses problems.

Key to your success in this role will be your ability to work well with others. Please show your capability by telling us how you build effective relationships, that lead to successful delivery of joint outcomes?
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.