Lead Security Engineer

Luton, Bedford

Leonardo is seeking to recruit an experienced security engineer with expertise in developing and maintaining product security management systems for defence and government customers.

This position will report to the Head of Product Security and will take responsibility for all security aspects of product design, development, verification and maintenance through all phases of the product lifecycle.  The role will focus on undertaking security risk assessments for products, preparing security risk mitigation plans, deriving security requirements and working with product development teams to design, implement and maintain appropriate security controls.

The security engineer will work with customer security accreditors and SMEs as well as project engineering teams to ensure product compliance with customer and company security policies and any residual security risks are adequately defined and managed.

The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, direct and control the SOC functions and operations. Ensure the monitoring and analysis of incidents to protect People, Technology and Process addressing all security incidents and ensuring timely escalation.

Key Responsibility Areas

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Product Security (ISP) and be responsible for providing security advice to product development teams in a range areas including:

  • Production of Security Managements Plans, work package descriptions and cost estimates in support of product bids, services and proposals.
  • Undertaking security risk assessments, risk mitigation plans, mitigation gap analysis and preparation of security management documentation for system Accreditation.
  • Defining product security requirements, advising development teams on suitable implementation standards and techniques and overseeing product development activities.
  • Liaison with Security Accreditors and Security Assurance Coordinators in support of security accreditation.
  • Preparation of Protection Profiles, Security Targets and Evaluation Management Plans, and liaison with NCSC and commercial evaluation teams in support of evaluation activities.
  • Preparation of TEMPEST Control Plans, advising development teams on appropriate implementation techniques and liaising with TEMPEST test facilities.
  • Advising development teams on suitable platform lockdown and configurations, and supporting Penetration test activities. Analysing penetration test results and preparation of remedial action plans.
  • Prepare and implement through life support and maintenance for product security including vulnerability and patch management plans
  • Lead security incident management teams during incident/crisis situations in conjunction with Head of Product Security
  • Review and maintain corporate product security policies.
  • Deliver product security training to project engineering teams.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • Experience in the development of security solutions for a military &/or commercial products and systems.
  • Graduate degree in relevant engineering, computing or related scientific discipline, and/or evidence of further professional study.
  • Registered NCSC certified professional at senior level or above, or NCSC recognised qualification, e.g. ISC2Certified Information System Security Professional.
  • Knowledge of UK/NATO Information Assurance standards, procedures & systems, including Government Functional Standard GovS 007: Security, HMG IS1&2, ISO27000 series standards, NIST SP800 series standards, JSP440, JSP604, guidance material provided by NCSC, CPNI and NIST.
  • Practical experience of producing Security Accreditation documentation
  • Practical experience of NCSC and Common Criteria security evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of current crypto technologies and key management systems
  • Model Base System Engineering (MBSE) knowledge
  • Understanding operating systems, firmware and software security controls and how to apply them.
  • Understanding of existing, current and emerging technologies including cloud, virtualisation and web
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Good team worker with ability to influence and motivate.
  • Positive attitude and drive to improve the business.
  • Ability to obtain SC clearance with UK-eyes only caveat.
  • Enterprise Security Architectures (SABSA, MODAF).


Additional Information:

This is a desk-based role using display screen equipment; working full time hours which can often be in a demanding environment, with occasional travel throughout the UK and abroad.  The role allows for working from home but there will be times you will be expected to attend site, for face to face meetings and when working with sensitive material.

You must be eligible for full security clearance