Head of Information Security (12379)

Head of Information Security

Salary:  £70,000 per annum

Location: Remote, Home-based

Contract/Hours: Permanent / Full Time – 35 hours per week


  • 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

As the Head of Information Security at Action for Children, you will champion our cyber defences and ensure the safety of our digital landscape.

In this pivotal role, you will be the architect of our Information Security Strategy, steering the organisation through the complexities of cyber threats with expertise and foresight. By leading a team of experts, you will set up clear security rules and strong day-to-day processes that are both affordable and show real improvements in our services. Your leadership will not only safeguard our systems but will also inspire a culture of security awareness and compliance that permeates every level of our charity.

You will also enable effective decision making on information security matters and increase cyber resilience and awareness across the organisation to establish clear security controls and robust operational procedures that provide value for money whilst minimising risk to staff and service users.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Head of Information Security role;

  • Guide and uphold our Information Security Strategy and framework to meet our goals, regulatory needs, and standards like ISO 27001, PCI DSS and Cyber Essentials Plus.
  • Take responsibility for identifying and defending against threats, managing risks, and using the latest technology for ongoing departmental improvements.
  • Collaborate with internal IT teams to integrate security into hardware and software management, and promote IT security awareness among senior management.
  • Oversee penetration testing, vulnerability scans, incident responses, data loss prevention, phishing tests, and system audits.
  • Conduct security evaluations of third-party vendors and service providers, advising on and planning application security initiatives.

Let's talk about you

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent work experience in a relevant discipline.
  • IT Security accreditation (CISSP or CISSM).
  • Experience of working at all levels of organisations including at c-suite and board level.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and influence and work with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Significant IT experience, including cyber security experience and adviser to all levels of an organisation.
  • Experience of visualising, planning and executing process improvement to increase the efficiency and delivery of security capabilities. 

Good to know

Closing date for applications; 25th July and interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place week commencing 5th August

Contact: If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Laura McCarthy at Laura.McCarthy2@actionforchildren.org.uk. We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

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United Kingdom, Remote
  • Salary:
    £70,000 per annum
  • Directorate:
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    25 July 2024
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