Senior Information Security Consultant

  • Full-time
  • Contract Type: Permanent contract

Company Description

Gemserv is an expert provider of professional services. We are purpose-driven, working across multiple sectors including energy, low carbon, the public sector and health to tackle today’s social and environmental challenges. Established in 2002, the business provides a range of consultancy and outsourcing capabilities including programme management, market design and governance.  We also have extensive and award winning capabilities across cyber security, data privacy and digital transformation. We are a B Corp, IIP Gold accredited and a Financial Times Leading Management Consultancy for 2021 and 2022. Our purpose is to make things that matter work better for everyone.      

The nature of what we do means we are very much a people business. The contribution every member of the team makes to our diverse range of experience, skills and personalities is valued. We invest heavily in learning and development to enable our people to develop skills and gain experience which will enhance career prospects for life. Many who started their careers with us have rapidly progressed to more senior positions.

At Gemserv no two days are the same, but we believe in a flexible approach to working which we know our employees value. We also offer an attractive package of benefits in addition to highly competitive salaries including bonus scheme, pension and healthcare, season ticket loans, discounted gym membership, Cycle to Work scheme and more.

Job Description

The Role

The role will be dedicated (initially) to supporting the delivery of information security services to our contract to deliver the Smart Energy Code (SEC). Therefore, an understanding of the Energy Sector or Smart Metering would be a distinct advantage. The delivery of this multi-party code requires excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, so you would need to be a clear, concise, and authoritative communicator able to deliver to a broad range of audiences. The successful candidate will be screened against BS7858:2019 which is a key requirement. The candidate if successful will be part of the wider Cyber Security Practice and will be expected to support the delivery of information security services to our clients.

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who are looking for both permanent and fixed-term contract employment.


  • Providing expert advice to Users undertaking User Security Assessments (USAs);
  • Monitoring the progress of Users who have booked USAs;
  • ensuring an accurate tracking mechanism to record:
  • Maintaining and reviewing USA-related documentation including the Security Controls Framework, AgreedInterpretations and Decision-Making Principles;
  • Undertaking validation of User management responses and Director's Letters;
  • Liaising with Users to enable an improved User management response to be provided in advance of the User CIOvalidation or Security Sub-Committee (SSC) review of Director's Letters where appropriate;
  • Briefing the Principal Security Expert on any sensitivities or emerging issues from liaison with Users and/or SharedResources and providing relevant background and issues to be considered by the SSC.
  • Monitoring all security incidents and vulnerabilities reported by Smart Energy Code (SEC) Parties or the DCC and providing an expert assessment of the materiality of the security incident or vulnerability;
  • Advising the Principal Security Expert on whether a security incident or vulnerability is material and warrants the mobilization of SMIRT;
  • Promptly taking whatever action is directed to undertake analysis of the security incident or vulnerability as required;
  • Conducting 'lessons learned' analysis after the resolution of a security incident or vulnerability.
  • Undertaking the review of ISO standards, cryptographic standards, and best practices as enshrined in the SEC
  • Maintain the SEC Security artifacts and, with the approval of the Chair, arrange for regular reviews to ensure that the artifacts are up to date.
  • Conduct ad hoc risk assessments of specific risks that may arise from time to time;
  • Reviewing user assessment reports and management responses;
  • Monitor the threat landscape and advise the SSC of any material changes arising from threats or business impact levels;
  • Contribute to procurement exercise for the annual SSC risk assessment where requested by the SSC;
  • Provide expert assistance to any external risk assessment commissioned by the SSC.
  • Conduct analysis produce papers and presentations; provide advice and make recommendations.



To be successful in the role the post-holder should be able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • An understanding and practical working knowledge of the Smart Energy Code (SEC) Section G
  • Technical knowledge of information security compliance (ISO27001) information management, Smart Metering, and IT security arrangements.
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments and treatments using a hybrid IS1/IS2 and ISO 27005 requirements
  • Have practical experience in undertaking ISO 27001 internal and external (field) audits
  • Have practical knowledge of the threat landscape in Smart Metering
  • Knowledge of Smart Metering and the energy market would be advantageous
  • Preferably, an understanding and working of ISO standards including ISO 27001, ISO 27005, ISO 27035 andISO22301
  • ISO 27001 Lead Auditor / Implementer qualification is essential
  • Ideally, have an industry qualification such as CISA or CISM

Skills & Qualities

  • Excellent client consulting skills and ability to engage and build relationships with stakeholders at all levels (including C-suite level)
  • Able to conceptualise opportunities and develop these through business development activities.
  • Ability to explain complex ideas concisely.
  • Ability to work independently with little to no supervision.
  • Ability to provide expertise and support in operational risk, governance, business continuity, data protection, data leakage, and privacy.
  • Passion to develop own skills and knowledge in information security and data protection compliance.
  • Proactive, 'hands-on' starter finisher and results-driven individual.
  • Highly organised and able to manage and prioritise workload.
  • Strong problem solver with high attention to detail.

The role may require occasional business travel.

Competitive salary plus bonus and excellent benefits package

Upon employment, employees should also have a sound awareness of the Company's Information, Quality, Environmental and Energy Management Systems.

Additional Information

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
Profit related Bonus (discretionary)
Reward and recognition schemes
Flexible working
Private Bupa healthcare
Life Assurance (up to 4 times annual salary)
Matched pension contributions
Season Ticket Loan
Cycle to work scheme
Buy and Sell annual leave
Reimbursement of eye test and up to £50 towards glasses or contacts
Corporate gym rates
Employee Assistance Programme
Summer and Christmas parties, along with monthly Gembar

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