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Security and Compliance Architect

England Rugby

The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England. Its purpose is to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England.

22 Sep 2022
Full Time
Closing date
7 Oct 2022

Nature and scope:

The RFU is at the start of a strategic programme of work to transform the digital experience of volunteers, players, fans and attendees. A major part of the programme is to identify and deliver the appropriate technology platforms required to deliver the transformation.

The Security and Compliance Architect will support the design, development, procurement, and assurance of the Digital and Data solutions created by the RFU. The role will provide expertise and be the subject matter expert on the required security and controls and processes required both through project lifecycles, and in Business as Usual.


  • Analyse existing and proposed technical architectures for security risk
  • Advise on appropriate security controls to mitigate security architecture risks
  • Provide expert technical advice to support the design and development of secure architectures
  • Apply secure architecture principles and practices to assure technical architectures
  • Develop security architecture frameworks/processes at programme level
  • Develop audit and compliance processes to assure technical security controls
  • Advise on technical management of secure environments
  • Actively collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the development and delivery of the current strategic, business, and operational plans
  • Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU, including the promotion of the RFU core values and BACK culture.
  • Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the organisation

Candidate overview

The skills and attributes outlined in this description are not exhaustive and we welcome candidates who can bring different relevant experiences to the role

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • Strong and demonstrable knowledge of Cyber Security technologies
  • Some experience and knowledge in designing or deploying Cyber Security solutions across either private, hybrid, or public cloud environments
  • Understanding of key trends relating to securing SAAS applications
  • Experience or interested in gaining experience in Secure DevOps
  • Experience doing threat-modelling of complex systems
  • Experience creating technical documentation, product documentation, technology, software and systems architecture
  • Working experience with the following concepts: SSL Crypto Solutions, Data Protection and Security, Software Development Methodologies (e.g. Agile), API Gateways, Data Analytics
  • Experience with open-source security technologies
  • Solid understanding of and ability to speak to security principles in areas such as application security, virtualization, cloud technologies, access control.
  • Knowledge of SIEM solutions as well as Vulnerability Management and the role they play in security architecture
  • Relevant industry certification in the security domain
  • Comprehensive understanding of GDPR, specifically UK GDPR
  • Committed to actively contributing and building an inclusive BACK culture in your role

Additional Information:

  • All role holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality. Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
  • The role description, person specification, job level and job title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and under business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate
  • If you are a trans candidate applying for a job that requires a DBS check, please reach out to [email protected] or directly to our safeguarding team ([email protected]) to use the confidential sensitive application route. This will provide applicants with the choice not to have any gender or name information disclosed on their DBS certificate.

What we can offer you

We are proud of the range of benefits we can provide:

  • Retail discounts include 30% off Adidas, 20% off Optimum Nutrition, 25% off 02 and many more.
  • Priority access to purchase match tickets
  • 25% discount in Rugby Store and
  • 25 days of annual leave and your birthday day off
  • Free dental care and free access to the stadium gym
  • Life assurance of 4x your basic salary, income protection scheme and Employee Assistance Programme that offers anonymous and confidential, emotional and practical support 24/7.
  • After 3 months, you will be enrolled in our Aviva pension scheme and we will match and double your contribution up to 10%
  • Ride-to-work scheme, eyecare vouchers and season ticket loans

About our team

At England Rugby, we want to hear our employees’ thoughts, ideas and feedback on our strategies, new initiatives and our work environment. That’s why we have quarterly meetings called ‘the Voice’ where various topics are discussed, in addition to regular surveys, including our annual D&I survey. We are always striving to create the best environment for our colleagues, and we are proud to present some of our most recent feedback from Feb 2022:

  • 85% feel motivated to perform their role to the best of their ability
  • 83% feel supported by their Manager
  • 90% agree or strongly agree that their Manager empowers and trusts them to deliver while working from home
  • 83% feel informed and connected with the organisation

How to Apply

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Please note the instructions around submitting these documents when you get to that stage of your application as we're working hard to make our recruitment processes as inclusive as possible and reducing our potential unconscious bias.

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Full Time
Job Type
Sports Technology
Rugby Union
Salary information
from £60,000

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