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Compliance Analyst

Posted: 9 Nov 2019 Closes: 24 Nov 2019
London, Reading £28,890 - £35,709
Permanent & Full-time defra/20191109162848

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Government security is undergoing a step change, and now is an exciting time to get involved. The security profession has an increasingly important role to play in a more digital world - the vision is to create an energetic, forward-thinking and technically proficient profession for government that leads the way in balancing security risks with the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality services. As part of this step change, Defra’s specialist security function is currently undertaking a transition to a more integrated model bringing together skills across physical, personnel and cyber security.

We are currently recruiting for a Compliance Analyst to help deliver a robust compliance frame work capable of protecting Defra from a wide range of threats.

Utilising their security and audit expertise, the Compliance Analyst will support the Compliance Lead in ensuring that Defra Group continues to meet legal and regulatory requirements, by monitoring compliance of security capabilities, processes and procedures against related regulations, standards, policy and procedures. This will include adherence to ISO27001, Security Policy Framework and Departmental Health Check.

In addition it will assist in the production of compliance reports and to support the Compliance lead in ensuring that all contracts with third parties adhere to Defra Group security policies and standards. The role covers the whole of the Defra Group

• Produce and maintain the annual compliance review schedule using a risk based methodology to prioritise business functions, processes and suppliers for review.

• Assist with the implementation of compliance regimes throughout the business and Defra third party supply chain.

• Maintain a gap analysis document which is used to track the current compliance posture of Defra Group against the business and regulatory requirements found in the ISO27001, Security Policy Framework, Departmental Health Check and Defra Group strategic objectives.

• Conduct security compliance reviews across Defra Group suppliers and delivery teams to support assurance requirements.

• Produce audit reports, detailing findings and noting areas for improvement.

• Ensure that remediation plans are agreed and followed through to conclusion.

• Provide input on and constructively challenge the development of security policies and procedures to ensure that they reflect requirements of relevant standards.

• Assist during Accreditation and other key audits throughout the year, supporting Defra Group, ensuring where possible that the auditor remains within scope of the audit.


The ideal candidate will have:

• Experience of working within central Government or large corporate institutions in a security compliance or audit role.

• Experience of establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system (ISMS) using ISO 27001 methodology.

• Experience of working with the Security Policy Framework and other UK Government regulatory requirements.

• Experience of conducting security compliance audits.

• The ability to form excellent relationships within your department and with the wider security community.

• Experience of managing complex and diverse workload, drawing on multiple teams to complete tasks.

• The ability to perform effectively to deadlines, maintaining focus in challenging situations and adapting to find solutions that meet the needs of stakeholders.

The successful candidate will either hold SC clearance or will be required to obtain SC clearance prior to commencement of the role.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together




Your pension is a valuable part of your total reward package.

Defra invests in providing a contribution to the cost of your pension (contribution rates vary between 20.0% and 24.5%, dependent upon salary)

The contributions you make are deducted from your salary before tax is taken.

Generous Annual Leave and Bank Holiday Allowance:

Defra offers 25 days annual leave (rising, over 5 years, to 30 days) for full time new entrants to the Civil Service. Employees receive 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s Birthday.

Staff Recognition:

We have a Staff Recognition Scheme, to reward exemplary work.

Learning and Development:

All new employees joining (and returning) to Defra will have an induction to the department, our work and policies. You will have access to a broad range of learning and development opportunities with world class providers.

Mentoring and Coaching:

Mentoring is an effective means of developing your career, boosting your confidence and empowering both the mentor and mentee. All our employees have the opportunity to voluntarily engage and work with a Mentor or a Coach.


Defra employees are entitled to 3 days special leave with pay, per year, for volunteering. We encourage our employees to take this up, as it can be a great way to share skills with worthy charitable causes, while developing new insights and stronger links with the civil society sector.


We fully support reservists and offer 15 days special leave with pay for training

Childcare vouchers:

The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents can then use the funds to pay for registered childcare.

Bicycle Loan Schemes:

Defra offers interest-free loans towards the cost of a bike and Cycle to Work Scheme. Defra loans you a bike for your commute as a tax-free benefit. At the end of the loan period, you have the option to buy the bike, saving 30% of the original cost.

Season Ticket Loan:

We offer interest-free season ticket loans to all Defra employees with more than three months’ service, for purchasing train and bus season tickets, as well as station car parking

Sick Pay:

We offer a generous and supportive Sick Pay Policy, with Sick pay progressively increasing, by the length of service, beginning at one month’s sick pay in the first year of service.

Employee Discounts:

Defra employees have access to a range of discounts at hundreds of top retailers via our employee discount scheme.

Give as You Earn:

Defra is registered with the Give as You Earn scheme, which enables you to make regular deductions directly from your salary, in support of a chosen charity. This is simple and tax efficient.

Flexible working:

Defra is committed to providing a great place to work and is open to smarter ways of working that enable you to choose how, when and where you want to work in line with business needs. This includes the ability to work from home, work compressed hours and choose from a range of locations best suited to when and where you need to be. Our offices are equipped with a range of onsite facilities including fitness centres, staff canteens and much more. You can discuss where you will be based and the amount of travel you will need to undertake at the interview with the Vacancy Holder.

Employee Assistance Programme:

Is a free and confidential 24/7 telephone advice service available to all our staff.

Occupational Health Service:

Provides a range of support services, to optimise attendance, engagement and performance at work.

Sports and Social Association:

Promotes sports and social activities and organises our annual sports day and staff lottery.

Things you need to know:
-Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
-Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement:
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please note that there is the possibility of a number of roles in the security team that may become part of the Home Office government Cluster 2 Security Unit (C2SU) which has a remit to provide services pan government. This role may or may not be subject to a future move under TUPE.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Statement of Suitability. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Sift is expected to commence on the 26th November, with interviews planned on the 9th and 10th December in London

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Any move to Defra will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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