Compliance and Risk stream

Applications are now closed.

This role sits within a small dedicated team who are responsible for monitoring, assessing and commissioning system security levels across the IT estate.

IT services utilise standard productivity services such as email, telephony and instant messaging, as well as specific business systems and applications. The team therefore work in collaboration with our colleagues in IT, our suppliers of services, our IT traded service organisation and the business in general.

We have a mixed delivery model for IT services, and it is against this backdrop that the team must ensure the authority is meeting its security requirements.

This role will involve working with colleagues to understand the security provisions and capabilities of existing and newly proposed systems, determine what risks we are being exposed to and make recommendations on how these risks should be mitigated.

You will have the opportunity to understand ever-changing security threats, how these evolve, partake in technical discussion on security management and make your own proposals on ways forward.

Working alongside other IT colleagues you will be involved in implementing the IT strategy and our drive to the cloud for all services.

You will learn to interpret notifications and determine if they are false positives, analyse activity logs for behavioural changes in usage using various tools and techniques. From a risk perspective you will learn how to assess risk, and write your own risk reviews.

In the early days you will learn about the monitoring systems we use, build your own reports to explore and understand capability, be the central point of security advice requests and respond accordingly, as well as start risk reviews. All reviews are peer reviewed with the team in a chalk-and-talk environment.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,238 which will increase with progress.


Our main offices are in Maidstone, but travel may be required to other offices and locations around Kent.

Training and development

The graduate programme is a fast track way to start your IT compliance and public sector career.

As a 2 year development programme, it provides access to vital on-the-job experience within an IT compliance environment along with extensive training and development opportunities you won’t find elsewhere in local government.

Whilst on the programme, you will have strong support for achieving the Cyber Security Technologist level 4 apprenticeship, as you experience and gain appreciation for the various roles within an IT Compliance team.

You will also be enrolled into the corporate Business Computer Society (BCS) scheme so that you can take advantage of the additional learning and networking opportunities this provides.

On the successful completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • confidently carry out risk reviews
  • understand the organic nature of cyber threats and vulnerabilities and how these impact businesses
  • communicate with confidence on technicalities and associated risks and issues from a security perspective
  • understand the role of central government and other public sector organisations and how that influences our own approach to cyber security.

Whilst you are the driver of your career, most people benefit from the support of others.

As a graduate compliance officer, you will have a network of support, including a line manager, a buddy and coaching support is also available on request.

You will also be part of a cohort of other graduates who started with you - shared learning can be very valuable too.

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in an IT subject.
  • GCSE grade A-C (new grades 4-9) or above in English language or equivalent (Level 2 qualification).
  • GCSE grade A-C (new grades 4-9) or above in mathematics or equivalent (Level 2 qualification).

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career so you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

If you are due to graduate this summer, you are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Closing date for applications

Applications closed at midnight on Friday 31 January.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 3 and 14 February.

Assessment centre

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment on the 17 or 18 March in Maidstone.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview during the week of Monday 30 March.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 11 May.