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SOC Lead

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

SOC Lead

  • NE02095
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Grade and location

Grade: GG6

Location: Bristol


The role

Security Operations Centre Lead
Permanent, Full time

We have a brand-new exciting opportunity for a SOC Lead to join our IT Security Operations team based in our head office in Bristol. Reporting into the Head of Cyber Security in this role you will be responsible for the operation and strategic development of the Imperial SOC service and the SOC Analyst team globally. You and your team are accountable for protecting Imperial’s people, and its information from cyber attacks and will ensure we meet our requirements for data and system confidentiality, integrity and availability.

This role will be perfect for an experienced SOC Lead with previous team lead and management experience or an experienced Senior SOC Analyst with an extensive technical background looking for the next step in their career.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead, manage and develop a globally distributed team of SOC Analysts and third party vendors
  • Establish and own the design, development and running of SOC services
  • Manage security related incidents and problems throughout their lifecycle
  • Design, build, manage and maintain security monitoring systems and Infrastructure such as SIEM, IDS/IPS and cloud based security platforms
  • Advise and monitor appropriate security measures and mechanisms to guard against unauthorised access to electronically stored and/or transmitted information, reasonably protecting against anticipated threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Coordinate vulnerability assessments and security audits against our products and infrastructure, action planning to resolve any identified security gaps.
  • Research and maintain proficiency in tools, techniques, countermeasures, and trends in computer and network threats or exploits.
  • Identify opportunities for continual improvement, including industry best practices and recommend changes to systems and reporting processes.
  • Team motivation, and ongoing support for their development, identifying and addressing any skill gaps.
  • Provide management with up-to-date information on threats and vulnerabilities that the organisation may face.

Skills & experience

  • Extensive technical background within cyber security
  • Previous experience as a technical team lead or manager with proven ability to manage priorities
  • Significant experience of the technical aspects of cyber security incidents, threats and vulnerabilities and preventative and detection measures.
  • Extensive experience and in-depth understanding of attack/threat monitoring and other security systems – intrusion detection (IDS/IPS), SIEM, anti-virus, firewalls, IAM and native cloud security platforms.
  • Deep understanding and experience with security vulnerability tools, techniques and standards used to conduct penetration testing.
  • Strong experience of implementing best practices for incident handling, investigation processes and techniques.
  • Solid experience of scripting, coding and tool development.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities to identify and fix security issues with strong communication skills.


  • CISSP Certified or completion of relevant SANS courses.
  • Degree educated in a relevant technical field or qualification by experience.

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply and attach their current CV. 

For more information please contact the Hiring Manager Tom Blane

Closing date: Friday 9th July

Please ensure you have informed your current line Manager of your decision to apply.

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