Senior Cryptographic Advisor

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Charlotte Housley

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Job ref: 012742
Published: 14 days ago

Senior Cryptographic Advisor 

Manchester / Remote  

The Co-operative bank has a lot to be proud of since the launch of the Ethical Policy in 1992 which remains unique in UK high street banking. We believe our approach to banking, with values and ethics at the centre of everything we do sets us apart and remains the key reason why approximately 4 million customers choose to bank with us.

  Purpose of the role:

As the Senior Cryptographic Advisor, you will be responsible for centrally managing cryptographic keys and digital certificate management in an effective and efficient method for the Co-operative Bank and its customers.


Within the role you will be expected to:

*       To deliver effective cryptographic management to generate, distribute, store, renew, recover and delete cryptographic keys and digital certificates

*       Implement and maintain the operational functionality of the underlying cryptographic infrastructure to required standards.  

*       Produce industry standard documentation in support of activities, processes and procedures. 

*       You will investigate and resolve complex and critical security issues and produce recommendations to influence change. 

*       You will keep up to date with knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and industry best practice to develop expertise providing more effective services, and supply technical leadership to others as required.

*       You will aide and support the Bank as it moves some service

*       In addition, you will possess a strong culture of teamwork, mutual respect and social responsibility

To do this successfully you will need to have the following skills and experience:


  • A broad knowledge and experience of information security/IT security and specialist knowledge of cryptographic architectures, technologies and standards.

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of some of the following

  • Symmetric and Asymmetric Cryptography

  • Digital signatures

  • PKI Concepts

  • Digital certificate management

  • Hardware Security Modules

  • Payment schemes

  • Key management ceremonies

  • Experience in maintaining cryptographic infrastructure including building and configuring devices, patch management and incident resolution.

  • Experience of working within an operational support environment operational support driven by an ITIL or equivalent frame work. 

  • Degree qualified or other relevant IT Security qualification (e.g CISSP).


  • Significant experience in IT security and within a cryptographic operational environment.

  • Previous experience in financial services industry.

  • Experience with PKCS11, MSCAPI, CNG, JCE, JCA.

  • Experience in delivering HSM upgrade’s.

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of any of the following technologies:

  • Microsoft/Entrust PKI

  • Venafi product suite

  • Thales nShield/Payshield, SafeNET Luna SA/Luna EFT or KeySecure/Ciphertrust and Entrust NShield HSM devices

 We look to recruit individuals from all different backgrounds and encourage you to apply even if you don’t tick every box. We celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and are open to discuss flexible work options to help you balance your work and home life. If you have a disability as defined by the 2010 equality act please let us know on your application.


As a reputable employer regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, all offers of employment for this role are subject to a series of background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks.


Please note we may withdraw this vacancy once sufficient applications have been reached.