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Welcome from Paul Hayllor, Head of Digital and Information Services

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of IT Security and Business Resilience Manager with Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland).

ILF Scotland is the organisation responsible for safeguarding the rights of some of the most severely disabled people to lead independent lives. With a budget of around £58 million, ILF Scotland is tasked by Scottish Ministers with making regular and accurate payments of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) to over 3500 recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These funds offer people the flexibility they may not otherwise have, to live in their own home, take up employment or education, or to socialise like other members of society.

Following the UK Government announcement to close the ILF, disabled people told us that their overwhelming preference was the continuation of a national ILF scheme for Scotland. ILF Scotland has been established to do just this, to deliver Scottish Ministers’ commitment to continue providing this vital support to existing users of the fund. ILF Scotland also opened a Transition Fund in December 2017 which provides money, for up to one year, to support young people living with disabilities (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to improve their lives.

Now 4 years old, ILF Scotland has a strong reputation for delivering high quality services and highly accurate payments. We have also launched an internet service called the Transition Fund, which whilst meeting the needs of a new group of disabled people, it also exposes the organisation for the first time to the threat of cyber-crime and exploitation of vulnerable people and public funds. We are also considering our infrastructure and actively looking at cloud based delivery platforms. This is an exciting and challenging time, and we need high calibre staff to provide the IT Security and Business Resilience for ILF Scotland for current operations and potential future operating models. This is one of several essential posts which collectively ensures we continue to deliver services to disabled people and support our continued commitment to independent living. If you believe that you have the appropriate skills and experience to take this role forward, and a strong desire to make a difference to the lives of disabled people, then I strongly encourage you to apply.

If you wish to have further information about the role, or if you have any questions please contact Catriona Mackie or Gayle Williamson in the first instance at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555. I am also very happy for you to come and see us and discuss the role over a coffee here in Livingston.

Thanks and good luck with your application.

Yours sincerely,

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About Independent Living Fund Scotland

The UK Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed at the end of June 2015 and the funding for recipients was devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. The Independent Living Fund Scotland is the organisation which now administers over £58m of funding for existing recipients, supporting them to lead independent lives.

The organisation has a staff team of 52 and currently provides award winning management services for over 3500 service users throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. This number will increase as the transition fund is accessed over the coming months. ILF Scotland is fully funded by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Administration for the due care and stewardship of public funding.

It provides excellent and flexible customer service, facilitating recipients to continue to exercise choice and control and to use their funding in an outcomes-focused way to lead independent lives.

Further information on the organisation can be found below:

The Role – IT Security and Business Resilience Manager

This role is core to maintaining the day to day IT and Information Security of the current operation but will also be pivotal in developing the resilience and the “To Be” operation as ILF Scotland prepares its move to cloud based operations during 2020 – 2021. Core to this will be the ability to fully assess the risk landscape and prepare business impact analysis options for new operational models.

However, it is stressed that the role is a management position and not a service desk (24/7) operation. It is envisaged that once the post holder is confident in the current daily security operations, that the role becomes much more strategic and will provide the link between the corporate business strategy and the IT and Information security considerations prior to committing to a package or infrastructure investment.  The role is not considered “full on” and is offered flexibly and with work patterns to suit a work life balance or returning workers. A key requirement is simply to be contactable in the event of an incident and being able to direct or instigate the appropriate actions of others.

The post holder will work as part of a small digital and information services team who operate in a “Managed Services” environment. Our core infrastructure is currently provided by the Scottish Government but ILF Scotland are fully responsible for the applications, security, incident management and development of services hosted by them and supported by other third party contractors including the NHS.

As such, being part of a small team involves full ownership of the IT security aspects but is an equal member for all change, development, planning and education projects across the organisation.

The post-holder will ensure that ILF Scotland has the appropriate levels of security, access and permissions, education, training and awareness at all levels and work with key stakeholders, internal and external, to implement the emerging digital transformation strategy.

Further information on the role can be found within the Job Description and Person Specification below:


Application is by way of the following 3 documents:

To apply, please click here to upload your CV, covering letter and completed equalities monitoring form (this form can be downloaded above). We would be grateful if you could include the following information in your application:


Should you have any queries, or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please feel free to contact Catriona Mackie or Gayle Williamson at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

Key Dates

Provided below are a note of the critical dates in the recruitment which will help you plan your diary:

Closing date Friday 27th September 2019
Interview Date Monday 14th October 2019