Network Specialist

  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Jan 20, 2021
Full time Linux Systems Administrator I.T. & Communications

Job Description

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is an Agency of the Scottish Government, working in partnership with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver safe and secure custodial services that empower offenders to take responsibility and to fulfil their potential. We employ over 4500 people in a diverse range of professions across our 13 prisons, the SPS College, Central Stores and our Headquarters in Edinburgh where this post is based. 

We are looking for a Network Specialist to join our growing IT team on a permanent basis. As a subject matter expert, you will be part of our highly skilled technical team that develops and supports the critical infrastructure that powers our 13 prisons, SPS College, Central Stores and Headquarters. You will play an integral role in exciting infrastructure projects, and corporate applications using the latest windows and virtualisation technologies, Network technologies, and deploy leading-edge services across our Scotland-wide estate.


If you have the following, we would like to hear from you:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent qualification), or equivalent technology training in Network Support/Design.
  • Experience of working with network security and security controls, for example CCNP security.
  • Experience of Cisco technology (for example: Catalyst ISR, ASR, ASA, AnyConnect, Firepower, UCS, MDS).
  • General Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems experience.
  • Sound knowledge of Information and Communications Technology solutions.
  • Good planning and organising, problem solving and decision making and communication and interpersonal skills.

Benefits on offer include (but are not limited to):

  • Attractive Pension (Civil Service)
  • Supportive towards candidates attaining Industry Recognised Qualifications
  • Specialist Training
  • Annual Leave - 37 days rising to 42 days
  • Employee Savings scheme, including Cycle to Work
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Sick Pay

All successful applicants are required to undertake Police Security Check (SC) vetting (NPPV level 3) security clearance and must have been a resident within the UK for the last 5 years.

 For further information on this exciting opportunity, including full job description, person specification, assessment process and to apply for this vacancy please visit


Closing date: 2nd February 2021 at 12noon


£37,603 - £45,114 depending on qualifications, skills and experience, plus additional supplement of £4000 and on-call allowance.