Corporate and Delivery – Security – Home Office Security – Business Support Lead

2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

Job summary

The Home Office has one of the most challenging and critical jobs in Whitehall: to keep Britain safe and secure. We operate at the heart of the Government’s agenda, leading on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy, counter-extremism and counterterrorism and work to ensure visible, responsive, and accountable policing in the UK. The challenges the Department faces are significant and can change rapidly in the global environment in which we operate, making this one of the most exciting and stimulating Government Departments in which to work.

This post is part of corporate services (business management, finance & workforce planning),within the Home Office Security Adviser Team, which sits at the heart of the Security and Investigations Unit within the Corporate and Delivery directorate. HOSAT is responsible for supporting Home Office business areas to improve their security standards and enable them to deliver their priorities in a secure manner.

The Team which sits at the heart of the Security and Investigations Unit within the Corporate and Delivery directorate. HOSAT is responsible for supporting Home Office business areas to improve their security standards and enable them to deliver their priorities in a secure manner.

HOSAT works closely with the Government Security Centres and technical authorities to ensure that advice is always current and relevant. The team chairs and attends various cross government forums, ensuring that the department remains a role model in security best practices.

This is a busy role with leadership responsibilities, which requires you to manage a range of complex issues, including risk management and resourcing and to have a good understanding of the wider political and security context. You will be expected to brief senior officials and Ministers on a regular basis.

The Home Office is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion. It is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all its people can work and perform at their best.

The Home Office is committed to investing in its staff and offers a range of work-based training and qualifications, coaching and mentoring opportunities, with a guaranteed five days of learning and five days volunteering per year.

Job description

  • Managing the day-to-day running of business-as-usual activities across Security, from shared mailbox management, to supporting induction processes and leading on reactive commissions – ensuring timely and accurate returns to the Deputy Director and beyond.
  • Maintain, and build on, the good processes currently in place to support directorate activity. Review current processes and implement your ideas to continuously improve on the services we provide across Security.
  • Planning and improving resourcing; supporting line managers in the recruitment of new colleagues and being responsible for the process and management of information, relating to FTE and resourcing, recruitment, contingent labour etc.
  • Lead on the development of workforce planning, monitoring and accurate reporting across Security.
  • Interrogating data (for example the People Survey) detailing the experiences and engagement of colleagues and act as the directorate lead to plan initiatives to make the directorate an inclusive, enjoyable and stretching place to work.
  • Supporting senior leaders by coordinating effective senior management team meetings, maintaining the SMT forward look and scheduling and facilitating the right discussions and the right points in the year on topics such as: performance management, risk management and financial management.
  • Liaising and managing stakeholder engagement regarding their overarching Risk Management strategy ensuring mitigations are set appropriately and continuously monitored
  • Lead on key assurance work including the new Home Office Assurance framework and the annual Departmental Security Health Check from the Cabinet Office.
  • As a member of the Security Adviser Team, you will be required to provide oversight and management of the response to live incidents, working in a fast-paced environment, and coordinating with other members of the team to ensure there is sufficient coverage throughout the working week. You will provide decisive leadership, ensuring that incidents are dealt with swiftly, in an appropriate manner, escalating where necessary. This will involve effective stakeholder engagement with site managers and OGD partners, alongside relevant security partners to ensure that IM investigation, action and review are timely and aligned.
  • There is also a requirement to contribute to the Security Culture and Awareness Team engagement work. This will require raising security awareness across the entire Department, including delivering face-to-face security briefings to Private Office and presentations across a variety of security topics linked to security policies.
  • This post will have line management responsibility.

Note: This is not an exclusive or exhaustive list, and the post holder will be required to perform any additional duties reasonably expected of them within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence and training.

Person specification

We are looking for a highly motivated, well-organised self-starter to join our dynamic team.

As a Business Support Lead, you’ll be part of the team working with colleagues and stakeholders across HO Security to develop our services and support our customers.

Essential criteria

•    You will have strong communication skills, both orally and in writing, with the ability to build strong stakeholder relationships and influence colleagues at all grades.
•    You will be a collaborative team player, with a positive attitude, able to build effective working relationships to support the directorate, the business management team and the Senior Management Team (SMT).
•    You will have strong IT skills including Outlook inbox and calendar, Excel, and PowerPoint.
•    Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to multitask and prioritise competently and quickly ensuring attention to detail.

Desirable criteria

•    Business Management experience (People and workforce development, recruitment and managing government finance).
•    Line management experience.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

CMA2004 Business Continuity and Security Lead

Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester

Job summary

Are you an experienced business continuity professional who is passionate about safeguarding organisations, their people, and assets? Can you recognise future risks and put in place appropriate plans to mitigate them? If so, join the CMA’s security service and make an impact managing our security, business continuity and incident management service.

About the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

We help people, businesses, and the UK economy by promoting competitive markets and tackling unfair behaviour. Our work is wide ranging, ambitious and often new and challenging.

What you will do

As the Business Continuity and Security Lead, you’ll play a vital role within our Security Team, reporting to the Head of Security. Your responsibilities encompass implementing the CMA’s security business plan, addressing security risks, and ensuring security measures across CMA sites. You’ll oversee the communication strategy for security, business continuity, and incident management, provide personnel security guidance, manage incident records, and lead business continuity efforts. Additionally, you’ll chair the Business Continuity Coordinators forum, promote collaboration, and ensure compliance with security standards and regulations, including the Security Policy Framework. This role is pivotal in safeguarding the CMA’s assets, personnel, and operations.

What you will need

To excel in this role, you must have leadership experience in business continuity, hold CBCI Certification from the Business Continuity Institute, demonstrate expertise in business continuity, security, and risk, showcase proficiency in building robust internal and external relationships, and exhibit strong organisational skills, including meeting demanding deadlines.

Although not essential, a background in cyber security, physical security, personnel security, technology, investigations, risk management, or data professions will be advantageous.

What we can offer you

 The CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 27%, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, our employee assistance programme, and our extensive flexible working options.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.

Closing date for applications: 9th October 2023

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Job description

  • Working closely with the Head of Security, Senior Security Adviser and staff across Corporate Services and the wider organisation to deliver the CMA security business plan, helping to assess and manage the security risks associated with the organisation’s operations. This involves identifying potential threats, evaluating their likelihood and impact, and developing risk mitigation strategies to safeguard personnel and assets.
  •  Working closely with teams in all CMA offices, and across Corporate Services (particularly with Facilities Management and the Property Transformation team) to ensure suitable security arrangements are in place for each location.


  • Lead delivery of the CMA security, business continuity and incident management communications plan, leading the CMA’s security training programme including in relation to phishing awareness and supporting the provision of briefings to educate employees, panel members and senior staff on security policies, procedures, and best practices. Ensure that CMA Live (intranet) security pages remain fresh and relevant.
  •  Working closely with HR and providing advice on issues relating to personnel security, including clearance process for new joiners, employees, contractors, and other individuals associated with the organisation. Issue security advice to staff travelling abroad and work with HR and Technology and Business Services to ensure that the approval system works efficiently and effectively.
  • Lead on the bimonthly Security Working Group (SWG), developing an agenda with the Director or their deputy, preparing minutes of and ensuring that all relevant logs and papers circulated are updated and actions are followed up.
  • Manage the incident register, ensuring it is kept up to date and that actions are being taken to resolve the cases.
  • Lead on the delivery of business continuity for the CMA.
  • Chair the quarterly Business Continuity Coordinators forum with business continuity stakeholders from across the business and develop a community of interest. Engage with Business Continuity plan owners to share best practice, monitor maturity and drive continuous improvement.
  • Ensure that business criticality is correctly prioritised and there is no conflict amongst business continuity plans. Schedule and validate, the exercise and testing, of business continuity plans. Formulate scenarios, facilitate exercise events, produce the post exercise report, and action plan.
  • Provide advice and support to ensure that the CMA complies with relevant security standards and regulations, such as the Security Policy Framework (SPF), and the National Technical Authority guidelines (National Cyber Security Centre, National Protective Security Authority and UK NACE), reviewing and updating policies, creating plans of action and leading implementation of new arrangements as necessary. Assist with the completion of the Departmental Security Check (DSHC) and other returns e.g., for access to ONS databases, Police National Database.
  • You will be expected to develop strong working relationships with internal stakeholders including HR, Facilities Management, Internal Communications and Technology and Business Services, as well as external partners, for example estate building management personnel at locations, and Police.

Person specification

  • Experience of implementation of business continuity (Lead)
  • Must hold CBCI Certification from the Business Continuity Institute. (Lead)
  • Demonstrable working experience and understanding of business continuity, security, and risk, as well as a willingness to develop knowledge in these areas as appropriate whilst recognising future risks and strategically planning to mitigate them.
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders, both internal and external, including with the wider security community.
  • Strong organisational skills, with the ability to deliver tasks within challenging timescales, reprioritising where necessary and ensuring decisions are made at the appropriate level.

Desirable Requirements

  • Background in cyber security, physical security, personnel security, technology, investigations, risk management or data professions.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Business Continuity
Alongside your salary of £42,924, Competition & Markets Authority contributes £11,589 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

As well as the interesting and varied work you’ll do to contribute to effective competition in the UK, and to ensure consumers get a good deal when buying goods and services, you’ll also benefit from:

  • An exceptionally generous pension scheme with a significant employer contribution and range of options, including a tax-free lump sum at the point of retirement and injury, ill-health and life assurance benefits
  • 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years), plus 8 public holidays and an additional day off for the King’s birthday. In addition, you’ll be able to access a wide range of other types of leave as and when you need it, including generous maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption options, as well as paid special leave for volunteering
  • Season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, flu vaccinations and eye tests
  • Access to the Civil Service Sports & Leisure, giving discounted gym membership, high street discounts, free access to UK wide attractions and a free Tastecard
  • A range of wellbeing benefits, including an employee assistance programme, flexible working options and family friendly policies, regular networking events and professional learning opportunities at work.

HOFSC: Corruption Prevention and Counter Terrorism – HMP Swaleside (Ref: 79516)

HM Prison Swaleside, ME12 4AX

Job summary

Please refer to Job Description

Job description

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview of the job    

This is a functional management job in an establishment.


The job holder will managea specialist unit within the establishment dedicated to reducing staff corruption and combating terrorism. This will includemanaging Human Intelligence Sources, Corruption Prevention and Counter Terrorism, whilst raising awareness of what constitutes corruption and how to report it.

This is either an operational or non-operational job with linemanagement responsibilities. If operational, pleasesee Technical Requirements.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties    

The job holder will berequired to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

•    Accountable for the management of all Corruption Prevention reports in accordancewith national policy
•    Accountable for ensuring correct and accuraterisk assessments arecompleted
with all relevant intelligence
•    Accountable for establishing a culturewhere corruption is not tolerated within the establishment
•    Accountable for disseminating information from Security Information reports
(SIRs) to manage the risk to the establishment using action plans to address any concerns
•    Accountable for ensuring Conflict of Interest Register is maintained
•    Accountable for managing the Counter Terrorism(CT)/PREVENT agenda on behalf of the establishment and ensure effective liaison with Area CT coordinator,
Special Branch and other agencies
•    Accountable for ensuring all prisoners meeting Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) criteria areregistered with the Central Authorities Bureau
•    Responsible for raising awareness of Corruption Prevention during theinduction programme for new staff and promoting posters, regular newsletter, emails, and briefing sessions for staff
•    Responsible for effective management and where possiblerehabilitation of
offenders charged or convicted of terror-related offences and those identified as radicalised
•    Accountable for conducting CHIS training sessions to raisestaff awareness of what
constitutes a CHIS and how information is handled in an appropria temanner
•    Develop the local, national and multi-agency roleof the CTU in linewith the needs of the establishment’s and High Security Estates (H.S.E)population and CONTEST/PREVENT priorities
•    Responsible for providing adviceto the Governor and Senior Management Team (SMT) on the management of prisoners convicted and/or charged with terror
related offences with complex needs
•    Maintain accuraterecords of all instances of corruption
•    Maintain an accurateconflict of interest register
•    Provideresearch and evidence-based strategic and practical support to
developing processes designed to combat radicalisation within theestablishment and the H.S.E

Dependant on operational experience will undertake some or all other management tasks including:

•    Act as the Governor’s representative by chairing adjudications and taking charge of day-to-day establishment operations as Duty Governor
•    Promote Prison Service policy in all activities and behaviours e.g. promote
diversity, decency, safety and reducing re-offending agendas
•    Review open Assessment Care in Custody teamwork (ACCT) as and when required in linewith audit baselines
•    Provideleadership and management of the Function. Will havethe skills to apply all Human Resources (HR) related policies and practices and beableto carry out
all aspects of people management such as Attendance Management, Disciplinary
Investigations, Performance Management and Staff Appraisals
•    Manage Prisoners Complaints Process within the Function
•    Responsible for ensuring all litigation claims relevant to the area have been dealt with in accordancewith policy
•    Oversee the compilation and regular progress reporting of performance improvement programmes
•    Manage the appropriateauthorisation of Financial Compliance Statements
•    Manage devolved budgets in accordancewith the financial procedures outlined in the budget delegation
•    Ensure that the Function produces and analyses audit and establishment
performance management information identifying variances and areas requiring improvements
•    Contribute to the establishment’s overall achievement of (SDIs) and standards and be accountable for the performance and delivery of targets relating to the Function.
•    Accountable for all local and national policies relating to the Function, and ensure
procedures implemented are compliant, including thedevelopment of new policies
•    Contribute to the development and delivery of the medium-to-long term
strategic and business plan for the establishment, with overall responsibility for implementation within their Function
•    Attend relevant boards/meetings and actively contributeeither as chair or team member
•    Responsible for ensuring the defined work areas and associated activities comply with Health and Safety legislation. Ensureall risk assessments areundertaken
and staff aremade aware of their personal responsibility towards Health and
Safety compliance
•    Work collaboratively and provideconstructivechallengeto colleagues to ensure that their own and other Functions arejoined up and together contribute towards the overall delivery of the establishment’s performance
•    Contribute to the preparation of the establishment contingency and emergency
plans and ensureimplementation when required.
•    Ensure the effective use of staff resources and the provision of tra ining and annual leaveopportunities
•    Produce relevant reports as required and ensure that the responseto all
correspondence are within agreed timescales
•    Carry out investigations and administration in relation to incidents of potential discrimination and report on findings
•    Accountable for ensuring actions arising from Standard Audit, Her Majesty
Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) Action Plans and Managing Quality of Prison Life (MQPL) surveys, including local Self Audit action plans and Resettlement
strategies, are delivered
•    Deliver and implement projects as directed by the Governor
•    Actively encourage staff engagement within the Function to ensure objectives are met
The duties/responsibilities listed above describethe post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable
alterations and additional tasks of a similarlevel that may be necessary. Significant
adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instancewith the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the rolewith confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Person specification

Please refer to Job Description


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
Alongside your salary of £47,907, HM Prison & Probation Service contributes £13,366 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Access to learning and development
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Season Ticket Advance

Royal Navy -Security Officer

Plymouth, South West England, PL1 3QS

Job summary

This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a dynamic and exciting environment in support of the operationally active Commando Forces (Royal Marines). To become a civil service member of 30 Commando Exploitation Group Royal Marines, we are looking for capable and motivated professionals with the drive to actively support and improve the lived and worked experience of Military and Civil Service personnel.

 Engaged in operational activity at home and globally, the Units and Headquarters housed in Royal Marine Barracks Stonehouse (RMBS) are critical to a range of Defence outputs. As a member of the Civil Service working alongside military counterparts you will be vital to supporting business continuity that enables core military output. As valued members of the organisation, Civil Service personnel are a critical component of the resilience and continued operation of the RMBS establishment.

 Navy Command provides an open, flexible, and supportive work environment. Civil Servants and Armed forces personnel work together in a wealth of interesting and challenging roles across disciplines including finance, legal services, personnel and HR, project planning, managing contracts, and media and communications.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

A varied and important role, the Post Holder will hold responsibility for all establishment security matters ensuring adherence to MOD security policy, maintaining establishment security standards and reducing security risk.  Security remains paramount to all facets of the establishment’s activity, therefore a communicative, organised proactive and diligent Security Officer is required to ensure that security risk is managed effectively.

Person specification

This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a dynamic and exciting environment in support of the operationally active Commando Forces (Royal Marines). To become a civil service member of 30 Commando Exploitation Group Royal Marines, we are looking for capable and motivated professionals with the drive to actively support and improve the lived and worked experience of Military and Civil Service personnel.



5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or equivalent.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
Alongside your salary of £28,300, Ministry of Defence contributes £7,641 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Benefits we offer:

As a civil servant in Navy Command, you will be part of a forward-looking organisation with inclusive workplace policies, excellent career prospects, and a job that makes a difference.

Navy Command prides itself on being a supportive employer and where possible encourages flexible working, helping you to maintain a great work/life balance.

Other benefits for Navy Command civil servants include:

  • 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • A very competitive pension scheme
  • Personal & professional development
  • Alternative working patterns for many roles
  • Access to a confidential, professional support service
  • Discount schemes
  • Access to cycle to work scheme / season ticket loans
  • Enhanced parental and adoption leave
  • Special paid leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year

DIO – Ministry of Defence Guard Service – Security Officer Supervisor Shift Working

Loch Ewe, Aultbea, Ross-shire, IV22 2HU

Job summary

Join the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and have a future that matters: Be proud; Be challenged; Be unique.

Job description

The Challenge

Do you want to join the 2021 Government Security team of the year and be part of our Gold Standard security service?

The Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) provides high quality security services at approximately 100 MOD sites across Great Britain. The MGS has guarded the Defence Estate for over 25 years including high profile locations such as MOD Main Building in London and His Majesty’s Naval Bases at Portsmouth, Devonport and the Clyde. We provide access control, military working dogs, control room operations and other security services. We play a vital role supporting the Defence Mission and work to protect the defence estate and personnel from crime, terrorism, espionage and sabotage threats.

The MGS is part of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and employs over 2,500 staff. MGS Officers are often the first point of contact with the MOD for employees, visitors and contractors and we pride ourselves on our professional, customer-focused culture.

All our Security Officers are required to have excellent customer service skills and must be willing to go above and beyond to support security operations across the defence estate. Due to the high profile and strategic locations of the sites we guard, it is essential our Security Officers have a strong work ethic, are able to work as part of a team, are observant to threats and are capable to challenge and de-escalate difficult situations if required. We also require our Security Officers to have good written and verbal communication skills. Our Officers must have resilience and remain positive and friendly in all weather conditions and on all occasions.

We provide our staff with a market leading salary, excellent sickness benefits, together with a defined benefit civil service pension. Free full uniform will be provided.

We are a growing organisation with opportunities for good quality staff to progress their security careers.

The MGS holds the Committed to Equality Gold Standard and we positively encourage applications from all under-represented communities and from all types of working backgrounds.

See more information about the MGS, please read the candidate pack and watch our Security Officer YouTube video https://youtu.be/nzSK9OPOoDI

About MGS

The Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) is a professionally qualified body of Civil Servants who provide unarmed guarding services at approximately 100 MOD sites across Great Britain. The MGS has guarded the Defence Estate for over 25 years including high profile locations such as MOD Main Building in London and His Majesty’s Naval Bases at Portsmouth, Devonport and the Clyde. The MGS plays a vital role supporting the Defence Mission and works closely with its security partners.

The MGS is part of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and  employs over 2,500 operational and support staff. The MGS is managed by a Head Office team, dispersed strategically around the country.

MGS officers are very often the first point of contact with the MOD for employees, visitors and contractors and we pride ourselves on a customer-focused culture, working to DIO’s Values as well as our own core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and efficiency.

We are passionate about the services we deliver and work hard to keep pace with developments in the security industry, as we seek to be the unarmed guarding provider of choice. The MGS holds the Committed to Equality Gold Standard and we positively encourage applications from all under-represented communities.

Person specification

Main Responsibilities

• Supervise all Security Officers on shift at the Unit, deploying them to cover tasks as laid out in Assignment Instructions and in accordance with the Joint Business Agreement/GSSOR
• Supervise Security Officers to protect people, property, information, and assets from damage, destruction, or unauthorised removal from the Unit.
• Operate security systems in line with standard operating procedures
• Align assigned team(s) of Security Officers to protect property or information against compromise, destruction, or damage, maintaining integrity of performance through effective management, encouraging a positive and inclusive working environment, addressing concerns in a timely and sensitive manner
• Respond appropriately to security concerns raised, including by third parties, and work with the first responder to incidents
• Where required, cover CSO5 Guarding tasks including providing meal break relief.
• Daily Supervision and admin of the Roster, as delegated by the OM, managing the administration of abstractions and keeping the OM appraised on any issues with the rosters or general operations at the Unit.
• If located within a reasonable travelling distance of other MGS Units then the Supervisor will visit these Units at a frequency agreed with the Operations Manager to provide Supervisory support and visit Staff and customers accordingly.
• Writing reports on breaches of security or defects and maintaining daily logs
• Referral of complaints
• Supervising and Operating and monitoring of security systems; CCTV and alarms etc
• Operating and communicating effectively over the telephone and/or radio
• Liaise with Unit HOEs and Customer representatives and other Security providers to ensure a high-quality Security service is provided. Building positive relationships with all stakeholders.
• Assist the Operational Manager in ensuring that the Unit is compliant with NSI and all documents, policies and processes are kept up to date.
• Other tasks commensurate with the grade

Travel Requirements

Where close area working arrangements are in place staff may be required to attend other sites within their travel to work area (one hour from their home) on a detached duty basis.

Desirable Experience & Skills

A background, qualification or demonstrable interest in the delivery of site security and/or customer service will be an advantage.


Full UK Driving Licence – as patrolling site in vehicle is required


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
Alongside your salary of £30,200, Ministry of Defence contributes £8,154 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:

  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Free Uniform
  • 25 days (215 hours) annual leave rising (1 day per year, 8.6 hours) to 30 days (258 hours) upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days (86 hours) annual leave per year
  • Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
  • Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
  • Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

Physical Security Assurance Lead

Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newport (Gwent), Nottingham

Job summary

The GPA is committed to representing the communities we serve by making Diversity, Equality and Inclusion part of everything we do.

To ensure that we are always recruiting and retaining a diverse mix of talent, we are particularly inviting applications from candidates who are disabled, ethnically or gender diverse, and people who identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Government Property Agency is changing the way the Civil Service works and is at the forefront of the Government’s transformation agenda; reshaping the relationship civil servants have with their place of work. The Agency is central to the delivery of key Government policies including moving 22,000 Civil Service roles out of London by 2030 and tackling climate change by contributing to the Net Zero agenda. To do this we are delivering a major change programme across the UK and consolidating our portfolio in order to save £1.4 Bn over 10 years.

Beyond the bricks and mortar, the GPA is about providing great workplaces for our people. Through programmes like Hubs, Whitehall Campus and Smart Working you will be in the vanguard of creating model working environments and promoting flexible working practices.

This is an ambitious and exciting task, for which we need innovative people, with strong commercial acumen, who are passionate about visualising and implementing customer needs. Launched as an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office in 2018, we’re a relatively new department and we are growing fast so we also need people who thrive in ambiguity, can adapt quickly to change and are comfortable stepping outside of their remit to drive outcomes.

Job description

The key purpose of the Workplace Services, Security Assurance Lead is to ensure effective management arrangements for GPA client departments in respect of physical security and building related security management. The post holder will be part of a small team of discipline specific managers. The successful candidate will provide support by ensuring that GPA successfully discharges its security obligations for all client departments and associated stakeholders. These objectives will be achieved by proactively identifying and supporting the delivery of operational security solutions/services across the GPA estate. As part of a small team, you will carry out incident management responsibilities, security health checks, audits and physical security inspections. Annually, the team also assists client departments with their physical security compliance obligations, as part of the Departmental Security Health Check process.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Support the GPA Head of Security and/or the Operational Security Manager in GPA security policy design, process development, implementation and management across the client department group
  • Provision of on-site advice regarding physical security matters including incident management investigations
  • Work with client departments to develop their understanding of their own roles and responsibilities in relation to physical security compliance
  • Carry out physical security assessments/inspections and security health checks across the GPA estate and provide practical advice to client departments and stakeholders regarding vulnerabilities, near misses, risks and issues
  •  Identify effective corrective actions to mitigate or repair physical security weaknesses
  •  Liaise directly with stakeholders, client departments and facilities management partners/suppliers to review security related documentation (this includes risk registers), to help them understand compliance obligations and delivery expectations, in line with HMG physical security policies/standards
  •  Build and maintain effective working relationships with all key stakeholders
  •  Attend internal, customer and supplier security meetings and forums as required

Person specification

The successful candidate(s) will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in conducting security/compliance assessments/audits
  • Experience of working in a multi-client service organisation
  • The ability to interpret and understand business needs of clients in order to build positive relationships
  • Working collaboratively in a small team environment and in a positive manner to build trust and rapport across the GPA
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to gain support for initiatives and to enable solution implementation
  • To work autonomously, prioritising tasks effectively in order to meet deadlines (both internal and external) and communicating progress wherever necessary
  • Competent in the management of clients, stakeholders and contractors
  • Conversant with IT systems and the ability to analyse management information to inform decision making
  • Practical experience in negotiation skills that have achieved positive outcomes
  • Commitment to continuous improvement


Any security related qualifications and/or membership of relevant professional bodies.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Customer Perspective
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Property Market knowledge
  • Innovation
Alongside your salary of £39,100, Government Property Agency contributes £10,557 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Generous annual leave

Information Security Officer

This role is available in the following locations: London SW1P 3BT, Coventry CV1 2WT, Darlington DL1 5QE, Manchester M1 2WD, Nottingham NG2 1AW, Sheffield S1 2FJ. We welcome flexible working and are open to a blended approach of working from home and in an office. Regular travel may be required to one of our hubs in Darlington, Sheffield, Manchester, Coventry, London and Nottingham.

Job summary

We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates  

At DfE, we are proud of the commitment we make to diversity and inclusion and of the progress we have made. We have active & vibrant staff networks, special leave policies and workplace adjustments put in place for those who need them. We are continuing to build a diverse DfE, in an inclusive environment which nurtures and realises potential in all, at all levels.

Equality and Diversity – Department for Education

The Cyber and Information Security (C&IS) Division was established in 2018. We have been going through a period of change since and continue to mature whilst transforming the way the Department for Education and the sector thinks about and delivers security. This is a great opportunity if you want a challenge at a national level. Joining C&IS means you will help to safeguard children and ensure their education and care is delivered effectively by building ways of working and systems that adapt to evolutions in technology, methodology and threat.

Job description

We are looking for an Information Security Officer (ISO) to act as a partner, adviser, and authority in the implementation of the department’s security assurance model.

The nature of your workload will vary from developing the Departmental security policies, defining risk reporting, managing compliance with Government policy and external audit recommendations to enable the assurance of business services and applications through to the more complex assessment of towers of services and of platforms.

The combination of professional IT capabilities within this team will provide you with the opportunity to be involved in a variety of areas based on your expertise along with a clear personal development path.

As part of the role, you will be expected to hold or apply to the National Security Vetting process in order to obtain Security Clearance (SC).

Person specification

Responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Supporting the implementation and development of supporting policies.
  • Maintaining a frequent security partner relationship with the Department’s organisational pillars and senior leadership.
  • Building and maintaining a strong working relationship with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supporting the improvement of Information Security processes, business engagement, policy suite, documentation and service offering.
  • Ensure alignment to appropriate standards and supporting suitable control improvements.
  • Acting as an information security technical team member supporting the businesses with the risk management for their service.
  • Providing input to briefings for the Senior Responsible Owners for new and business as usual services, specifically adding value to our high value systems and platforms through the department’s assurance processes.
  • Supporting and guiding business services on maintaining compliance with relevant legislation.

Essential Criteria
It is essential that you have:

  • Experience of performing or knowledge of technical and information risk assessments.
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise numerous sources of information.
  • Evidence of making good judgements and recommendations to senior stakeholders and management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to demonstrate that you comprehend the value of managing expectations and have a proven track record of doing so.
  • A broad knowledge of technologies, including common vulnerabilities and exploits with knowledge of security controls.
  • Familiarity with the NCSC suite of security policy, guidance and standards.

Desirable Criteria
It is desirable that you have:

  • Experience in using good practice standards such as ISO 27001 and Center for Internet Security controls.
  • Experience of undertaking information security in both a waterfall and an agile context.
  • Experience of Security Architecture Design.
  • Knowledge of security operations, vulnerability management and security awareness.

It is desirable that you hold a relevant security qualification such as:

  • Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA)
  • NCSC Certified Cyber Professional (CCP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
  • Certificated Information Security Manager (CISM).
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+).
  • ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Information Risk Management.

Desirable criteria will only be assessed in the event of a tie break situation to make an informed decision.

Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK, with an average employer contribution of 27%.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the King’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

Most DfE employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending at least 60% of their time in an office or work setting. Changes to these working arrangements are available in exceptional circumstances but must be agreed with the line manager and in line with the requirements of the role.

Travel to your primary office location will not be paid for by DfE, but costs for travel to an office which is not your main location will be covered.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

EO Associate Cyber Security Analyst

East Kilbride

Job summary

Calling all graduates looking for their first job in Cyber Security or candidates with a passion for Cyber Security…

Would you be interested in making a meaningful contribution to the UK’s national security, whilst enjoying an enviable work-life balance, 25 days holiday (rising to 30), all with the added benefits of a civil service pension scheme?

You’re home.

Whilst we sit in an established government department, the team structure and ethos is dynamic and agile, more akin to a modern tech start-up. We are pioneering new ways of delivering classified technology services across government, and we’re having fun doing it.

Job description

This role is part of a unique UK Government shared service organization that is revolutionizing the way Government shares and collaborates on some of its most sensitive information. We need to stay ahead of the latest threats, proactively defend our systems and continuously improve our tools, techniques, and processes. We’re looking to add great people to our growing team for this genuinely unique opportunity.

Joining the team within our Security Operations Centre (SOC) you will report to the SOC team lead and play a critical role in protecting our people, information, and technology. We are looking for someone with a passion for computing and an interest in software, coding and cybersecurity technologies.

Graduates looking for their first role, after studying a degree in Cybersecurity are encouraged to apply.

The role is based in East Kilbride, near Glasgow and is a key member of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) team.

Person specification


  • Perform initial triage/identification of ‘Events of Interest’ using the SOC toolset and completing analysis/correlation of ‘Events of Interest’ to identify incidents
  • Ensuring that all events, events of interest, exceptions & incidents are responded to in accordance with established SOC work instructions, including remedial action/recommendations
  • Cyber incident management, following Playbooks and completing post-incident procedures, producing reports & vulnerability/trending analysis as requested by key stakeholders
  • Providing log analysis to support SOC services (including threat hunting)
  • Maintaining 24×7 operational cover for security monitoring and incident management processes.

Essential Skills

  • An active interest in Cyber/Information Security, Threat Intelligence, Software Development, ethical hacking and IT
  • Good communication skills, utilising multiple methods of communication
  • Demonstratable ability to manage competing priorities, stay on top of operational requirements while having an input into the continual development of the technical controls, rules and processes

Desirable Skills

  • Cyber Security Qualification
  • Cyber Security Experience
  • CompTIA or similar certifications
  • Security vendor certifications
  • SANS certifications



We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical skills may be asked
Alongside your salary of £25,029, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office contributes £6,782 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

We understand that people are at the heart of our success. We promote and encourage all our staff to follow continued professional development, offering our staff access to a range of learning and development opportunities.

• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Security Analyst

Birmingham (B5 4UA) based with hybrid working

Job summary

Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is a non-ministerial government department. We regulate the water sector in England and Wales.

Our role is to help build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society. Ofwat has an ambitious strategy:  Time to act, together. It matters to us that things on the ground really change so that our impact on customers, the environment and the future of water is tangible and meaningful.

We are seeking a talented Security Analyst to join the recently expanded Ofwat Security team. As a Security Analyst, you will be responsible for monitoring, analysing and maintaining robust security measures to protect our systems, networks, and data from cyber threats. You will work closely with our IT team and across fellow Government organisations to identify vulnerabilities, develop strategies to mitigate risks, and ensure compliance with relevant security standards and regulations.

Job description

In this role you are likely to spend most of your time: 

  • Analysing security logs, events, and alerts to detect and respond to security incidents in a timely manner, and lead incident response efforts when necessary.
  • Conducting security assessments, including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and security audits, to identify and assess risks and vulnerabilities in our systems and networks.
  • Monitoring and analysing emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities, and proactively recommend measures to enhance our security posture.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to integrate security requirements into the design and implementation of new systems, applications, and technologies.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of security awareness and training programs to promote a culture of security across the organization.
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of security policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Reporting in line with the organisation’s reporting and governance requirement.

Person specification

Essential Experience, Skills and Knowledge 

  • Experience working in a similar cyber security focused position, within a complex and dynamic environment [Lead criterion].
  • Familiarity with vulnerability assessment tools, penetration testing methodologies, and security auditing frameworks.
  • Understanding of security best practices, industry standards, and regulatory requirements related to cyber security, such as the Cyber Essentials framework.
  • Experience with incident response procedures and tools, and ability to coordinate response efforts effectively.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to assess risks and make informed decisions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to convey complex security concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders.


  • Champion and Leader of Change
  • Builds Trust
  • Adaptable Thinker
  • Delivers Outcomes

You can read more about Attributes in Ofwat’s Framework for Success

Alongside your salary of £35,328, Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority) contributes £9,538 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Why you should Join Ofwat:

We are forward-thinking, creative, innovative and ambitious. We actively encourage autonomy, collaboration and innovation and we have a unique culture fostered by trust, flexibility and respect.

We strive to ensure our people feel connected and valued, where their voice matters. You will be provided with the space and support to shape your future while taking greater control of your own growth and development.

In 2023 we were awarded ‘Smarter Working Maturity’ recognition for the way that Ofwat has embraced new and modern ways of working, reflecting the spaces we provide, technology we have deployed and the culture and leadership we have embedded to empower choice and flexibility for our people

You will also benefit from:

  • Generous Civil Service pension with employer contributions rates of around 27%
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing to max 30 with each year of service) plus bank holidays and 2.5 days privilege leave days
  • access to exclusive discounts on a range of goods and services such as retail outlets, theatre tickets, holidays, insurance and gym membership;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • fees paid for membership of relevant professional bodies;
  • up to 3 volunteering days per year
  • generous shared parental leave and pay
  • cycle-to-work scheme;
  • season ticket loan for travel between home and office;
  • regular professional development;
  • health and well-being initiatives

Please read the attached “Candidate Information Pack” to find more about why you should join Ofwat.

Capability Protection Security Advisor

MOD Main Building, London (but see below for information about flexible/ hybrid working)

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team involved with varied and stimulating MOD business, including protection of military capabilities whilst enabling exports that benefit UK prosperity. This post leads on implementing effective Special Access Programme (SAP) security processes for the Strategic Programmes Directorate SAP portfolio. This includes assurance of all internal SAP activity, as well as SAP work being delivered by industry for the Directorate. The job includes coordinating all aspects of security in the Directorate as well as activities to ensure the Capability Protection team functions coherently. To achieve this the team requires people with good interpersonal and organisational skills who can build and maintain effective relationships with diverse partners.

Capability Protection is the collective term for activities undertaken to protect the Operational Advantage (Op Adv) [battle-winning edge] and ensure the Freedom of Action (FoA) to acquire the equipment we need and use it as we choose, which are essential for, and integral to, the effectiveness of our military capability.

The Capability Protection team of 11 is in two parts, Plans and Operations. Its role is to support the development, and implementation, of strategies across Defence and industry to safeguard UK military capability. The principal way of delivering this is by developing, maintaining, and embedding policy and guidance for Capability Protection, as well as advising on industry export license and MOD F680 applications. It also leads on the security (accurate handling and management) of information, including Special Access Programmes (SAP) across the Directorate and its suppliers.

The team is part of the Strategic Programmes Directorate which is responsible for improving the outcomes from our investment in military capability, including international influence and prosperity objectives. We pride ourselves on bringing people together to achieve remarkable things; seeing the bigger picture, identifying, and seizing opportunities, thinking creatively to tackle difficult issues, and proactively helping Defence to understand and make choices.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

The Capability Protection Security Advisor reports to the Assistant Head of Capability Protection (Plans) and leads a team of two; the HEO Security Coordinator and AO Support Assistant. The primary focus relates to the effective development and implementation of Special Access Programme (SAP) security processes for the Strategic Programmes’ portfolio. This is about the efficient administration and assurance of security protocols for all SAP activity, both internally and by industry partners, and includes conducting compliance visits to industry sites. The post holder also works closely with the SAPCO Security lead to ensure that a coherent approach is taken across the MOD SAP portfolio. The post leads on the security aspects of all Capability Protection policies and directs effective routine security behaviours across Strategic Programmes’ workspaces. Finally, it ensures efficient administration and knowledge management to ensure coherence within the team, as well as being responsible for business continuity contingencies.

Person specification

The post holder:

  • Ensures the accurate establishment and functional management of Special Access Programmes (SAP) and other compartmented work to confirm compliance with the SAP handbook. Partners for such work include Strategic Programmes, Military Commands, Defence Equipment & Support, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and industry.
  • Leads compliance visits to industry sites delivering work handled in SAP compartments, ensuring that the physical infrastructure and IT has been accredited, that work is being run in accordance with regulations and that there is evidence of the required security culture and behaviours, providing training and mentorship if required.
  • Provides the secretariat function to ensure effective working of the Strategic Programmes SAP Governance Board. This includes all arrangements for meetings, as well as the preparation and submission of SAP progress reports.
  • Leads on the security aspects of all Capability Protection policies.
  • Directs effective security across Strategic Programmes’ workspaces.
  • Ensures efficient administration and knowledge management to deliver coherence within the team, as well as being responsible for business continuity contingencies.
  • Line manages one Higher Executive Officer and one Administrative Officer.

Essential criteria. You will:

  • have a strong understanding of security policy within the public sector and a proven track record of delivering effective security controls, information assurance and risk management;
  • have good organisational skills to coordinate accurate establishment and functional management of Special Access Programmes, as well as to prepare for and support related review meetings;
  • have good communication skills to build and maintain effective relationships across a broad range of partners;
  • demonstrate excellent collaborative working skills to ensure that security audits, of both Defence and industry, are recognised as supportive rather than punitive;
  • have the ability to identify and translate high level security requirements into realistic action plans, coupled with the credibility to provide authoritative and influential security advice, taking decisions based on relevant information from internal and external sources;
  • be confident using MS Office Applications, particularly Word and Excel.
  • be familiar with wider organisational priorities and understand how they shape our work.

    You must have previous experience in security roles and additional training will be available. You do not need previous knowledge of Capability Protection as this will be developed once in post.

Any experience pertinent to this vacancy should be described in your application. This will be explored in detail during interviews.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to get in touch for further information (contact details below).


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
Alongside your salary of £43,080, Ministry of Defence contributes £11,631 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

Strategic Programmes actively seeks to provide an inclusive working environment which gets the best from every member of our team, and which recognises people for their dedication and integrity. We are a learning organisation in which everyone is encouraged to develop their careers and build knowledge, skills, and experience across the full span of our work. For example, opportunities include on-line training, short courses, apprenticeships, and part-time MBAs.

We seek and encourage diversity of thought, background, experience, and approach. We do not discriminate on any grounds, including disability, race, religion, colour, ethnic or other identity. We recognise that everyone has different personal and family commitments and encourage applications from those who require flexible working patterns. Although the job is based in London, the team has adopted a flexible hybrid working system; there is scope for some work to be done from home. However, you will be expected to attend the office several days a month, to work with the rest of the team and others, as well as to access information not available on a laptop at home. You will regularly be required to attend meetings at other Defence and industry establishments in UK and occasionally overseas.

• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• Inner London Weighting allowance applies (£3000pa).
• Annual leave – up to 30 days.
• A Civil Service pension.

The post does not offer relocation expenses. 

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period. 

Please Note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment however some exemptions are in place, please refer to local guidance. The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

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