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Head of Regional Intelligence Unit – 35872
£53,267 - £63,920
Multiple Locations


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Overview of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for managing one of5 Regional Intelligence Units (RIUs), which form part of a the National Intelligence Unit. The post holder will work closely with the 4 other Heads of Regional Intelligence Units, and counterparts in National Units.
  • The RIUs support HMPPS operational requirements for quality assured strategic and tactical intelligence collection (including covert capabilities), development and analysis which look across prison and probation contexts at ‘high priority’ offenders, offending groups and operational security vulnerabilities.
  • The 5 RIUs operate at a ‘sub-national’ level, bridging the gap between national and local level intelligence mechanisms. The RIUs provide mechanisms to engage HMPPS operational delivery arms and existing intelligence capabilities in prioritising intelligence work, ‘tasking out’ intelligence development work to the appropriate intelligence functions in HMPPS or through law enforcement partners, and supporting HMPPS and law enforcement operations in coordinating the deployment of resources to respond to identified threats in the area.
  • The RIUs Units provide professional support and advice to intelligence managers and analysts in HMPPS operating at local levels.
  • The Intelligence Units also deliver capability to assist the NPS with intelligence development, in accordance with NPS and Agency priorities, and the appropriate use of intelligence as part of the risk assessment process to support risk management decisions. This capability will also ensure effective intelligence sharing and development between probation, prisons and law enforcement partners on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Units will work with public and private sector prisons, the National Probation Service (headquarters resource in the ‘regions’ (aligned to threats of Counter Terrorism, Corruption and, in time Serious and Organised Crime), and law enforcement partners based in Regional Organised Crime Units (including National Crime Agency staff), Counter Terrorism Units and local forces.
  • This post will report to the Head of Intelligence Operations, who in turn reports to the Head of Intelligence in the Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism Directorate.
  • The posts are based in the relevant RIU. Occasional travel to HMPPS headquarters, and regular travel to prison establishments, probation local delivery units, other prison regional offices and National Probation Service Division offices as well as law enforcement partners’ offices may be required.
  • The post has no operational requirement. However an understanding of prisons and probation operations and intelligence functions, and/or that of law enforcement would be an advantage.


  • This is a rare opportunity to manage a developing function within HMPPS, and the post holder will play a key role in building a professional intelligence management and analytical service for the Agency.
  • The post holder will need to get to grips quickly with the particular circumstances in their area (intelligence capabilities and functions within HMPPS and in law enforcement partners are varied and developing in different ways). An ability, therefore, to hold a significant degree of complexity and ambiguity will be required as the Intelligence Unit operating model continues to develop.
  • The post holder will be expected to seek out opportunities to innovate and continually improve the service, working in partnership with a wide range of internal and external partners to overcome both practical and cultural barriers to joint working. The post holder will therefore require excellent communication skills to engage with a wide range of partners at senior levels within HMPS, with law enforcement partners, and the Security Services.
  • In the first instance the post holder will have line management responsibility for a Proactive Intelligence Manager (Band 8) 3 x Senior Intelligence Analysts (Band 7) , and a team of intelligence analysts, proactive intelligence officers and researchers. Staffing levels may increase over time, subject to funding, which could increase analytical capacity or require the addition of new intelligence-related functions and capabilities.
  • This is not an operational post, but requires a good understanding of operational world, from a HMPPS and/or law enforcement perspective.
  • The post holder must act with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and champion these qualities in others. They must be vetted to Security Check (SC) standards. As HMPPS capabilities emerge, there may be a requirement for vetting to DV standards.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

As one of 5 Heads of Regional Intelligence Units, your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Taking lead responsibility for implementing the Intelligence Unit operating model, as well as contributing to the design overall. The operating model includes intelligence management systems, procedures, standardised products, standard ‘tasking and coordination’ mechanisms, a quality assurance programme (for analytical work and information handling), and a system to monitor the impact of intelligence analytical work;
  • The smooth running of intelligence collection, development and analysis processes, including strategic and tactical ‘tasking and coordination’ meetings within your area;
  • The delivery of quality assured intelligence analytical products for your area, in relation to ‘high priority’ offenders, offending groups or security vulnerabilities;
  • Providing advice and professional guidance to intelligence managers and analysts in your area (including those outside your line management), as well as to law enforcement partners;
  • Contributing to the development of intelligence policies, and providing guidance to support the effective implementation of policy;
  • Deliver an emerging capability to assist the National Probation Service with intelligence development and the appropriate use of intelligence; and
  • Building and maintaining productive working relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders, facilitating effective flows of information between national and local intelligence mechanisms, and with intelligence partners

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the 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 similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.


Setting Direction:

Changing & Improving:

Delivering Results:

Managing a Quality Service; Delivering at Pace

Engaging People:

Collaborating and Partnering; Building Capability for All

NOMS Specific Skills and Behaviours:

Acts with Integrity.


Knowledge of intelligence structures, working practices and operating environment of NOMS and law enforcement partners.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.