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Information Technology

Head of Security Profession – 61994
£50,427 – £63,500


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:

The role

The Head of Security Profession will be tasked with supporting the development and application of Security Skills by supporting the professional development of everyone working in security roles in the MoJ from security apprentices to established security team colleagues. The aim is to support colleagues in security roles across the department to fulfil their career aspirations and potential while contributing to the mission of the MoJ. 

You will be helping line managers and team leads with security responsibilities build and develop expert teams, both through support to recruitment activities, continuous learning and development, and through expanding our talent pipeline with support to schemes such as cyber apprenticeships and the cyber fast stream. 

You will be the line manager (or scheme equivalent) for development roles – such as cyber apprentices, fast streamers, summer students etc, – arranging suitable placements for them across the entire department. 

In this role will be responsible for the security profession across the department – supporting roles within the local team, but also in other security teams in Digital and Technology, HMCTS, and Arms Length Bodies. Your work will help to build a strong, expert, professional and pragmatic security culture for the profession . 


Learning & Development (L&D)

  • Create and deliver a L&D strategy to develop high performing cyber security teams and work with line managers and job holders to deliver suitable learning pathways and development programmes. Ensure that these link effectively to cross-government skills and capability strategies.
  • Assess current and future requirements and gaps in capability, and commission L&D interventions to meet them in line with the organisation’s strategic direction.
  • Ensure all programmes and plans are measurable and deliver value for money, for example by assessing and evaluating alignment with cyber security good practices. 

Talent Development

  • Work with Security team leads and the senior management team to Implement a talent management framework for security roles focussed on experiential development, thereby establishing and maintaining service continuity and effective leadership.
  • Enhance security leadership at every level through development and delivery of high-quality capability programmes and provision of advice and support to programmes, projects, services and people managers.
  • Support the development of new talent, by coordinating development posts (apprentices, fast streamers, placements, CyberFirst etc) – being responsible for the individuals and placing them into suitable placements across the department. 


  • Provide leadership and guidance to the cyber security team, building capacity and capability and play a valued role in our organisation wide Senior Leadership Team and throughout MOJ
  • Finding innovating ways to create a truly representative security profession, through novel recruitment and retention ideas, and supporting individuals from the widest possible range of backgrounds and circumstances to success within the MoJ security profession. Finding opportunities for direct engagement with potential sources of future talent – such as outreach to schools and veterans programmes.
  • Engage with cross government programmes such as the Apprenticeship and Fast Stream schemes to ensure the right placements are set up for the team.
  • Provide advice and support to senior stakeholders in areas of employee development
  • Provide support to members of the security profession working across the MoJ. Create forums for collaboration between members of the profession.
  • Add value by using L&D to meet short- and long-term business needs.
  • Build links across government to ensure that the MoJ Profession is strongly linked to cross government networks and is taking full advantage of the schemes available 

You will also

  • Enable a Learning Culture within the security teams
  • Guide the apprenticeship candidates on their apprenticeship journey
  • Support fast streamers and cyber first students during their placements at the MoJ
  • Ensure the level of competency, quality and training of the various professions
  • Build awareness of the training that the profession offers and track individual and collective progress
  • Ensure skilled colleagues receive the specialist training required to support their development
  • Contribute to building the profile of security within the MOJ and wider
  • Support business and cultural change 



  • An understanding of how to grow skills and capabilities in a complex organisation
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring staff
  • An interest in security topics
  • Good communication skills and an ability to build links with disparate areas of an organisation 


  • Experience in Cyber Security knowledge development and delivery.
  • Experience in personal capability establishment and delivery.
  • Experience developing training programmes. 



  • Leading and communicating
  • Changing and improving
  • Building capability for all
  • Collaborating and partnering 


  • Delivering value for money
  • Managing a quality service
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Making effective decisions


The national salary range is £50,427 - £59,000, London salary range is £54,274 - £63,500. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s 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.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

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.


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


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

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: