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Personnel Security and Vetting Administration Officer – 62307
£25,118 – £30,324


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:

In the event that we receive a high number of applications we may sift based solely on the responses provided in the Personal Statement.

Role Purpose 

MOJ Group Security is looking to recruit an Administration Officer to support us in the delivery of a high-quality Personnel Security and National Security Vetting (NSV) service to the wider MOJ estate.

The post holder will be responsible for providing high quality administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the department, as well as supporting the effective delivery of small system changes across a range of business processes, which are vital in ensuring the MoJ Group Security are able to effectively manage the personnel security issues across MoJ including the delivery of National Security Vetting (NSV) services in conjunction with our vetting provider, Cluster 2 Security.

The role is part of the Government Security Profession (GSP) and sits within the Personnel Security specialism. GSP is one of the recognised career progressions within the Civil Service and offers a challenging and rewarding career.

Although experience in personnel security or National Security Vetting is preferred it is not essential. This role is also suitable for career changers, graduates, returnees to work, amongst others, there really is no single ‘type’ of person who can succeed in this role.

If you do not currently work inside the Government Security Profession or the Civil Service but feel you have the transferable skills to succeed in this role, then please consider putting yourself forward.

Main Activities / Responsibilities

This is an ‘admin heavy’ role in a busy department so we are looking for the right candidate to help us deliver on our objectives. The job holder will be required to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality administrative support to the department and relevant senior managers
  • Ensure that the MoJ Group Security Team mailbox is managed appropriately and that all queries are responded to in a timely manner
  • Maintain the National Security Vetting Contact list and the National Security Vetting Matrix
  • Support the Personnel Security Advisor in delivery of National Security Vetting Contact and Insider Risk training sessions, working towards being able to deliver sessions independently.
  • Provide secretariat function in support of any governance process or steering groups established in support of personnel security, including maintaining the personnel security actions logs and risk register
  • Support the team in the development, implementation and management of automated processes.
  • Support effective communications of policies, processes and guidance to all relevant stakeholders
  • Assume responsibility for updates Intranet pages, policies and processes
  • Record and manage security incidents and trends
  • Assess and approve policy dispensation requests, such as Residency and onboarding at risk
  • Administrate the department’s security incident management tool (Surecloud)
  • Contribute to the effective planning, delivery of other projects and administrative tasks, as necessary
  • Continually explore and undertake personal and professional development opportunities

Person Specification:

Essential Skills

  • Experience of and a high level of competence in, administrative tasks gained through working in an office-based or other relevant environment (private/public sector).
  • Experience of stakeholder management and customer service provision.
  • An understanding of the principles of data protection and a strong commitment to confidentiality and discretion when handling sensitive personal or organisational data.
  • A high level of competence with MS Office365 products, including MS Word and MS Excel.
  • A proven ability to deliver an ‘at volume’ service consistently and at pace, whilst adhering to service and policy standards.
  • A willingness to undergo National Security Vetting in order to achieve SC, including ongoing adherence to the standards and behaviours expected of a clearance holder.


  • A background in personal security, particularly a knowledge of National Security Vetting processes and administration tasks.
  • Qualifications and/or experience with Microsoft Power Automate.
  • Experience in delivering presentations, training, and briefings in a professional environment.


The national salary range is £25,118 - £26,901, London salary range is £28,313 - £30,324. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

The majority of the team is currently based in London, however, the successful candidate may choose one of the MOJ’s Justice Collaboration Centres (JCCs) or Justice Satellite Offices (JSOs) as their home office. Current locations outside of London include offices which are in or near to Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff, Brighton and South Tyneside. 

Please be aware that this role is not available as a fully remote working position and you will need to attend an MOJ office regularly, though some hybrid working is possible. You should anticipate working from an office at least two days per week. 

If you are based outside London then you may occasionally be required to attend London HQ. This is likely to be no more than once per month. Some travel to other regional offices may also be needed, but infrequently. 

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: