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Security Risk Manager – 57985
£42,626 – £55,302


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:

Who are we?

The Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) within the Directorate of Security is dedicated to identifying and prioritising security risks, and providing and enhancing capabilities in prisons, probation and youth custody to counter them.

‘Capabilities’covers a wide spectrum of support and interventions. For example, technological or physical advances to detect, prevent usage of, or disable illicit items, training and skilling, clear and constant learning communications; as well as our contemporary security procedures and practice improvement to enable staff to perform their duties consistently well.

Overview of the job

The Security Risk Manager identifies, monitors and manages live operational security risks affecting prisons and other secure HMPPS settings at both an organisational and local level . The Risk Manager works collaboratively with HQ teams and staff across these premises to ensure live and emerging security risks are monitored, managed and mitigated.

The post is non-operational.


  • This role sits in the Risk and Capability Unit (RaCU) within SOCT. The unit’s objectives are to ensure HMPPS is managing its security risks effectively, to identify live, new and emerging security risks, prioritise and plan responses to those risks and provide the organisation with a library of knowledge for security practice.
  • Security Risk Managers are based nationally. Each risk manager is responsible for the identification, reporting and management of operational security risks across the HMPPS premises. The posts require frequent travel to prisons and probation premises and other locations for meetings.
  • There are 10 Security Risk Managers covering a range of thematic areas and key delivery areas.
  • The job holders report to the Head of Operational Countermeasures. There is no requirement for risk managers to be operational however direct experience of an operational role would be advantageous. Post holders will be expected to manage their own workload and will be required to work outside core office hours to respond to live security issues. The post will carry line management responsibility for 1-2 staff who may be located in other base locations.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

  • Visit HMPPS premises as directed frequently. Work collaboratively with local staff to develop controls for live security risks.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with frontline staff, becoming a single point of contact for security information requests.
  • Establish links to subject matter experts and liaise with these partners to offer deliverable solutions to live risks and issues.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of concepts underpinning risk management in order to communicate confidently on the subject.
  • Establish a ‘live picture’ of security risks across their thematic lead area and develop strategies in order to prioritise areas of work.
  • Manage time effectively; balancing contact time with establishments and other commitments to maximise their impact on live risk areas.
  • Establish a presence at regional and national commitments; attending the tasking and heads of security meeting and establishing both as focal points for security risk management in the thematic area.
  • Contribute towards the design and introduction of a standardised process for risk reporting to feed into a central structure for determining priority areas of work.
  • Attend post-incident debriefs and support recovery planning.
  • Complete vulnerability and risk assessments to interrogate and assess establishment’s susceptibility to operational security risks.
  •  Act as a critical friend to establishments, cross reference local and central data sources to form an objective view of live security risks, their scale and impact.
  • Act as a risk champion and promote the development of a professionalised and evidence-based security risk management approach.

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.


  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Working Together


  • Experience of influencing senior stakeholders.
  • Operational experience is beneficial but not essential.
  • Experience of project working and working remotely would be beneficial.


  • Some understanding of prison and probation operations.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), leadership and partnership working skills.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to develop and manage a quality service, including the ability to design new products suitable to a specific operational context.


The national salary range is £42,626 - £51,154, London salary range is £44,898 - £55,302. 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.

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

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

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 provides 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 the 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. 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: