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Security Risk Support – 43148
£19,531 - £25,861


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Overview of the job

  • This role sits in the Security Risk Unit. Its objectives are to ensure HMPPS is managing its security risks effectively; identify new and emerging security risks; prioritise and plan responses to those risks; and provide the organisation with a library of knowledge for security practice. Strong risk management, risk resilience and risk practice will support HMPPS in better assessing security risks and the Agency’s tolerance to risk.
  • This role is a support role and the job holder will be required to support one of two teams within the Security Risk Unit; the Security Practice Team or the Risk Resilience Team. Considering the rapidly changing nature of security, the post holder will be expected to be able to work interchangeably or across both teams if necessary.
  • The Security Practice Team within the Security Risk Unit seeks to create a centre of excellence in security standards and ensure HMPPS becomes a ‘learning’ organisation. To achieve this, the team will focus on three areas – practice management, practice review and practice development. To embed and manage effective practice, we will create a central security knowledge hub to collate and analyse data from a range of sources. Through the hub, key areas for learning and support will be identified and shared with the estate. We will also seek to improve engagement and communications with the frontline through regular security updates, thematic bulletins and a secure information portal. To review our practice, we will undertake both light touch and deep dive assessments to national security risks to identify our vulnerabilities and consider opportunities for improvement. To develop and refine our security practice we will ensure staff have the capability needed to ensure security underlines their work and provides the foundation for rehabilitation. We will also explore new approaches to security including the use of behavioural insights. Our focus is to create a modern security culture throughout the organisation.
  • The Risk Resilience Team works to ensure the organisation is successfully identifying and prioritising new security risks, enabling HMPPS to become more proactive in its approach to managing security. The team will help determine the current operational resilience and tolerance to emerging risks, and where a vulnerability exists, begin building HMPPS resilience to prioritised risks through engagement with the relevant stakeholders and providing recommendations on response plans.
  • This is a national post, regular attendance to meetings in London and occasional travel across the HMPPS estate will be required.
  • This post holds no line manager responsibilities.
  • This is a non-operational post.


  • Security Practice – This is a role intended to support the design and implementation of a proactive and outward looking practice/learning function to ensure effective delivery of operational security. The role will be involved in identifying, researching, building and communicating current and new practice and operational standards to drive improved outcomes in security performance within HMPPS.
  • Risk Resilience – The post holder will be required to support a team of Resilience Managers building resilience to priority security risks, by helping to gather the information needed to make assessments about security risks. This role will involve gathering and assessing a wide range of information from multiple sources and then extracting and surmising the information to help the team achieve its objectives. The post holder will need to be aware of different research and analysis methodologies needed to help the team make effective decisions on the risks that can be tolerated or those that require mitigating actions.
  • The post holder will be required to demonstrate the values that guide our work when dealing with colleagues and external bodies at all levels, in all transactions. SRU’s values are creativity, communication, integrity, effectiveness, purpose and teamwork. We continue to be a values-driven organisation and will use these to set a common standard for behaviour and set expectations around how we interact with one another.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

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

  • To identify, research, build and communicate current and new practice and operational standards to drive improved outcomes in security performance within HMPPS.
  • To research, analyse and evaluate information to support the unit in understanding emerging security risks or gaps in current practice.
  • To take responsibility for raising awareness of future security risks and communicating these effectively within the Security Risk Unit.
  • To support the team in ensuring the work being delivered is fit for purpose and supports the operational line.
  • To forge relationships with partners from across Government, law enforcement agencies and with MoJ and HMPPS colleagues, as well as developing a network of academics and industry specialists to develop our security and resilience capability.
  • To support proactive and outward looking resilience and security practice functions to ensure the effective delivery of both functions.
  • To support the monitoring of the impact of the resilience measures implemented by the team to help reassess the trajectory of the risk.

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.


For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:

  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Showing Drive and Resilience

Essential Skills, Qualifications, Accreditation & Registration      


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Ability to deliver at pace, multi-task and manage pressing deadlines
  • Experience of producing written reports which summarise key findings


  • An understanding of criminal justice

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

-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 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.