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Security, Technology and Capability Officer – 62513
£27,697 – £35,324


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:

Overview of the job

This role sits in the Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) in the Directorate of Security.

RaCU (Risk and Capabilities Unit) was formed in October 2020 by the merging of Security Countermeasures Unit and Security Risk Unit to form a single unit dedicated to identifying and prioritising security risks.

The Unit’s objectives are to ensure HMPPS is robustly managing its live and emerging security risks, developing a learning culture and ensuring those working in operational settings are knowledgeable and trained to deliver effective security. The unit enhances capabilities in prisons, probation and youth custody to counter security risks.

The term ‘capabilities’ covers a wide spectrum of support and interventions, including technological and physical equipment such as x-ray scanners, phone detection and blocking, and metal detection. Other support includes staff training; clear and consistent learning communications; and improvements to procedures and policies to enable staff to perform their duties well. These are all ‘capabilities’ and give people the tools to succeed.

The Security, Technology and Capability Officer will be responsible for assisting the development and delivery of innovative security technology initiatives to staff within operational settings. The role will involve training and advising operational colleagues to improve capability across the estate and promote effective use of specialist equipment.

This is a national role and the postholder may be located anywhere in the UK. Regular travel and overnight stays are required for meetings in London and to provide support across HMPPS establishments.

This currently is a Band 5 non-operational role.

There is the potential to hold responsibility for managing a member of staff.


The postholder will be responsible for a portfolio of work to support the development and delivery of security capability initiatives for staff based in HMPPS operational settings.

The role has both a development and delivery element. In addition to delivering training, the postholder will provide subject matter expertise to inform training content and support prison staff to learn and develop operational security skills.

The role can be fast-paced and the postholder should possess strong organisational and communication skills.

Security technology includes, but is not limited to, X Ray technology such as baggage scanners and body scanners. Mobile phone detection and blocking equipment.

Metal detection equipment and Drone detection technology.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

  • To assist in the development and delivery of targeted, bespoke, holistic security up-skilling packages and deployments, ongoing developments and initiatives associated with security technology to operational colleagues.
  • To provide security technology capability training and support to operational colleagues in prisons to enhance knowledge and competence across the estate and promote best practice .
  • To produce, monitor and review training and initiatives within designated work portfolio to ensure they are effective and promote learning objectives.
  • To develop their own knowledge in security technology their own area of expertise and other areas of responsibility. This includes keeping abreast of developments in technology or changes in prisoner practice that may impact on advice or training provided.
  • To build good working relationships and support operational colleagues to ensure the successful implementation and embedding of security learning.
  • To be a point of contact for prison staff for areas of designated responsibility.
  • To plan and schedule a variety of delivery programmes in response to demand and business need as required.
  • To effectively communicate security practice to the prison estate to promote the learning and development of skills.
  • To utilise effective training resources to optimise delivery.

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.


  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Essential Experience

  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to demonstrate effective time management.
  • Strong understanding of operational settings and deployments of security technology within such settings.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Forensic attention to detail.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Experience:

  • Delivery of training methods including multimedia and blended learning approaches.
  • An awareness of evaluating learning outcomes.


  • Ability to effectively and confidently deliver training and security initiatives and develop relevant learning material.
  • Ability and potential to perform to the required standard will be assessed during application and on interview.


The national salary range is £27,697 - £31,176, London salary range is £30,124 - £35,324. 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: