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19 Apr 2021

Full-Time SDA Security Advisor

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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£33,150 – £39,000 per annum (plus benefits).

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The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

Corporate Services offers a challenging and stimulating variety of work in both delivery and support teams. The function utilises the expertise of eight specialisms that collectively enable the operational day-to-day running of the business to ensure that the SDA delivers its objectives and maintains compliance with the requirements of being part of a Department of State. We cover: Business Support; Comms, Media & Marketing; Infrastructure & Estate Management; Policy Profession; Sales & Disposals; Occupational Health, Safety & Environment; Quality Management; and Security.

Job description

This exciting role as the Dreadnought Alliance Project Security Advisor can be located at either of our offices in Filton, Bristol or Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. You will be challenged with a varied and highly responsible role, ensuring all security risk is appropriately mitigated through the delivery of suitable security controls to ensure the uncompromised delivery of the Dreadnought SSBN programme. This responsibility also spans to supporting the Dreadnought Supply & Support Team (DSST).

As a Dreadnought Security Advisor, you will support the effective delivery of security controls across a large, complex submarine programme. You will provide comprehensive security advice to the team on project-related matters, capture and manage risk mitigations, and assure the compliance standards of our industry partners. You will also be responsible for delivering and maintaining a comprehensive security culture improvement plan. All of this will be supported by a robust work ethic and a solid understanding of MOD security policy.

Due to the nature of this role, this position is open to Sole UK Nationals only.


Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

• Alignment with relevant regulation, policy and standards to provide proportional, practical advice, tailored to the project environment, and advising relevant stakeholders on security risk.

• Ensuring security effect is delivered in alignment with organisational objectives and standards.

• Identifying, capturing and mitigating security risk for risk owners via detailed security risk management and risk-mitigation plans.

• Advising the organisation on how to deliver balanced and cost-effective security outcomes in situations with complex scope or significant risk.

• Manage a small, high-performing team under your leadership and guidance in delivering transactional work around assuring all staff within the Alliance & DSST are appropriately security cleared and indoctrinated for access to Defence Nuclear Information.

• Understand the business’ risk appetite, capturing security risk through the identification of security vulnerabilities delivering/managing appropriate mitigations.

• Develop and maintain comprehensive stakeholder network across Defence and our industry partners, predominantly BAE Submarines and RR Submarines. Establish a mutually supportive relationship with our submarine acquisition partners within the Astute and SSNR in order to provide consistency in mutually aligned functional areas.

• Understand submarine infrastructure requirements and steer complex security improvement projects in close collaboration with our industry partners. Advise on and assure operational security requirements to validate our suppliers’ proposals.

• Plan and deliver security culture improvement initiatives through security education and training.

• Draft, on behalf of the Alliance Head of Security, Security Aspects Letters (SALs) that deliver the appropriate security requirements in support of commercial contracts against our suppliers.

• Drawing on your extensive security experience, address routine requests for security approvals within the Alliance, DSST and supply chain.

• Deliver the appropriate security controls around the protection of highly sensitive information, both hard and soft copy. Work closely with the InfoSec team to ensure cyber risks are mitigated to an appropriate standard.

• Oversee security assurance activities, holding our suppliers to account in conforming to accepted security conditions issued in the SAL. This will include regular spot checks against KPIs, ensuring value for money is achieved against the appropriate security posture.

• Influence senior staff to imbue a robust security culture in themselves and within their teams. Achieve this by maintaining rapport, displaying empathy and, importantly, gaining their trust through demonstrable security professionalism.

• Draft reports, presentations and guidance documents as needed in support of the business.

• Understanding where your role fits into the wider strategic objectives of the Alliance. Be objectives-driven and team orientated.

• Demonstrate effective time management, be able to work under pressure.

• Have a positive, ambitious and forward-thinking manner using your own initiative and working with minimal supervision.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• A security background in Defence or other Industry or Government Department
• Level 5 Security Management Qualification or equivalent, or in-depth relevant experience.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Professional qualifications / accreditations – MsyI or WINS
• Training or qualifications in one of the following: CPNI security standards, Security Risk Management, Audit and/or assurance, Project Management or Change management

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Personnel Security
• Security Governance
• Changing and improving
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Corporate Services Group (CSG) is pivotal in enabling effective business operations. We are a professional body of people who undertake a diverse range of challenging activities which are integral to Defence procurement and support. CSG are represented in every area of the organisation enabling the successes of DE&S.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 3rd May 2021 Please click here to apply 

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Defence, SDA, and Security Advisor. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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