64530 - Security Practice Manager

The national salary range is £39,674 - £45,625, London salary range is £42,141 - £49,939. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
Please note: Some of our MoJ Office locations, such as our Liverpool Justice Collaboration Centre, require higher levels of National Security Vetting. The MoJ is working to open more Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices over time. Click here to learn more about where our currently open Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices are, to identify where you may be based and understand National Security Vetting requirements of each location.
Band 7
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Business Management & Improvement, Other, Security

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

The Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) was designed 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 risk and providing and enhancing capabilities in prisons, probation and youth custody to counter them. RaCU sits within the Directorate of Security.

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

These are all ‘Capabilities’ and give people the tools to achieve.

Overview of the job       

This role sits in the newly formed Security Risk Unit in SOCT. 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. 

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. Our focus is to create a modern security culture throughout the organisation. 

This is a national post, regular attendance to meetings in London and occasional travel across the HMPPS estate will be required. 

The job holder will report directly to the Head of Security Practice and there is the potential to hold responsibility for managing a small number of staff. 

The Security Practice Manager is a non-operational role.


  • The post holder will be expected to lead and direct the implementation of their dossier, as well as supporting the wider design of a proactive and outward looking practice/learning function to ensure effective delivery of operational security.
  • The role will be responsible for identifying, researching, assessing, building and communicating effective practice to drive improved outcomes in security performance within HMPPS.
  • The post holder will hold responsibility for raising awareness of effective security practice and communicating this effectively to different target audiences at local, regional and national levels.
  • The role will also lead on projects and bespoke pieces of work on behalf of SRU and SOCT Directorate.
  • The post holder will require strong written and communication skills to engage with a wide range of customers to promote effective security practice. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to deliver at pace are vital. The individual will be required to develop and support a range of initiatives, whilst maintaining attention to detail and delivering high quality products. The successful candidate will have a passion for making a difference and will enjoy the challenge of learning about current and changing practices. The post holder will feel comfortable to make informed and effective decisions on what the service should do to build its knowledge base on security standards.
  • 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 and Duties     

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

  • To effectively drive forward allocated security practice work-stream.
  • To promote the work of the Directorate and Unit internally and externally.
  • To be a point of contact for all secure settings under HMPPS with regards to operational security practice.
  • To lead on identifying, researching, assessing and building security practice standards across HMPPS.
  • To drive forwards a corporate security knowledge base to inform strategic decision-making by identifying key trends, reviewing recommendations and sharing procedural or thematic learning.
  • To effectively communicate security practice to different target audiences through varying tools such as intranet, bulletins, workshops, learning days etc.
  • To develop and undertake a range of security related research activities to support the work of the Directorate.
  • To ensure that security practice is underpinned by evidence based learning and ongoing evaluation.
  • To lead and develop the security capability needs of frontline staff.
  • To provide advice and guidance to the Directorate and other parts of the organisation on all matters of operational security practice.
  • To build relationships with the operational line, HMPPS HQ and MoJ teams relevant to designated areas of work.
  • To engage with and build a network of internal and external security experts to effectively deal with queries from operational staff.
  • To engage with internal and external partners and other government organisations to identify current and new effective security standards and share learning across HMPPS.
  • To engage with and build relationships with other jurisdictions, government departments, universities and research centres to identify applicable learning and partnerships for HMPPS.
  • To potentially hold line management responsibility for a small number of staff.

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
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Essential Experience     

  • Producing high quality reports and communications
  • Ability to evaluate information and evidence

Technical Requirements

  • Understanding of conducting research, evaluation and analysis – ability to gather, review and assess various sources of data and identify solutions and recommendations
  • Understanding of or awareness of psychology and/or behavioural science


  • Your ability and potential to perform to the required standard will be assessed during application and an interview

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

To Be Confirmed

29/09/2022, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 64530.

For more information about this role, please contact RiskandCapabilitiesUnit@justice.gov.uk.

Security Clearance (SC)

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour. The chosen lead behaviour for this campaign is Changing and Improving.
if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Making Effective Decisions - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Please note that in the event of a large number of applications being received we may run the initial sift on the lead behaviour of Changing and Improving.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Changing and Improving
Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Delivering at Pace
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.