82348 - Security Profession Associate

The national salary range is £32,827 - £35,678, London salary range is £37,174 - £40,403. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
London, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Leeds , London
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.
Full Time, Flexible Working

About the job

This position is based nationally.

Job description

Security Profession Associate (HEO)

The role  

The MoJ Information Security Team sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice, one of the largest departments in government, supporting over 80,000 users and helping to secure services at the heart of the justice system. The team works to enable good security practices through the provision of security policies, guidance, education and understanding cyber security risks from all parts of the Ministry of Justice and the wider Justice sector. It also provides assurance to the departmental Senior Information Risk Owner, the Permanent Secretary and other senior stakeholders, that identified risks are being effectively managed in the delivery of MoJ objectives. 

The Head of the Security Profession is responsible for security roles across the department – supporting colleagues within the local team and security teams in Digital and Technology, HMCTS and Arm’s Length Bodies. The Security Profession Associate will support the Head of Security Profession by providing leadership and development expertise within the local team and teams more widely across MoJ.

You will be tasked with supporting security colleagues with their professional development, skills gap analysis and fulfilling their career aspirations and potential. Additionally, you will support line managers and team leaders with their own security responsibilities, helping to build and develop expert teams, by supporting recruitment activities, and expanding our talent pipeline by aiding schemes such as cyber apprenticeships and the cyber–Fast Stream. 

All members of the team are expected to help develop the MoJ Security Function as a centre of excellence for the department and to contribute to building a brilliant and diverse team that is a welcoming place for all.

Main Responsibilities

Learning & Development (L&D)  

  • Support L&D strategy to develop high performing security teams.
  • Assess current and future requirements, including gaps in capability, and identify L&D interventions to meet them in line with the organisation’s strategic direction. 
  • Monitor and evaluate courses and learning opportunities for relevance and value for money.
  • Build relationships and form a strong understanding of all MoJ security teams to identify L&D opportunities within the department.
  • Ensure alignment of L&D strategies with security good practices. 

Talent Development  

  • Work with security teams to enhance the talent management framework for security.
  • Enhance security leadership by providing advice and support to projects, services and people managers. 
  • Support the growth of new talent, by coordinating development posts (apprentices, fast streamers, placements, CyberFirst etc) and being responsible for the individuals, arranging suitable placements for them across the department.


  • Provide leadership and guidance, through supporting line management (or scheme equivalent) to developments roles.
  • Find innovating ways to create a truly inclusive security profession, through novel recruitment and retention ideas, and supporting individuals from the widest possible range of backgrounds and circumstances to success within the MoJ security profession. Find opportunities for direct engagement with potential sources of future talent – such as outreach to schools and veterans programmes.
  • Testing and refining induction and training packs for all Government Security Profession staff across the Ministry.
  • Provide support to members of the security profession working across the MoJ, creating forums for collaboration and communication.   
  • Build links across government to ensure that the MoJ Profession is influential in cross government networks and is taking full advantage of the available schemes. 

You will also  

  • Encourage a learning culture within the security teams. 
  • Build awareness of the training that the profession offers and track individual and collective progress.
  • Identify opportunities for skilled colleagues to receive specialist training to support their development.  
  • Contribute to building the profile of security within the MoJ.
  • Support business and cultural change.



  • Experience and knowledge of how to grow skills and capabilities in a complex organisation.
  • Experience in learning and development role.
  • Excellent communication and personal engagement skills with an ability to build links with disparate areas of an organisation.


  • An awareness of and interest in security topics.
  • Experience in personal capability framework establishment and delivery. 
  • Experience developing training programmes. 



  • Communicating and influencing
  • Developing self and others
  • Seeing the bigger Picture


  • Working together
  • Changing and improving
  • Managing a quality service

This is not an exclusive or exhaustive list, and the post holder will be required to perform additional duties reasonably expected of them within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence and training.

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.

Selection Process

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete:

  • A CV detailing your job history, qualifications and skills
  • A statement if suitability (Personal Statement - maximum 1000 words)
  • Provide evidence of the (lead) behaviour Developing Self and Others (250 words maximum)

The statement of suitability should be aligned to demonstrate your skills and experience for the role and how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job description.


Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Developing Self and Others. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to interview. 

Sift and interview dates, as well as the interview location to be confirmed. 


If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on your experience and the three essential behaviours.


New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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.

Likely to be week commencing 15th January - dates will be confirmed once the sift has been completed.

09/01/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com 

Please quote the job reference - 82348.

Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

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.

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

Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Developing Self and Others - 250 word limit
Seeing the Big Picture - 250 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing, may be held if a large number of applications are received. If a large number of applications remain after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Communicating and Influencing
Developing Self and Others
Seeing the Big Picture
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

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 job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.