Technical Oversight Manager for Land, Maritime and Cross-Modal Security Research

London (Central), London (Greater)
05 Jan 2021
18 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time



About the job

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Technical Oversight Manager for Land, Maritime and Cross-Modal Security Research

Salary: £54,105

Location: London

Could you aid in the implementation of a £6.5 million research programme, delivering a safer transport network?

Would you interested in an exciting position where you can collaborate and engage with national and international stakeholders?

If so, we are looking to recruit within our National Security Science and Research Division and we would love to hear from you!

Job description

Transport Security, Resilience and Response (TSRR) leads on national security matters, ranging from counter terrorism and cyber security to planning for and responding to natural hazards or civil contingencies. We deliver expertise to support security and resilience policy teams whilst also providing the department's 24/7 response for all security or civil contingency incidents. The team works with security and intelligence partners from across government to mitigate risk to the UK’s transport sector.

TSRR is a major player in delivering both the Government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), and the department’s aim for a transport system that works for everyone and balances the needs of society, the environment and the economy. A key factor in that aim is to deliver a safe, secure and resilient transport network, for people and goods, for today and tomorrow.

The Research, Analysis and Development (RAD) Team within the National Security Science and Research (NSSR) Division of TSRR is responsible for providing technical support in the development of policies and regulation that protects transport systems and the travelling public from terrorist attacks. Provision of advice and evidence in underpinned by a circa £6.5M research programme, which the team designs, administers and facilitates the exploitation of.

We are a passionate, friendly, dedicated and supportive team that is committed to ensuring the security of transport, as well as the prosperity of the UK and transport industry. We are internationally renowned as a technical authority on transport security, and have strong collaborations with many international partners, including the US and Europe; and the RAD team works closely with colleagues across the wider government community to ensure effective co-ordination. As such some travel will be required for this role. Under normal circumstances travel within the UK can be up to six times a month, with some international travel, primarily to mainland Europe and the US, up to three times per year.

Additionally, NSSR plays a crucial role in the Department’s emergency response mechanisms. You therefore may be required to participate in the Department’s response to a security or civil contingencies incident. This may include out of hours working on occasion, but we make every effort to allow for your personal circumstances.

Please note – the successful candidate will need to obtain Security Check clearance and be prepared to undertake Developed Vetting once in post.


• Leadership of a team of 6 technical experts (includes 2 secondees), ensuring strategic planning of work priorities, maintaining high motivation in the team and setting clear direction for individual team members on how they contribute to overall team objectives.
• Assess work prioritisation, communication and delivery approach of the team, identifying and implementing opportunities for improvements.
• Manage the land, maritime and cross-modal aspects of the RAD security research programme. Seek to leverage and influence wider national and international work wherever possible to meet departmental aims. Assure the technical quality of all outputs, supporting their exploitation to deliver security outcomes and benefits.
• Co-ordinate high quality technical support and advice to transport security colleagues, providing a sound evidence base for policy decisions.
• Lead DfT technical engagement in national and international bodies, working with the wider team to ensure appropriate representation at all technical fora. Build collaborative relationships with a range of government and international stakeholders to deliver burden-sharing and value for money from RAD investment.
• Lead S&T engagement with key international partners, particularly the US, and European partners; developing relationships and establish common objectives to burden-share through information exchange and collaboration. Influence international direction and decision making using S&T to deliver global improvements in land and maritime security.
• Engage with security equipment manufacturers and transport operators to provide advice on the technical implications of Departmental policy and regulation, and to influence their long-term R&D programmes to meet DfT needs.
• Develop effective working relationship with UK/US Technical Liaison post, ensuring work programme is aligned and capitalises on collaborative opportunities.

About You

You will be a strong team leader and have confidence in your ability to come in and make a real impact within our team where you will lead from the front and drive those around you to achieve the same shared objective. You will strategically plan work priorities by communicating effectively and setting a clear direction.

We will look to you to use your own initiative and be able to translate and convey scientific information to a non-technical audience, expressing information clearly and concisely.
You are someone who gains rapport quickly with others as you build effective working relationships with both colleagues and stakeholders.

You will have confidence in your own expertise and knowledge of scientific topics using your judgement to draw out detail by asking informed questions. You will be proactive by always looking ahead at future activities, projects and events and anticipating needs, problems and possible outcomes.


Formal qualification in a Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subject to at least degree or equivalent level


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Government Science and Engineering Career framework


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

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

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

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The sift is due to take place from 22nd January 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 1st February 2021.

How to apply

For your Personal Statement, in no more than 750 words, please explain why you are suitable for this role, focussing on your ability to lead technical teams, communicate complex scientific information in an accessible manner and align your activities to wider strategic priorities.

Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate their technical experience and skills against the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework; in particular, Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and presentation

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Tom Salter Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website at

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