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Defence Digital Project Support Officer - Corsham

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HM Land Registry

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£35,290

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£35,290
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Employment type:

Part Time

About the Job

Job Summary

This role is based within Defence Digital which is the part of UK StratCom. UK Strategic Command (UKStratCom) supports the Ministry of Defence by making sure that joint capabilities such as medical services, training and education, intelligence and information systems are developed and managed across all 5 domains (Land, Sea, Air, Space and Cyber) and also manages overseas joint operations.

As part of Defence Digital, you will build and deliver services that have a real-life impact on the security and protection of the UK. You’ll become part of a supportive team doing important work that can’t be found anywhere else.

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This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Strategic Command is going through a significant transformation programme which aims to improve the way the Command conducts its business and delivers for Defence and the nation. As a consequence of this, all posts within Strategic Command Headquarters and in time the wider organisation, are/will be subject to review and potential changes as we continuously improve across the period of the transformation programme. These changes may be minor or could be more substantive and will generate new opportunities. Throughout, the Command’s transformation programme is committed to following the MOD’s framework on managing and supporting people through the change process and places an emphasis on early and open consultation and engagement with the Command’s personnel and Trade Unions.

Job Description

We are advertising for a Project Support Officer who will support Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) capabilities.

PNT is an area of growing importance both within Defence and across Government. It underpins many of our everyday activities such as using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to allow us to get from one place to another and to provide accurate timing to synchronise our communication networks and cryptographic systems. A national PNT Office has been established to develop a cross-Government position regarding national PNT requirements and Defence is actively supporting this work.

To see why this work is so important for national security and resilience see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/satellite-derived-time-and-position-blackett-review

In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that the joint PNT requirements are represented in current and future Defence projects. You will work with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside of Defence, including operators from the single Services, scientists from DSTL, project managers and engineers in Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) delivery teams, industrial partners and other government departments.

Current initiatives that are in various phases of implementation include: state-of-the-art, assured GNSS receiver modules for integration into aircraft, maritime platforms, handheld devices and weapon systems; alternative navigation capabilities that reduce our dependence on space-based GNSS capabilities; specialist facilities to test PNT systems embodied into military platforms; development of PNT Policy for Defence; and how we track and manage operational risks associated with PNT capabilities.

The Project Support Officer contributes to all these areas and some of the responsibilities will include:

  • Co-ordinate the working groups to integrate PNT projects across Defence’s functions.
  • Act as a single point of contact for PNT queries, maintaining a network of contacts and experts both within and outside of Defence.
  • Understand the single Services’ requirements for assured PNT capabilities to help inform the formal articulation of user requirements and capability decisions.
  • Develop or contribute to papers, briefings, and presentations for senior decision makers in Defence.
  • Coordinate Defence’s risk management process for operational PNT issues to inform Defence’s senior PNT risk owner, Deputy Commander UK Strategic Command
  • Develop knowledge to become a subject matter expert for PNT and NAVWAR (Navigation Warfare)issues, drawing on other Defence experts where appropriate.
  • Propose capability changes for assigned projects, including changes to requirements, doctrine, training, and operating procedures.
  • Contribute to the development of Concepts, Doctrine and Policy across the fields of PNT and NAVWAR .

Person specification

Previous PNT experience is not essential as you are expected to build and develop your knowledge within the role through extensive engagement with PNT specialists across Defence.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual, that ideally understands technical documents and specialisms, who can work with various stakeholders in the wider business.

You will need to be confident, able to work under pressure, have good communication skills as well as the ability to use a degree of initiative, and the ability to retain information to prioritise daily duties. 

This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

Behaviours

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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service

Benefits

Alongside your salary of £35,290, Ministry of Defence contributes £9,528 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Flexible working options- we understand the importance of adapting work to your life.
  • Inclusion and diversity- our culture celebrates uniqueness and encourages collaboration of diverse thought.
  • A pension scheme which secures your future.
  • Generous annual leave- starting with 25 days and growing to 30 after just 5 years.
  • Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to volunteer for military or emergency service reserve commitments.
  • Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
  • Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club and Gyms.
  • The full list can be seen here Discover my benefits

Learning & Development

In Defence Digital we have a strong learning and development ethos, supporting you to fulfil your potential by providing –

  • Tailored learning- you can customise your development to match your role and career objectives.
  • Professional and personal development- acquire skills that enrich both your career and personal life.
  • Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, many of which are free or supported by MOD.
  • Industry recognised qualifications- we support qualifications that enhance your expertise and career prospects.

Our unparalleled learning and development opportunities allow you not only to progress in your career with us, but to gain transferable skills that allow you to apply your expertise across the Ministry of Defence and other government departments.

The post does not offer relocation expenses.

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

Please Note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment however some exemptions are in place, please refer to local guidance. The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Application

To apply, please complete the CV and personal statement template provided on the CS Jobs dashboard. Your statement will be read by the recruiting line manager, so it is essential that your statement includes evidence of the following criteria and is no more than 1250 words.

Role

Each of the criteria has been identified by the manager as being important in this role and for that reason each one of the following will be scored 1-7 and make up part of your overall score to assess your suitability to be invited to interview:

  • Ability to understand technical information provided by experts and use other relevant evidence to provide credible advice and support effective decisions.
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely, using a variety of informal and formal methods. Through sharing appropriate information in an engaging and persuasive manner, you should be able to influence the work and decisions of others.
  • Confident in establishing professional relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders and collaborate with them to share information and work towards common goals.
  • Have a proactive approach to resolving problems and drive issues forward to make things happen.

Interview

We’ll assess you against these behaviours & technical experience during the interview process:

Behaviours

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service

Defence Digital operates an organisation model in which every individual belongs to a Government Profession. The successful applicant will be posted into one of the defined Government Professions on Standard Terms of Reference for the grade. Defence Digital reserves the right to move individuals between roles, within their allocated profession, to meet the needs of the business and in support of agile resourcing.

Within Defence Digital each profession is led by a Professional Head of Community who will lead professional development and support the Continuous Professional Development path for their group.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at Defence Digital. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer, and we actively seek candidates from a diverse set of backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you need to advise us that you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact: DBSCivPers-Resourcingteam3@mod.gov.uk

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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

Security

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

Job Contact

  • Name : DD Talent Acquisition Team
  • Email : ukstratcomdd-hr-talentacqdel@mod.gov.uk

Recruitment team

  • Email : DBSCivPers-Resourcingteam3@mod.gov.uk

Further information

Please ensure you read the attached candidate information document prior to completing your application. Please refer to the attached Candidate Information guide.

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