Deputy Director of Security for Parliament (People Security)

House of Commons

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 12th May 2021


Reference number



£75,953 - £95,964



Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 year fixed term with the potential for extension or permanent contract.

Type of role


Working pattern


Number of posts



City of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

About the job


We would welcome applications from individuals from other government departments who are interested in joining the House of Common on a secondment.

The Deputy Director of Security for Parliament (People Security) is a new role which brings together the different elements of Member Security, Personnel Security and Security Awareness and Culture across both Houses of Parliament. You will have up to 5 team leaders as direct reports and approximately 50 members of staff covering the following functions: Members’ Security Support Service (threat assessment, physical security advice, physical security measures, and social media monitoring service for Members of both Houses); Personnel Security (security vetting, pass office, audit and compliance, security awareness and culture initiatives).

Job description

You will have direct responsibility for understanding the threat to Parliament from hostile state actors and developing a response in mitigation. This will include leading work across Parliamentary and external stakeholders to design and implement an Insider Threat mitigation strategy, and a role-based approach to security vetting.
You will be responsible for building relationships of trust with Members, Committees, other bodies across both Houses and a wide range of stakeholders across the administrations of both Houses to deliver these initiatives and to resolve sensitive security issues. Key external partnerships will include the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the independent Parliamentary Standards Association (IPSA), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the Security Service, Cabinet Office and Home Office.


The Person
To be successful in this role you will have the following skills/experience:

• A strong track record of leading and managing teams on successful delivery of customer-focused services; actively promoting diversity and an inclusive working environment.
• Subject matter expertise in national security issues, developed by working with government security institutions and agencies; and familiarity with personnel security/people security processes.
• Experience of designing and implementing strategic change, and leading teams through cultural transformation.


Annual leave starting at 30 days pro rata
Civil Service Pension scheme
Interest-free season ticket loan
Discounted membership of the in-house gym

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

For more information on the role and to apply please submit your CV and supporting statement of how you meet the skills and knowledge section of the job description

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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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