Lead computer war gamer and simulation operator

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 30th September 2021


Reference number



£40,514 - £47,007


Grade 7
Dstl level 6

Contract type


Business area

DSTL - Exploration Division

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire

About the job


Exploration Division’s purpose is to:

• Identify or imagine transformative ideas
• Assess which have the most potential for Defence and Security
• Promote them so others invest in them, adopt them, develop them, or include them in their plans, strategy and policy

One of the ways we do this is to use both qualitative and quantitative operational research methods, including wargaming and modelling & simulation, to assess Defence & Security policies, strategies, concepts & force structures, and develop understanding of the future operating environment and wider context.

Your role will be to lead the “player” element in our constructive close combat models in a scientific experiment setting, where winning isn’t the main goal!

Job description

In this role you will:
• Provide the necessary experience of military combat operations to make our wargames and simulations credible and reflect UK doctrine and policy.
• Contribute timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to the study to enable informed decisions representing “best value” and a return on investment for our customers.
• Contribute to written technical reports and presentations on study outcomes to our customers.
• Developing others in employing credible actions during wargames to simulate likely real world situations.

Job Dimensions
• Primarily using the Close Action Environment (CAEn) close combat wargame and simulation to support analysis and conclusions being made in Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other government departments (OGD) studies to support equipment procurement, future concept analysis and security studies.

• Responsible for training new gamers and analysts in applying military doctrine and tactics to wargames & simulations in a study/scientific environment.

• Participation in and joint oversight of all aspects of military / expert judgement panels.

• Pre-gaming and post-gaming write ups including detailed note taking to provide gamer insights to CAEn analysts to provide qualitative analytical evidence


We are looking for someone who has:

- Extensive infantry / mounted infantry operational experience including a high level of competency with dismounted platoon tactics and a range of support weapons (armoured operational experience will be considered).
- Command experience at platoon level (minimum sergeant) including support weapons units.
- Experience of combat operations at company / squadron level.
- Understanding of the modern close combat threat picture.
- The ability to write succinct technical English and present scientific results to a mixed military and civilian audience.
- An understanding of the principles of the scientific method and experimental design

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

If you are a current Dstl employee, you are encouraged to inform your line manager of your application as they can support you through the process and should you be successful it will help in negotiating a release date.

Work location
Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Extensive infantry / mounted infantry operational experience including a high level of competency with dismounted platoon tactics and a range of support weapons (armoured operational experience will be considered).


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

- Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
- Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 37 hours can be taken in any calendar month
- Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
- Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
- Chartership and accreditation support.
- Pension.
- Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
- A competitive salary.
- Onsite gyms and restaurants.
- Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Race, Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

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 security check.

See our vetting charter.
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, Experience and Technical skills.
We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

Applicants invited to interview will undergo a combined Technical and behaviour based interview which will assess their experiences and behaviours relating to the requirements detailed in the attached job profile.

Due to the current situation interviews are likely to be held via video link and full details will be sent to you should you be invited to an interview.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

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 :  Dstl Recruitment Team
Email :  Dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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