Wargaming Analyst

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 31st October 2021


Reference number



25,052 - 47,007


Dstl levels 4 - 6

Contract type


Business area

DSTL - Exploration Division

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Dstl Portsdown West

About the job


A wargame is a process of adversarial challenge and creativity, delivered in a structured format and usually umpired or adjudicated. Wargames immerse participants in an environment with the required level of realism to improve their decision-making skills and/or the real decisions they make. Wargaming is a powerful tool, used within the Ministry of Defence to explore issues ranging from national strategic (such as current geopolitical decision-making) to the tactical (such as how to effectively use generation-after-next concepts on a future battlefield).

The Wargaming capability you would be joining uses wargaming as a structured analytical technique to understand conflict in order to provide advice to the Ministry of Defence and wider UK Government. Wargaming draws on people with a range of skills; quantitative and qualitative operational analysis techniques; communication; and player interaction in order to model adversarial scenarios to understand factors that can influence the outcome.

In order to build a better wargaming capability, we need a team of people with a range of different skills and experiences to challenge established assumptions. Analysts brought in to the Defence Wargaming Centre will be developed using our Wargaming Development Framework to give a broad range of opportunities to develop the breadth of skills needed to be a professional wargamer. As well as building a broad range of skills, you will also be given opportunities to specialise in areas of wargaming which should align with your own passions/interests.

Dstl wargamers are founder signatories of the Derby House Principles, showing our commitment to leading the opposition of sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination across the board, as well as in wargaming. If you want to find out more, please read this: https://paxsims.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/announcing-the-derby-house-principles-on-diversity-and-inclusion-in-professional-wargaming/

More information on wargaming within the MOD can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-wargaming-handbook

Job description

In this role you will:
For Level 4:

Work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the provision of timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to inform decisions on future defence and security capabilities, policies and strategies.
Work with customers and the military to understand their needs & challenges and shape their requirements for advice.
Lead on the delivery of small work packages, being responsible for your own research and analysis.
Provide technical advice and direction to industrial and academic partners and suppliers.
Prepare and deliver technical reports and presentations to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.
Develop an awareness of defence and security challenges and issues.
Develop your awareness of advances in science and technology
Explore and visualise data to present its story in a meaningful way to technical and non-technical audience
Develop your technical skills in wargaming in line with the Wargaming Development Framework.

Additionally for Level 5 you will
Lead strands of work, including the work of others to maintain a focus on output and technical quality.
Provide technical partnering to work done by Industry and Academia to ensure that the tasks remain on track, are of high quality and maximise the benefit of external expertise

Additionally for Level 6 you will
Engage with senior stakeholders across MOD and wider Government to offer advice and capture/identify future wargaming requirements
Lead on deep technical or professional specialisation
Manage the resources of people, materials, money and information to achieve a balanced set of results within a project framework
Consistently seek broader application and exploitation of your wargaming outputs

Job Dimensions
You will be required to work as a part of a team providing analytical advice to customers within the MOD and wider Government. You will shape the research conducted by the team and implement technical methods and approaches that will provide impartial evidence-based solutions that will inform decision making. There will be opportunities to travel to military sites, attend various trials and undertake international travel.

You will be in a team, guided by a Project Technical Authority and Project Manager who will be responsible for the overall delivery of the project. You will lead individual work strands or aspects of these strands and deliver these to a high standard. You may also be required to use your interpersonal skills and technical knowledge to lead a team of people in delivering this work.
This role has no line management responsibility or any financial authority.


We are looking for someone who has:
Existing skills and background that can be applied to analytical wargaming
A keen and enquiring mind with a coherent approach to problem solving
The ability to communicate with different audiences using appropriate means

We are looking for someone with the motivation to learn :
Wargame design and development
Facilitation and Adjudication*
Data Capture and analysis
Customer Engagement
Red Teaming *
Military and government awareness
Modelling and Simulation*
Validation and Verification of models
Report Writing
Historical Analysis*
(* as defined in the Defence Wargaming Handbook)

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
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Understanding of a recent or current Geopolitical situation and how game design theory, game mechanics and/or historical analysis could be applied to provide analysis.


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 :  dstlrecrutiment@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone :  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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