DNO Warhead - Nuclear Threat Reduction Assistant Head

Government of The United Kingdom

DNO Warhead - Nuclear Threat Reduction Assistant Head


Government of The United Kingdom, Spencers Wood, Wokingham

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Remote working

Posted 1 week ago, 15 May | Get your application in now before you're too late!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 73657d1375f2492eb7a23b3f80d2820c

Full Job Description

Do you want to be at the heart of real Defence issues and play a key role in the United Kingdom’s (UK) national security?
Established in April 2016, the Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO) delivers nuclear capability to deter threats and protect our nation.
The DNO oversees all defence nuclear business (excluding operations) and is responsible for providing nuclear deterrence; sponsoring the Defence Nuclear Enterprise (all the organisations, programmes and people that sustain the UK’s nuclear deterrent); and advising on UK nuclear policy, planning and international co-operation on nuclear matters.
The UK’s independent nuclear deterrent has existed for over 60 years to deter the most extreme threats to our national security and way of life, and that of our NATO Allies. To ensure that we have a credible and capable nuclear deterrent for as long as the security situation requires, we are building four new nuclear armed submarines – known as the Dreadnought Class – and replacing our nuclear warheads. These renewal programmes will utilise world-leading technology and are a showcase in science and engineering, highlighting the prowess of British industry.
Here at DNO we strongly believe that diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but is also essential for a thriving and successful organisation. We know that diverse teams bring a wide range of perspectives, experiences and ideas, which lead to better decision-making, creativity and innovation. We have a culture where differences are celebrated and our people feel supported, included and empowered. Join us and be part of an organisation that truly values diversity and inclusion and makes a positive impact on the world.
The Nuclear Threat Reduction team seeks to identify, understand and mitigate threats to the UK and its allies including countering terrorist threats, preventing the proliferation of information and materials and understanding the nuclear ambitions of other states.
This small team has a broad portfolio which has a significant impact across UK Government and internationally.
This role leads on the development of a science and research portfolio which is able to deliver the skills, equipment and facilities to enable the NTR mission
Candidates should be aware that the Nuclear Threat Reduction team is required to be flexible and agile as threats emerge and it is likely that additional other topics will need to be addressed as part of this role.
This position is advertised at 37 hours per week., The postholder will be responsible for establishing a broad research environment, including AWE, so that NTR and its stakeholders are able to access Science and Technology to enable their mission.
The postholder will seek to establish and cultivate a S&T pathway which is capable of taking initial ideas and developing them to the point where they can be made available for procurement. They will establish links with organisations, beyond AWE, to broaden the supplier base, increase available resource and create a career pathway into the DNE and specifically areas supporting NTR.
They will be responsible for developing strategies and underpinning capabilities to ensure that the appropriate infrastructure, capabilities and resource are available to support the wider NTR programme.
This role will work as part of a small team of MOD permanent members of staff. All the team are expected to develop sufficient experience and nuclear expertise to engage on a peer-professional basis with Atomic Weapons Establishment, UK Operators (RN and Army), colleagues similarly engaged across-government (though not as technically focussed), US Federal representatives and laboratories and with other international partners.
Hybrid and flexible working can be considered for this post but will need regular workplace attendance due to security constraints. Candidates are encouraged to discuss options with the recruiting line manager before submitting an application., This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Candidates can apply online via the Civil Service Jobs website by completing the application form before the deadline shown.
Apply using the Civil Service Jobs apply button, filling in all required details in all sections. Using the Success Profiles link for information on format and style, ensure you provide evidence for all Behaviours and Experience sections requested in the appropriate competency style.

  • Please note that not following the appropriate format will mean that you may be unable to reach the required grades for sift or interview

  • Candidates will be required to complete an online CV template to include job history, full details of education and qualifications and previous experiences and skills. Please also include any relevant responsibilities and achievements.
    You have 1250 words for a Personal Statement. Candidates should provide within their personal statement evidence of how their previous skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.
    At Interview Candidates will be assessed against the following Behaviours:
    + Making Effective Decisions
    + Leadership
    + Communicating and Influencing
    + Delivering at Pace
    Candidates who are found to meet an acceptable standard at interview but are not successful in one of the advertised posts may be considered for similar roles within the Business Unit.
    The requirements for the role have been benchmarked and these will be used to sift all candidates, with those meeting the minimum requirements invited to interview.
    You will also be expected to achieve Developed Vetting clearance, above the normal clearance level expected for the MoD.
    Interviews will be conducted at MOD Main Building: London.
    No application can be accepted after the closing date.
    Nationality Requirements - Further Information for Candidates
    1. This post is classed as ‘Reserved’ as per Civil Service Nationality Rules Section 3. In accordance with these rules, ‘only UK nationals may be employed in reserved posts in the Civil Service’[1] (Paragraph. 3.1).
    UK National Definition
    2. The definition of a ‘UK National’ can be found at Paragraphs. 1.4-1.8 of the Civil Service Nationality Rules.
    Dual Nationals
    3. As per Paragraph. 1.41 of the Civil Service Nationality Rules:
    a) ‘Candidates with dual nationality are in principle eligible for employment in the Civil Service provided that they meet the requirements in relation to one of their nationalities [i.e. UK National]. They may not be eligible, however, for employment in certain reserved posts where additional nationality requirements are imposed.’
    Additional Restrictions for Reserved Posts
    4. As per Paragraphs. 3.10-3.11 of the Civil Service Nationality Rules:
    a) Departments and agencies are entitled to impose additional requirements in reserved posts if this is considered necessary. This could include, for example, requirements as to the residency of the applicant or the nationality of one or both parents of the applicant.’
    5, If you are a Dual National who possesses UK Nationality and wish to check your eligibility for the post, please contact our recruiting team at the details below. Please be advised that we will not be able to provide a justification for our decision for security reasons.
    DNO External Recruitment DNO-ExternalRecruiting@mod.gov.uk
    [1] Irish nationals and Commonwealth citizens are also eligible for employment in reserved posts if they were in the Civil Service at 31 May 1996 or before, or were appointed from a recruitment scheme with a closing date for receipt of applications before 1 June 1996. (Paragraph. 3.1)
    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.

    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 developed vetting (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.

    + STEM related degree or significant experience
    + MSP or willingness to undertake within 3 months, + Programme management qualification such as MSP, P3M etc, + Making Effective Decisions
    + Leadership
    + Communicating and Influencing
    + Delivering at Pace

    Alongside your salary of £57,670, Ministry of Defence contributes £15,570 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
    We truly believe that the MOD is a great place to work, and we offer a unique employee experience. We want to ensure that every single employee feels appreciated & fairly rewarded and offer the following additional benefits:
    + Learning and development tailored to your role and broader skill development, enabling you to build a long-term career in your chosen area. Where appropriate there will be offers of training under our apprenticeship schemes.
    + An environment with flexible working options
    + A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    + 25 days annual leave, raising to 30 days following 5 years’ service (+ 8 days bank and public holidays), with family friendly benefits including improved maternity, paternity and adoption leave
    + A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
    + Cycle Loan (Advance on Salary)
    + Thank You Scheme
    + Defence Sports & Recreational Association (DSRA)
    + Defence Discount Service
    + Some of our sites have on-site gyms, restaurants, cafes, nurseries and more
    Where business needs allow, some roles may be suitable for a combination of office and home-based working. This is a non-contractual arrangement where all office-based employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in office, subject to capacity and any required workplace adjustments. Requirements to attend other locations for official business, or work in another MOD office, will also count towards this level of attendance. Applicants can request further information regarding how this may work in their team from the Vacancy Holder (see advert for contact details). Defence Business Services cannot respond to any questions about working arrangements.
    The post does not offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package, subject to eligibility.
    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.