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Principal Adviser – Cyber Systems Programme

Employer
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Location
Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ or Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AD
Closing date
29 Aug 2022
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Job Details

Location

Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ or Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AD

About the job Summary

The Principal Adviser (PrinAd) is a programme delivery role, and one of the technical S&T career roles within Dstl. The role PrinAd should also be suffixed with a recognised specialism comprising two components: The defence and/or security domain component is the context in which their S&T expertise is employed. The science component comprises the scientific, engineering, or analytical specialist knowledge, experience, and skills of the PrinAd, in this case Cyber Security and Resilience.

PrinAds provide authoritative expert Science and Technology (S&T) advice within their subject area, ensuring that S&T knowledge from current and past research is accessible and exploited. They understand both the S&T capability and the Defence and Security capability that they support, and cultivate wide networks within the S&T community in order to share knowledge for the benefit of all stakeholders.

This advice supports delivery of programmes, and may also be expected to support DST functions and S&T users in external organisations with capability planning and delivery, through the exploitation of S&T research and advice. It shapes research programmes, and informs the development of underpinning S&T capabilities.

Where appropriate a PrinAd should be appointed to all programmes that have determined the requirement for the specific role, and provide advice where it is within the scope of the programme(s) and authorisation of the Programme Manager(s) (PgM(s)).

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

Job description

The Cyber Systems PrinAd(s) are expected to look at all Cyber S&T options with impartiality and not just to push the capabilities of their own Group.

PrinAds are accountable for the delivery of assured technical S&T advice. They are not to make decisions on requirements or commissioning, and are to provide impartial technical S&T support.

The PrinAd role is highly contextual and elements will vary depending on the deployment of other S&T staff in the enterprise, e.g. SGW, and the complexities of the programme(s) and S&T user(s) environment.

Specific role responsibilities are likely to include a mix of the following elements: S&T Capability and Delivery (core role) – tasked by PgM(s) and funded by the tasking programme(s).

For more information on the role, please read the Job Profile attached below.

Responsibilities

Technical / Professional Knowledge and Skills:
Essential:

  • Recognised SQEP expert in Cyber Security and Resilience S&T in UK Defence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including up to senior levels within the MOD and Government.
  • Knowledge of the specific Dstl Customer(s) environments, including deep understanding of the Military specific capability environment(s) and DLoDs to define how and where S&T can contribute.
  • The Defence and Security context.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in the S&T user environment.
  • Experience of working in the external S&T supply base.
  • Experience of delivery Cyber Security S&T.

Important Information:
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, 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.

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.

Behaviours

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits

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.

Company

About us

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science inside UK defence and security. A proven national asset, Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

Who we are

Dstl is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to science and technology in the defence and security field.

Dstl supplies specialist services to MOD and wider government, working collaboratively with external partners in industry and academia worldwide, providing expert research, specialist advice and invaluable operational support.

We are innovative, collaborative and impactful.

Our responsibilities

Our responsibilities include:

  • supplying sensitive and specialist science and technology services for MOD and wider government
  • providing and facilitating expert advice, analysis and assurance on defence procurement
  • leading on the MOD’s science and technology programme
  • understanding risks and opportunities through horizon-scanning
  • acting as a trusted interface between MOD, wider government, the private sector and academia to provide science and technology support to military operations by the UK and her allies
  • championing and developing science and technology skills across MOD
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