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Head of Engineering - Threat Mitigation Technologies

Met Police
The starting salary is £86,485‬, which includes allowances totalling £2,841.
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

Job Details

The salary is broken down as £83,644 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £92,192 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: Southwark

The UK’s largest police service needs your skills

As Head of Engineering for Threat Mitigation Technologies department you will lead a team of scientists and engineers in the delivery of technical support to police operations. This is a rare opportunity to apply your expertise and experience in the unique world of policing.

Reporting to the OCU Commander for Protective Security Operations you will work as part of the Senior Leadership Team for the Command to provide technical oversight of the complex programmes of work underway in the Threat Mitigation Technologies department. This will require effective management of all activities and resources to meet customer needs through deployment of technical solutions to policing problems and to identify development needs to meet future requirements. You will be the operational interface between the police end users and engineering staff, working closely with police officers/staff at all levels. You will represent the department within the MPS on relevant boards and also nationally/internationally at meetings, conferences and working groups.

To join us, you must be a talented scientist or engineer with expertise in managing multiple specialist technical teams and overseeing complex projects of technical work for security related applications. Your technical knowledge will be based on a UK OfQual defined level 6 qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline, plus at least 10 years engineering experience in a relevant field including 5 years in a responsible operational management position. You will have a broad knowledge of a range of counter-terrorist technologies, including the underlying scientific principles, limitations and context of operational use. Experience in two or more technologies from: personnel/baggage screening, venue search, substance detection/analysis, materials and mechanical design is required.

A keen oversight of safety and risk will be necessary, due to the broad range of technologies in use and activities undertaken by the team. This includes experience of managing staff engaged in field operations, leading equipment evaluation trials and the ability to oversee and advise on the safe adaptation and modification of commercial and other equipment to meet the operational environment.

Collaboration and joint working are also fundamental to the role. You will have a proven record of developing collaborations in order to burden share and fostering industrial and academic relationships which provide ‘added value’ to core work programmes. The role requires working with security sensitive and protectively marked information generated by both the MPS and other partner agencies. The individual will require a minimum-security clearance level of Security Check but will be expected to undertake Developed Vetting security clearance within the first two years.

How to apply

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process, and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application: 

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 6 December 2023.

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.

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London covers 620 square miles and is home to millions of people speaking over 300 different languages. In this most vibrant and complex of cities, this presents an ever-evolving challenge for the Met when fighting to reduce crime - and the fear of crime.

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As a result, we must continue to recruit the brightest and the best people from every background and use the full spectrum of their skills, knowledge and experience to make London safer for everybody.

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