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IT Systems Development - Section Manager

Met Police
The starting salary is £65,393 which includes allowances totalling £2,841
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Computing & IT
Job Type
Engineer, Engineering Manager

Job Details

The salary is broken down as £62,552 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £66,997 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Seeing is believing. And that’s the only way you’ll really get to know about our sophisticated technologies and how we’re using them to fight crime in the capital. We don’t say much, for obvious reasons, but suffice to say that we’re leading advancements in emerging technologies to deliver bespoke electronic and IT solutions in specialist areas to make London safer.

The Technology, Research and Innovation (TRI) team keeps the Met at the cutting-edge of tech. Our work is highly innovative and no two projects are ever the same.

This staff role is a unique opportunity for an experienced IT Section Manager, with hands-on IT design experience, to join an exciting engineering and science team using state of the art equipment within a multi discipline environment to develop bespoke IT solutions, to make London safer.

As the IT Section Manager, you will provide leadership to the IT systems development team to enable them to effectively deliver operational IT solutions for use in the office and in the field. This will involve using your previous hands-on IT development and engineering skills to effectively steer and manage the team to deliver solutions successfully and on time to meet operational deadlines.

You will be working with a range of customers to understand their unique operational requirements, and to identify potential IT solutions. Working with the support of the IT senior technologist and IT development managers, you will be steering the IT team to deliver robust solutions to meet these requirements against operational deadlines. 

A typical day may include engaging with MPS operational officers, capturing and documenting requirements, meeting with suppliers and partner agencies, planning a programme of IT development projects, running project meetings, conducting design reviews, and briefing or writing on the progress of projects. 

As the IT Section Manager, you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders, assessing and adapting to each type of audience. You will be someone who can readily engage and win the support of others. You will be working with some of the UK's top suppliers and highly experienced IT engineers in your team, so you will need to be able to communicate at their technical level. Maintaining momentum on projects is essential to keep the operational customers focused, and you will need to think of ways to keep their commitment throughout the development lifecycle. You will have already demonstrated exceptional talent in your career.

Additional Information

  • 28 days holiday, rising to 33 at 5 years, plus bank holidays
  • MPS contributes 27.9% of your salary into your civil service pension scheme
  • Long service rewards, paid overtime available and eligible Blue Light Card
  • Sponsored membership to a professional body


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Developed Vetting (DV) level before taking up the post. 

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

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 13 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.

Read our full disability confidence statement.



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.

Forging close relationships, building trust and understanding the issues within London’s different communities all form part of the fundamental platform on which effective, credible policing is built.

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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