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ARMY - Garrison SO2 Security Officer

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A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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Higher Executive Officer

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Larkhill, South West England, SP4 8QT

About the job

Job summary

The Ministry of Defence employs over 50,000 Civil Servants. Within that, the Army Top Level Budget (TLB) employs around 7,000 MOD Civil Servants located at over 300 locations. Ours is a diverse workforce, with roles ranging from trainers, human resources, teachers, and psychologists to storekeepers, financiers, project and programme managers, and policy secretariat staff. There are many different functions and professions delivering key outputs for the Army.

We have a Garrison Security Officer role available for individuals who are looking to work in a fast-paced environment where you will deal with a wide range of security requirements which may arise in a complex and diverse organisation.

The Security Officer will support the site in ensuring the delivery the security function on site is appropriate for the Garrison’s operational requirements.

The key job objectives are:

  • Work closely with the RSA and Artillery Regiments to ensure the security function is fulfilled across the garrison.
  • Work with minimal direct management or supervision, positively influence and build two-way relationships with all security personnel, the key stakeholders and external suppliers.
  • Communicate proactively and professionally with customers and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ensure that all incidents and requests for assistance are accurately recorded and responded to

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

If you are looking for this type of role and have a good understanding of security policies and their practical application in the workplace, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

This post is the principal security officer/advisor for all security matters within Larkhill Garrison and is responsible to the Garrison Commander.

  • Provide advice to all Garrison regiments and lodger units.
  • Security Orders, Regulations and Instructions. Production and promulgation of Garrison Security Standing Orders, Access Control Policy and Major Incident Orders. Advising the Head of Establishment on their implementation.
  • Security Risk Management. To include:
  • Security Risk Register (SRR). Produce and maintain a central Garrison SRR in accordance with current polices. Chair the Garrison Security Risk Management Board and submit returns annually to HQSW for inclusion on the higher formation Security Risk Management Board.
  • Security Risk Estimate (SRE). Ensure that all entries on the SRR are supported an SRE and where appropriate a Statement of Need.
  • Security Breach Investigations. Conduct investigation into breaches of security.
  • Security liaison. Liaison with HQ Army G2, HQ SW, 431 MI Sect, RMP and Civil Police.
  • Security Education & Training. Coordination of security education courses and exercises (including support to the Fargo Ammunition Compound).
  • Protective Security. Provide protective security advice across the Garrison, and where necessary liaise with the GMT/Aspire for recommended physical infrastructure requirements. Maintenance of protective security through systematic reviews, checks and inspections.
  • Security Interface.
  • Garrison SMART Base Project:
  • Focal point for the BT/Army SMARTBase project, attend regular project meeting.
  • Asset Owner & Site Administrator for Garrison Security CCTV & Automated Access Control gates.
  • Responsible for the development and testing of security analytics through the BriefCam software. Garrison Pass Office.
  • The management of the Garrison Pass Office:
  • Oversee the issuing and aftercare of all security passes (vehicles and personnel).
  • Maintain a robust BPSS process in conjunction with ADSL.
  • Responsible for the implementation and compliance of Data Security in line with DPA18.
  • Line Manage 1 x D.

Person specification

Essential skills and experience

Due to the nature and diversity of this role the successful candidate will need to have

  • Strong communication skills
  • Effective decision-making abilities.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Strategic mindset to anticipate future security challenges and implement proactive measures.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience in security management, preferably in governmental or highly regulated environments.
  • Successful track record of implementing robust security strategies.
  • Familiarity with UK government security policies, procedures and standards.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing


Alongside your salary of £35,290, Ministry of Defence contributes £9,528 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Personal and professional development of skills
  • Alternative working patterns for many roles
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), a free service that assists you with achieving a productive, healthy environment that is conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Enhanced parental and adoption leave
  • 6 days special leave per year which can be used for volunteering activities
  • Learning and Development
  • Free onsite parking and on a regular Devizes / Salisbury bus route
  • Onsite shop and a Costa Coffee shop
  • Free use of gym for members of the Civil Service Sports and Leisure Club
  • The Royal School of Artillery fully supports the Civil Service recognition and reward scheme

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.

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

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.

MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

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Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

At application you will be assessed against the following:

  • Behaviours: Leadership and Communicating and Influencing.
  • Experience: CV Including Job History
  • Personal Statement (500 words)

At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:

  • Behaviours: Making Effective Decisions, Working Together and Delivering at Pace.
  • Experience: Scenario Based Questions

Applications will be sifted on all Behaviours, but in the event of a significant number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on the lead Elements/Behaviours: (Communicating and Influencing, CV and personal Statement) In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

Please note that it is essential that your personal statement is aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and recent practical experience or transferable skills aligned to this role.

Interviews will take place at Larkhill approximately 2/3 weeks after the closing date. A minimum of 2 full working days’ notice will be provided for interviews. Band B posts will be given 7 days’ notice. We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

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 security check (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.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).

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Further information

Please ensure you read the attached candidate information document prior to completing your application. If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint by writing to DBS at the following address: Defence Business Services, Scanning Hub, Room 6124, Tomlinson House, Norcross Lane, Blackpool, FY5 3WP. If after raising your complaint with DBS you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address: , Civil Service commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ Or by email: info@csc.gov.uk.

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We protect the security, independence and interests of the United Kingdom at home and abroad. We work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Our aim is to ensure that the UK’s Armed Forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that we keep within budget. Our priorities 2015 to 2020 are to: protect our people project our global influence promote our prosperity maintain a strategic base and integrated global support network, and manage the Department of State