International Aviation Security Policy Advisors x3

Birmingham, West Midlands
24 Nov 2020
06 Dec 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Birmingham, Leeds, London

About the job

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, people with gender diverse identities, as well as those with caring responsibilities.

International Aviation Security Policy Advisors

Salary: National £30,734
London £34,708

Locations: Birmingham, Leeds & London

Would you like to be a part of a team that is responsible for the development of policies and strategic planning to combat the threat of terrorist attacks on civil aviation both within the UK and overseas?

Are you interested in an opportunity to strengthen standards and implement objectives at an international level?

If so, we are looking to recruit three International Aviation Security Policy Advisors within our Aviation Directorate and we would love to hear from you!

Job description

These are exciting and high-profile policy roles; helping drive forward HMG’s direction on aviation security internationally. You will be joining the team as the UK harnesses its influence and partnerships and looks to get ahead of aviation security threats; a fantastic opportunity. You will join one of three small international teams as well as forming part of the Department’s security and resilience community.

We are looking for three individuals who are dynamic and resilient to an evolving aviation security landscape. The roles will involve liaison with international partners, colleagues across Whitehall, the intelligence and security community as well as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to respond to current and future aviation security threats.


The Aviation Directorate, is responsible for both domestic and international aviation policy in many high-profile areas, including negotiating air transport agreements with other countries, the implementation of international safety, security and environmental standards, and developing policy new and emerging technologies.

Within the Aviation Directorate, the Aviation Security Strategy and Policy (ASSP) is a Division of c.40 staff responsible for the development of policies and strategic planning to combat the threat of terrorist attacks on civil aviation, both within the UK and overseas.

As a team that works on threat related issues, we expect our staff to work flexibly and adapt to rapidly changing requirements and priorities across the team, wider Division and Directorate. Many international aspects of the role are currently being conducted virtually, however some international travel will be required in these roles as business travel opens.

We are looking to fill three posts within the following teams;
Regional Engagement Team,
Global Strategy and Engagement Team,
Global Risk and Response Team (London based).

If successful, you will be placed in the relevant team depending on your skills/experience.

Please refer to the attached Role Profile  for an in-depth view of these posts.

About You

We would like you to be able to demonstrate these key elements which will help you to be successful in this role:

Adapting quickly to changing priorities, understanding the importance of reacting quickly to urgent changes.

Utilising your comprehensive communication skills, effectively delivering communication through different channels and to all levels of seniority.

You will be able to build and maintain trusting working relationships, promoting and encouraging collaborative working.

You will be able to prepare and present briefing documents for senior officials.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The sift is due to take place from 7th December 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held on 17th and 18th December 2020.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Seeing the Big Picture. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to interview.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include:
• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.

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.

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