Aviation Security Policy Adviser - Flexible Working Available

London (Greater)
17 Nov 2020
26 Nov 2020
Contract Type

About the job Summary

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Aviation Security Policy Adviser

Salary: £42,466

Location: London

Are you a proactive individual who can drive forward changes?

Do you enjoy developing policy, providing advice and guidance on important, high-profile issues?

Would you be excited about the opportunity to provide protection to passengers and those working in the Aviation industry?

If so, this unique and exciting role as an Aviation Security Policy Adviser is for you, and we would love to hear from you!

Job description

The post presents an interesting opportunity to make a full contribution to the development and delivery of the UK National Aviation Security Programme.

The role sits within the Domestic Security Team of the Aviation Security Strategy and Policy Division. The Division 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. The post-holder will help to shape aviation security policy for UK operations and the delivery of programmes of work under the UK aviation security strategy. This requires significant collaborative working across the department and liaison with other stakeholders including the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and UK aviation industry.

This is high priority work, with considerable Ministerial and cross-Government interest and will offer development opportunities for your career aspirations. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will remain in post for at least two years.

Please note – the successful candidate will need to obtain Security Check clearance and be prepared to undertake Developed Vetting once in post.


Your Role Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
• Leading on specific domestic security policy areas relating to passenger and baggage security screening at airports; providing expert advice on current policy to industry stakeholders;
• Providing high quality advice and analysis to Ministers and senior leaders, developing domestic aviation security policy; preparing submissions, briefing, papers and legal instructions, where appropriate;
• Working closely with colleagues across the Aviation Directorate to ensure a consistent approach in policy-making;
• Building strong relationships with the relevant sectors of the aviation industry, undertaking site visits (COVID-19 permitting), gaining a solid understanding of how policy is implemented, identifying areas of best practice; ensuring that stakeholder meetings run by the Division are supported and managed effectively.

Please refer to the attached Role Profile  for an in-depth view of this post.

About you
We will look to you to use your own initiative and have ability to provide high quality advice clearly and concisely.

You are someone who is flexible, versatile, resilient and responsive. You can adjust and adapt to short-term change quickly and will be confident in responding to unexpected problems or tasks effectively.

You expertly communicate at all levels with internal and external stakeholders, both verbally and in written format. You engage effectively to build trusted relationships, demonstrating a high degree of discretion to deliver classified information in a sensitive and considerate manner. You have strong influencing and negotiation skills and the ability to resolve differences and conflicting views to gain consensus.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service


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 developed vetting.

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, Strengths and Experience.

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 27th November 2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 14th December 2020.

How to apply
Please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to evidence your experience of the following:
• Strong policy development skills and the ability to spot risks and opportunities, and problem solve across multiple work programmes.
• Excellent communication skills, with strong personal impact and ability to produce high quality policy documents.
• Are self-motivated and organised, with an ability to work independently as well as with stakeholders to drive forward changes.
• Ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities to time, whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.

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 could include:
• an interview and written exercise.

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 DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Ann Davey Email :   Ann.Davey@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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