5105 - People and Capability Advisor - Government Security Group
Detail of reserve list 12 Months
Number of jobs available 2
Building Site FT 70 Whitehall/10 Great George Street
Departmental Grade HEO
Civil Service Grade HEO
Cabinet Office is in the process of demerging its combined grades.
We have already demerged what was Band A into G6 and G7. We are now in the process of demerging Band B2 into SEO and HEO. Please note, posts advertised at SEO are equivalent to Band B2+ and posts advertised as HEO will be called Band B2. Post Type Permanent
Working Pattern Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time
Role Type Business Management & Improvement, Education and Training, Governance, Human Resources
Salary £32,905 - £38,580
Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:
- to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
- to support the design and implementation of HM Government's policies and the Prime Minister's priorities; and
- to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.
The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-
- treating everyone with Respect
- actively Collaborate, and
- build Trust
We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.
There is lots to do at pace by acting as a strong ambassador for the Government Security Profession. You'll do that as a great team player, passionate about innovating, be an effective planner and people focused, with an eye for creativity and a willingness to operate in an agile and collaborative way.
We are aiming to recruit people from diverse backgrounds to make sure we have a wide range of skills to strengthen our security capability across government. We value the fact that our different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences and ways of working produces a more effective team. Each one of us has a part to play in helping the government to keep the UK secure.
This role would suit someone with a background in capability, talent or learning, or with a keen interest in developing in this field.
The People and Capability Adviser will work across the team to:
- Help to ensure we attract, develop and retain the best Security Professionals; and
- Support the ongoing development and maintenance of GSP's learning offer
To potentially include, dependent on interest and ability:
- Managing activities to embed the new career framework for Government Security practitioners across Government, and facilitating bite-size learning opportunities to publicise the capability offer;
- Supporting the maintenance of standards in skills and capability within the Career framework and manage the governance process for changes; this will involve establishing product gaps and making recommendations based on analysis requiring good analysis skills, confidence in presentation and representing the team;
- Managing the content build of GSP's new skills assessment platform;
- Supporting early talent initiatives developing and implementing a new technical graduate programme;
- Supporting the expansion of an apprenticeship programme working with external providers and departments to ensure the programme continues to meet objectives;
- Developing materials, communications and activities that will boost the following key programmes, utilising creative, collaborative, interactive skills and considerable flexibility:
- Cyber apprenticeship - brand-new Cyber, talent and networking programmes; requiring initiative to research choose the right options for resilient schemes offering the best outcomes
- Exchange / secondment with industry (cyber, physical security) - enhance and assist management of the new pilot programme, whilst setting up a full, future programme, requiring interaction with departments and outside industry and potential inbound / outbound secondees
- Outreach - including major events and occasional attendance at a school, enablings potential recruits to understand what Government Security is, why it is important, and how it relates to them. This will require creativity, tailoring to the audience, working collaboratively with communications and regional colleagues throughout to build relationships with our department stakeholders and other Cabinet Office teams.
- Undertaking individual ad hoc projects involving procurement and collaboration with numerous stakeholder bases to deliver new learning solutions, such as procurement of learning solutions, and potentially support for the development of a new skills assessment platform later in the year.
We are looking for those wishing to build or progress their career in learning or HR and would be willing to sponsor those wishing to work towards a CIPD qualification.
- Ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders;
- Good drafting and written communications and confidence in engaging verbally with diverse audiences;
- An interest in building capability and ensuring continuous improvement, and promoting a learning culture in Government;
- A proactive approach, with the tenacity to deliver good quality outcomes to tight deadlines;
- Ability to manage competing priorities effectively;
- Strong digital aptitude (including MS Office / Google applications);
- Have flexibility of ability and thought
- Some knowledge of learning theory and practice will be beneficial here, as will ability in project management.
Previous experience in HR, especially in running development schemes, or learning and development would be beneficial, as would an interest in Government Security.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Developing Self and Others
- Managing a Quality Service
- Delivering at Pace
At interview we will test behaviours and strengths.
Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years' UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.
Business unit information
Government Security is looking for a People and Capability Advisor to join a multidisciplinary team.
The way HM Government handles security is changing to ensure that we provide world-class protection and security in an ever-evolving threat environment. The Government Security Group (GSG) in the Cabinet Office, which is the centre of the Government Security Function (GSF), sits under Alex Chisolm's auspices delivering on improving and transforming security practices, standards and professionals across government. The Government Chief Security Officer who provides unified leadership across all aspects of Government protective security leads GSG and the GSF.
GSG is responsible for the oversight, coordination and delivery of protective security across all central government departments, their agencies and arms-length bodies working with departmental Security Advisers cross-Government. The Group sets the strategy, policy and standards for Government security across people, physical, technical and information/cyber security, drawing upon expert advice from the National Technical Authorities and the Agencies.
GSG supports Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and Chief Executive of the Civil Service by monitoring departmental security performance and managing serious or pan-government security risks and incidents. It also supports the delivery of key security services to departments, including National Security Vetting, Cluster security services and capabilities and the Rosa IT system.
There are over 11,000 civil servants working in security roles across government in a range of specialisms including cyber, personnel, physical and technical security. The Government Security Profession Team aims to build a dynamic profession that engages, supports and inspires the existing security community in their careers. We want to upskill our existing professionals and bring in new people with different skill sets to solve the difficult and rapidly changing security issues that we face. Working with a supportive team, you will get a unique opportunity to shape thinking and help professionalise and improve the way we work to deliver security services across government.
Contact and additional information (Recruiters Name, Email and Phone Number)
Joanna Billan @
Security clearance at SC level or above is required for the role, and candidates must be willing to undergo DV clearance if applicable.
Due to the high volume of applications received for Cabinet Office vacancies, we regret that feedback is only available - at the discretion of the vacancy manager - following the interview stage. Vacancy managers may sift on one lead behaviour at the application stage.
Terms, Conditions and Benefits
This is a Permanent appointment.
This role is based within the Cabinet Office at HEO - £32,905 - £38,580. Annual salary increases will depend upon individual performance and contribution to the organisation's success. In addition there will be the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses. There is an expectation that successful applicants new to the Civil Service will join on the pay band minimum.
Existing civil servants can take up the post on loan from their parent department for the duration advertised. Those joining on level transfer will retain their current salary. Staff joining on promotion terms will receive up to a 10% increase of their current basic salary or the pay band minimum whichever is the greater. Staff joining on promotion will adopt the modernised terms and conditions of employment which came into force in 2013.
There is a choice of excellent pension schemes. More information about pension provisions can be found at
Flexible working including job-share arrangements may be considered for this role.
25 days' paid leave per annum rising to 30 days after five years service. In addition, full-time staff receive eight public holidays and the Queen's Birthday privilege day as well as competitive maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave.
Staff new to the Civil Service will be required to serve a six month probationary period.
The post will be based in 70 Whitehall/10 Great George Street, London.
Relocation Costs No relocation costs will be available.
Equality and Diversity
The Cabinet Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person's work.
We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.
Assessment for recruitment, selection, appraisal, training and career progression purposes is based both on the individual's ability and suitability for the work. We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential, offering flexible working arrangements wherever possible.
As public authorities departments have statutory duties placed on them that require them to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We expect all staff to assist the department in meeting these obligations. All staff should have due regard for the need to promote good relations between individuals from different groups and work towards achieving equality of opportunity for all.
Civil Service Code
All civil servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code (see Annex A) which details Civil Service values, standards of behaviour, rights and responsibilities. Go to for more information.
We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or after 06 April 2018, may experience implications in continuing to claim childcare vouchers.
HMRC now offer a tax free childcare scheme for new entrants into the Cabinet Office. We also offer a holiday play scheme and the Cabinet Office contribute to the costs for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or September 2018 who are currently in receipt of childcare vouchers and not transferring on a TUPE or COSOP move will be unable to continue to claim childcare vouchers but may be eligible for the HMRC tax free childcare scheme.
Recruitment and Selection Process
You must be a British Citizen, citizen of the British Commonwealth* an EC national or a national of specified Member States of the European Free Trade Area, together with certain members of their families. Certain Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply. In the first instance it is advisable to refer to the Civil Service Nationality Rules which can be found here: If you have any further questions about nationality requirements, please contact the Recruitment Team at: . (*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.)
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
The Cabinet Office is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and will guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
The successful candidate's appointment will be subject to a series of checks including security, nationality, health and references before a formal offer of appointment is made. Subject to satisfactory completion of the pre-appointment checks, you will be invited to take up the post as soon as possible. The National Insurance numbers of successful applicants will be shared with the Ministry of Defence to aid the tracking of Armed Forces Reservist levels across government.
The Selection Process
Assessment at sift and interviews will be based on meeting any defined skill/qualification requirements along with a Success Profile element assessment, as detailed in the job advert. The Success Profile elements to be assessed will be outlined within the job advert. The Civil Service Success Profile Framework is publically available here:
We would generally expect answers to follow the STAR or CAR structure and encourage candidates to use this throughout their application.
Application/Interview Scoring System
The Cabinet Office adopts a scoring system of 1-7 for Behaviours, Ability, Technical and Experience.
7- The evidence provided wholly exceeds expectation at this level
6 - Substantial positive evidence; includes some evidence of exceeding expectations at this level
5 - Substantial positive evidence of the competency or behaviour
4 - Adequate positive evidence and any negative evidence would not cause concern
3 - Moderate positive evidence but some negative evidence demonstrated
2 - Limited positive evidence and/or mainly negative evidence demonstrated
1 - No positive evidence and/or substantial negative evidence demonstrated
Strengths will be assessed at interview on a 1-4 scale.
Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
• To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
• To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website:
The Department's recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners' Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Cabinet Office Recruitment Team, Human Resources, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ or email , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:
Email: .uk or in writing to:
Civil Service Commission
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Closing Date: 22/05/2020, 23:55 hours
Interview dates * Interview dates to be confirmed.
* Applicants should be aware in the current circumstances we are planning to conduct interviews remotely by
teleconference, or telephone call if this is not possible)"
* Applicants should also be aware that the interview will include a 5 minute presentation to demonstrate your fit
for the role, focusing on 2 of the three following areas: Development, talent or similar schemes; Managing capability standards and Continuing professional development.
Reserved/Non Reserved post(s)? Non Reserved
Level of security checks required Security Clearance
Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical / professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. Your can find our more abut Success Profiles .
We will be measuring the following through our recruitment process Behaviours, Strengths
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