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Salary: 63,500 - 72,445 + substantial pension and benefits. GBP

The Challenge

This is a key role at grade 6 level within the DIO. You will be a role model across the DIO, and MOD more widely, and be the person whom all staff look to (be they peers, seniors or more junior) for advice on risk and assurance. DIO runs a system of Risk-Based Assurance for its business.

Deputy Head Risk & Assurance leads a team of 11 civil servants ensuring that DIOs corporate assurance activities are appropriately aligned with risks to business delivery, with appropriate controls and management action in place to mitigate these risks.

The postholder is required to exercise leadership not just within their team but across the entire DIO and to actively liaise with stakeholders in the centre of the MOD. A major aspect of this role is embedding positive change within the risk and assurance activities across DIO. An ability to understand how detailed business level activities impact the strategic level of DIOs business is essential.

We employ approximately 4,900 staff from a very diverse range of professions, and we work across the world; in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, Norway, Poland, Kenya, Belize, Nepal and Oman.
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Main Responsibilities

Ensuring the DIO Executive Committee, Board, and Audit Risk and Assurance Committee are provided with cogent, objective advice on corporate risk and assurance matters.
Ensure that a robust system of corporate risk assessment and corporate assurance is both maintained and strengthened throughout the DIO.
Manage the Top Level Budget (TLB) Annual Assurance Reporting process together with individual inputs to Functional Annual Assurance Reports.
Working with colleagues in Defence Risk and Assurance and other MOD TLBs, obtain situational awareness of risk and assurance matters and ensure DIOs requirements are addressed.
Ensure clear, coherent advice on risk management and assurance throughout the DIO.
Engage in business case improvement activity and ensure the provision of sound, timely risk scrutiny for infrastructure business cases.
Working with Defence Internal Audit to ensure a robust programme of 3rd party audit is put in place to address both DIOs own and MODs wider needs.
Manage the provision, and assure the safe operation, of DIOs vehicle fleet (around 600 fleet vehicles and 6,000 spot hire vehicles per year).
Provide advice and a focal point for counter-fraud activity within the DIO.
Delegate for Head Corporate Governance in his/ her absence.

Desirable Experience & Skills
Experience of the formal scrutiny of business cases for investment.
Working within an infrastructure environment.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Seeing the Big Picture

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCES - BRM 3. Providing leadership and strategy for Risk Management - EXPERT LEVEL
  • BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCES - BRM 2. Providing specialist Risk Management support to the business - EXPERT LEVEL


We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.
We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.
We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:
Highly competitive Pension Scheme
Flexi-time scheme
Alternative working practices such as working from home
25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years service
Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queens birthday
Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

Learning & Development
Professional and Personal Development of skills
Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO

Employment hours
The post advertised is for 37 hours net, however the Ministry of Defence offers a range of flexibilities to enable a better work-life balance for employees. Part time, Flexible working and Job Share working patterns will be considered.

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This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.
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.

About DIO
DIO is passionate about ensuring that we are a top performing organisation and a great place to work. We host a diverse range of talent where everyone feels valued and supported enabling our people to thrive, bring greater creativity and innovation to achieve higher organisational performance. We are committed to be an equal opportunities employer and creating a culture where everyone can bring their whole self to work and individuality is truly appreciated.
We promote and support a range of flexible working patterns enabling staff to balance home and work responsibilities.
This culture of inclusion is underpinned by our 6 staff networks covering Disability, Faith and Belief, Gender Equality, LGBTQI+, Race, Social Mobility and 3 networks dealing with employee wellbeing and support: Speak Safe Volunteers, Mental Health First Aiders and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisers.
Our staff, future and current will be guided by the 4 Cs and we encourage you to be curious and continuously strive for improvement, collaborative in an inclusive culture, ambitious and resilient and committed to Defence, empowered and able to challenge so you can play a key part in shaping the direction of our organisation.

DIO commits to offer its employees the following experience:
Meaningful, purposeful work
The ability to learn and grow
The right opportunities and resources
To care about your wellbeing
To feel valued and included
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Our responsibilities include:
Plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment
Provide utilities services
Manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)
Provide a safe place to train
Allocate Service Families Accommodation
Procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair
Provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning
Act as steward of the Defence estate
Provide the unarmed guarding service

Things you need to know


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

See our vetting charter .

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, Experience and Technical skills.

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.

This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative, Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Please ensure that at the application and interview stages of the campaign you review the Success Profiles Framework to assist you in the demonstration of your skills and experience.

Your suitability for the role will be assessed using the Success Profile elements that have been chosen for this campaign. Each element will be scored accordingly, and the successful candidate will be appointed on merit.

Applications will be sifted on all Success Profile elements, but in the event of a high number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on the Leadership Behaviour, Personal Statement and Career History.

In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

At application you will be assessed against the following:

Communicating and Influencing,
Changing and Improving

CV: Job History, Previous skills and Full qualifications

Personal Statement: In no more than 750 words, Please give examples of your previous experience in:
1.Expert level understanding of risk management and demonstrable experience in leading business assurance activity.
2.Operating at a senior level across multiple business areas with conflicting priorities to effectively deliver key Corporate outputs.
3.Team leadership and leadership of those not under your direct line management authority.
4.Providing objective advice, both written and oral, to Executive Committee / Board Level of a large organisation.

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

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Technical: Business Risk Management Functional Competencies , Expert level in the following skills:
1. BRM 2 Providing specialist Risk Management support to the business
2. BRM 3 Providing leadership and strategy for Risk Management

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing 4th July.
Interviews are currently taking place via Microsoft Teams and will be conducted week commencing: 11th July or 18th July.

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.

To assist with your application please find attached below:


For help and support with your application check out our
Civil Service Careers Homepage and the How to apply section

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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.

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.
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