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Job description

The Role
The Civilian Security Officer dog handler is responsible for providing an overt security presence within a rotational 12 hour shift system. He/she will carry out all unarmed guarding duties to a high standard in accordance with current MOD, MGS and Unit/Establishment orders.

Post Locations
The post is situated at DE&S (LDOC) Bicester and the successful applicant will be required to patrol on foot or mobile with a military working dog in C, H, D and E sites and must respond to security incidents as required.

Main Responsibilities
The Key duties of a CSO are as follows. Please note that these duties can vary from site to site.

- Customer Care
- Controlling vehicular and pedestrian access and exit to/from site
- Issuing of passes
- Issuing and receipt of keys
- Patrolling on foot and in a vehicle
- Searching of vehicles, baggage, personnel, buildings and open areas
- Escorting of visitors
- Controlling traffic
- Checking identity
- Writing reports on breaches of security or defects
- Dealing with demonstrators and intruders
- Safeguarding classified information and material
- Cooperating with other security providers
- Liaising with emergency services and invoking emergency procedures
- Operating and monitoring security systems; CCTV and alarms etc
- Operating and communicating effectively over the telephone and/or radio
- Reporting safety hazards and accidents in accordance with current instructions
- Carrying out, if required, initial action at the scene of any incident
- Driving an MOD vehicle
- Other tasks commensurate with the grade
- Working with military working dogs (including animal welfare and training)

Desirable Requirements
- Previous experience with animals / animal welfare


Driving Licence


A minimum of 2 GCSE-s (or equivalent), including English


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


We are passionate about delivering great things for our customers. But we also know you will have a life outside of work; we respect your priorities and our industry leading flexible working practices will give you real freedom to balance work and life.

We employ talented and diverse people who challenge and guide each other. At DIO you will work within a highly capable team who will support you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience.

Some of the many benefits you will receive:

- Free uniform*
- Highly competitive pension scheme
- Flexi-time scheme upon completion of 6 months service
- Alternative working practices
- 25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years- service
- In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queen-s birthday.
- Professional and Personal Development of skills
- Opportunity to join one of our many networks (Race, LGBT+, Gender, Disability and Faith & Belief)
- Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period for volunteer reserve commitments.
- Special Paid Leave to volunteer up to 6 days a year.
- Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
- 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

* Successful candidates will be expected to serve a minimum of 1 year in post. Persons transferring into other Non MGS posts, within this time frame will be required to repay the cost of uniform and training to a maximum of -1,000.

20% regular shift allowance 4% MGS flexible rostering allowance.

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.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

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 .

Selection process details

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

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.

At application you will be assessed against the following:
- Behaviours: Leadership, Making Effective Decisions & Communicating and Influencing
- Experience: Any experience relevant to this position including
- Be able to work with a team and alone
- Highly motivated with strong self discipline

PLEASE NOTE: 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 1 or 2 behaviours: Leadership and Making Effective Decisions)In this instance the remaining behaviours will be tested at interview

At interview you will be assessed against the above.

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing within 5 days.

Interviews will take place at DE&S (LDOC) Bicester within 4 weeks of the closing date. \due to the current situation the interview will take place either by Telephone, Skype or Face Time.

A minimum of 2 full working days- notice will be provided for interviews. Band.

We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

MGS applicants are required to attend a medical appointment to undertake a colour perception eye test

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

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.
Job Sector
Security & Safety
Job Position
Security Guard
Upper Arncott
Postal Code
OX25 1NZ
Norris Rd, Upper Arncott, Bicester OX25 1NZ, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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