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Salary: 27,000 + substantial pension and benefits GBP

The Challenge

Can you support MOD with securing some of the countries most important buildings and locations?

This is an exciting, interesting and challenging role within Government Security at high profile and technically complex Defence sites, other Government Departments and Critical National Infrastructure security programs.

Successful applicants will join a team described by industry auditors as hard working and talented individuals among the best in the business.

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

This vacancy is for the role of a Security Systems Technician in SSGs South West Regional Team which has its main office in Shrivenham Defence College, Swindon and other offices in Porton Down, Salisbury and Devonport Plymouth.

A Security Systems Technician in SSG will be proficient to work safely on the installation and maintenance of a wide range of security systems including:

Intruder Alarm Systems
External & Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems
CCTV Systems
Automatic Access Control Systems
Control Room IAS, CCTV & AACS Standard Monitoring Systems
They will act as focal point on site with day to day liaison with customers
Accurately estimate all materials and labour needed for minor works, additions and alterations. Order materials from suppliers and provide equipment lists to Project Manager as appropriate.
Provide technical assistance at all levels, build solutions to technical problems including designs. Undertake trade supervision as required
Participate in on-call rota
Undertake all job-related administration in an accurate and timely way.

Full functional training will be provided for certain systems to suit the business needs.

SSGs South West regional office HQ is based in Shrivenham, work is predominately at SSG Customer locations across the South West geographic region. The successful applicant will be based from home and travel accordingly across the region to the numerous Governmental and military sites. Further information can be obtained on enquiry. In addition, the post holder may be required to provide support to other SSG regions around the UK and also the possibility of a posting to numerous overseas locations.

Essential Experience and Skills

Essential: Full Driving Licence - (SZs are tasked from home and are provided with a vehicle to carry their tools and equipment to/from sites which are remote and not accessible by public transport and in response to SSGs 24/7 On Call Rota. Driving a vehicle is a requirement of the job and therefore a full driving licence is required

A working knowledge of installing or maintaining data / IP networks

Knowledge of security system installations (IDS, CCTV, AACS, PIDS)

Desirable Experience and Skills

Membership - Engineering Council
Membership - Security Institute
Qualification - HNC in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or equivalent
Qualification - NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Electronic Security Systems (IDS, CCTV, etc) or equivalent
Qualification - ONC/OND in Electronic Security Systems (IDS, CCTV, etc) or equivalent

Environmental Factors

The applicant may be required to undertake occasional work within Radiological and Explosive Storage areas


Essential: Full Driving Licence


Essential: A Recognised, relevant Engineering background, Engineering Apprenticeship and / or Engineering qualifications, i.e. Intruder Detection Systems, Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems, CCTV Systems and Access Control Systems.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • SSG Functional Competence Area 1: Electronic Security Installation (Practitioner 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

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

About DIO

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

About Security Services Group (SSG)

SSG is a business unit within the DIO which assists the MoD and the wider Government Estate in meeting its security requirements.

SSG has over 225 staff located throughout the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar who are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of security systems across the MOD and Government Estate.

To find out more about SSG and our specialist role within Government and MOD please visit:

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/security-services-group

SSG welcomes applications from all communities and individuals regardless of age, sex, gender, race and religion/belief.

Employment Hours

The post advertised is for 37 hours net.


On-call allowance
Recall-to-duty allowance
Environmental (Radiation) allowance (if applicable)
A company vehicle will be provided with personal use (if desired)
Travel and Subsistence package when working on detached duty.
Opportunities for overtime depending on business requirements.

These are in addition to the basic salary.

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.

Things you need to know


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

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 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.

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 Experience (CV and Personal Statement)

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

At application & interview you will be assessed against the following:


CV detailing Job History, Full Qualification Details and Previous Experience and Skills

Personal Statement - in no more than 500 words detailing the following Essential Experience:

1. A working knowledge of installing or maintaining data / IP networks

2. Knowledge of security system installations (IDS, CCTV, AACS, PIDS)

Technical: SSG Functional Competence Framework (Practitioner Level)

Area 1: Electronic Security Installation

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing: 11/07/2022

Interviews are currently taking place via video enabled medium (TEAMs) and will be conducted week commencing: 18/07/2022

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

1. Security Services Group Functional Framework

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.
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