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Salary: 40,000 + substantial pension and benefits GBP

The Challenge
The Strategic Compliance Manager is a new role within DIO in a growing field. We are looking for 21 forward thinking, collaborative and self-motivated Strategic Compliance Managers to join us. As we experience increasing demands from our customers, this is an exciting and meaningful time to join DIO and get the opportunity to work on one of the largest estates in the UK.

The Strategic Compliance Manager will ensure that the Defence Estate meets the required compliance standards, making it safe and fit for purpose. They will be accountable for the overall management and leadership of one of the six strategic compliance areas (Fuels, Fire, Gas, Electrical, Asbestos and Legionella). Travel is required between sites to review projects, infrastructure and local issues.

The successful candidates will lead a range of compliance focused operational challenges putting safety first, implementing long-term compliance improvement plans, upskilling local teams, identifying opportunities towards Net Zero, to name a few. Everything you do will be in support of a safe and compliant estate and to support the strategic goals of the military.

This is an exciting time to join our diverse, outstanding and motivated team where we are seeking like-minded and hardworking individuals. Our roles provide a great sense of achievement by supporting the accomplishment of our team outputs and goals to provide excellent facilities for our Service Personnel across multiple MoD locations.

We fully support flexible working and will consider the needs of successful candidates to ensure that the right work-life balance is achieved subject to operational needs. DIO is a multiple award winning smarter working organisation that has successfully applied flexible working best practices, supported by digital technology and modern workspaces that will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance in a collaborative working environment.

Post Locations
Our Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Strategic Compliance Managers are based across the UK including:

Scotland & Northern Ireland: DIO Rosyth KY11 2BL, Thiepval Barracks Lisburn BFPO 801, RAF Lossiemouth IV31 6SD, Defence Munitions Beith KA15 1JT.

Central: Donnington TF2 8JX, Catterick DL9 3LR, Brecon LD3 7EA, Waddington LN5 9NB, Whittington WS13 9PY, Wittering, PE8 6HB.

South West: Lyneham SN15 4PZ, Wareham BH20, Plymouth PL1 3QS, Andover, SP11 8HJ, Fareham, PO14 1AS.

South East: Andover SP11 8HJ, RAF High Wycombe HP14 4UE, Northolt HA4 6NG, Sandhurst GU15 4PQ.

Other locations to those listed above may be considered. If found successful and subject to availability, you will be offered one or more locations as your base office. You will be required to work from this specific office on a regular basis, however, you will also be required to travel to other sites within your regional and wider DIO estate. You will be asked to confirm your preferred base location/s at the application stage.

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
A Strategic Compliance Manager at DIO will:
Providing direct support and proactive advice to site teams on their specific area.
Taking the lead in carrying out compliance investigations to ensure contractors align with their contractual obligations and are delivering in a consistent manner across the Region.
Implement compliance recommendations put forward by the senior customer stakeholders.
Formulate strategies to continually improve compliance
Lead and mitigate key compliance risks
Work alongside site teams in identifying works for future programmes and provide a coherent, continuous improvement focused bid for our customers for the next financial year.

Responsibilities also include:
Build an environment of strong working relationships both within the team and with other teams across DIO, MoD and Industry Partners.
Lead the provision of the external technical support interface and coordination with partners including Subject Matter Experts.
Identify and communicate trends and issues relating to technical matters across all Regional Delivery
Supervise Industry Partner performance in line with the contract to ensure that statutory and mandatory requirements are met and collaborate with IP to resolve issues.
Work with commercial team members where there is a requirement for a technical input to clarify a contractual scope issue.
Portfolio and Issue Management in support of works, in year programmed works and future years programmes.
Work as an active member of the team, supervising compliance with MOD and DIO policy, instructions and guidance.
Support estate assurance activities.
Responsible for ensuring pro-active action in the case of non-compliant delivery or actions for all partners.

Environmental Factors Associated with the Post
Strategic Compliance Managers may be expected to visit active construction sites, however, Health and Safety training will be provided.

Essential Experience & Skills
Proven experience in compliance management across a large portfolio or/and complex organisation.
Experience of working in a property management (or similar) organisation including experience of managing one of the following: fire, legionella, gas, asbestos, electrical, fuels.
Understanding and complying with estate and property related legislative, statutory, regulatory and professional requirements.
Relevant experience of working in highly collaborative environments and/or matrix managed organisations.

Driving Licence as need to visit multiple sites sometimes including an overnight stay not all are accessible by public transport.

BTEC/ SQAHNVQ or SCOTVEC HNC/ HND in relevant field
Substantial relevant & recent experience in a construction, infrastructure or engineering related discipline and willing to work towards a relevant professional qualification
Holds full professional membership with CIBSE, IET or similar relevant professional body.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together


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

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

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.

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. Flexible working, Part-Time working and Job Share working patterns will be considered.

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 and Experience.

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 Job History and Personal Statement.
In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

At application you will be assessed against the following:
CV detailing Job History and Full Qualification details.
A Personal Statement is required, in no more than 750 words detailing the following:
Proven experience in compliance management across a large portfolio or/and complex organisation.
Experience of working in a property management (or similar) organisation including experience of managing one of the following: fire, legionella, gas, asbestos, electrical, fuels.
Understanding and complying with estate and property related legislative, statutory, regulatory and professional requirements.
Relevant experience of working in highly collaborative environments and/or matrix managed organisations.

At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:
Managing a Quality Service
Working Together

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing 11th July 2022.

Interviews are currently taking place via MS Teams and will be conducted week commencing 18 July 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.

For further information regarding this vacancy please contact:

Regional Delivery - Scotland & Northern Ireland
Name: Andrew Dimond
Telephone: 03001613849
Email: [email protected]

Regional Delivery - Central
Name: Denise Cousins
Telephone: 07747118775
Email: [email protected]

Regional Delivery - South West
Name: Andy Kelly
Telephone: 07800 510959
Email: [email protected]

Regional Delivery - South East
Name: Victoria Somerville
Telephone: 07976730460
Email: [email protected]

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.

Northern Ireland

For jobs based in Northern Ireland, applications are welcome from all sectors of the community, but members from the Roman Catholic community are particularly welcomed, as this group is currently underrepresented in our workforce.
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£40,000.00 / year
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