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Deputy Director, Head of the Transport Security Operations Centre

Contract Type
Public Sector
Circa £70,000
Expiry Date
This is an exciting, high profile leadership role for a security or response professional within the central national security team in the Department for Transport.

Job Description

The role would suit someone who is resilient, likes change and working under time pressure, and who is able to grasp complex and dynamic issues quickly to understand what really matters from a transport perspective.

The successful candidate will be the ‘face’ of incident response needing to be calm under pressure and able to lead the team and wider department to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. We are not always in crisis mode, and much of this role is about shaping the preparedness of the Department and keeping up the momentum of our business as usual work as the resource demands fluctuate.



Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the co-ordination of the Department’s response to major transport security incidents with significant cross-modal, cross-sector and/or widespread geographic impacts and high reputational risk exposure
  • Ensuring DfT has effective contingency plans for high impact events; embedding a more agile response doctrine across the DfT
  • Providing expert advice on Whitehall crisis machinery to senior colleagues managing single-mode transport security incidents
  • Briefing Ministers and senior officials both during responses and in ‘peace time’
  • Supporting, accompanying and representing Ministers at COBR and other crisis response forums when a cross-departmental view is needed; decision making on behalf of the department in fast-paced responses
  •  Representing the Department at senior official level crisis response meetings
  • Intelligently deploying TSOC resources to deliver core response functions, enabling policy and corporate experts to focus on the highest- value activities
  • Lead the improvement of the Department’s response facilities and secure area
  • Some deputising duties for Director TS-COR (including Director/Director General level meetings, for example National Security Council); active leadership on wider corporate issues
  • Developing DfT’s reputation as a leading policy department on National Security  issues
  • Actively role-modelling and supporting flexible working