Physical Protection Group - Technologist

Contract Type
Defence & Security, Engineering, IT, Public Sector
Albany Street, London
The starting salary is £51,196, which includes allowances totalling £2,841
Expiry Date
As a Technologist within the Physical Protection Group (PPG) you will use your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to make sure our officers have the best protection schemes.

Job Description

Physical Protection Group - Technologist

The starting salary is £51,196, which includes allowances totalling £2,841

The salary is broken down as £48,355 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the pay scale of £52,730 plus a Location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: Albany Street, London, NW1 4EE

As a Technologist within the Physical Protection Group (PPG) you will use your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to make sure our officers have the best protection schemes.  From body armour and helmets to vehicles, we develop the most effective defences.  Furthermore, we are constantly exploring new ways to combat the physical threats our organisation faces.

Physical Protection Group is responsible for the protection schemes for over 30,000 police officers and up to 15,000 police staff. We use science and engineering to evaluate threats (including ballistics and bladed weapons) and assess potential solutions.  As part of this highly skilled team, you will be integral to PPG activities.  Day-to-day, you will horizon scan, conduct research and development, plan trials (to test prototypes and off-the-shelf products), record data and summarise the results.  It is important that you can work both alone and as part of a team.  A hands-on approach is vital along with the willingness to travel and, on occasions, work and stay outside of London. The role can be physical and involves working in a variety of potentially challenging environments.

Physical Protection Group sits within Threat Mitigation Technologies (TMT) whose overall aim is to provide the highest level of engineering and scientific support to front-line MPS operations in order to find and mitigate some of the most significant threats that London faces from terrorism, extremism and serious crime.

Please note that a UK driving licence is essential (category B - car) and to be committed to drive vehicles as part of this role.

This role is subject to security clearance.


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

Our Employee Commitments

Counter Terrorism Policing aims to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and culture and an environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. Where any group or individual can be and feel respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our mission of “Working to keep people safe from Terrorism”.

Inclusion, diversity and equality is at the front and centre of our approach to make the composition of Counter Terrorism Policing more representative of the communities we serve.  As Counter Terrorism is rooted in Local Policing, to tackle today’s complex policing challenges, applications from across all communities are therefore essential and encouraged. Counter Terrorism Policing as a network is committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations’.

Counter Terrorism Policing is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, and including part time working or job share. In addition, this role has been reviewed following learning from work during the Covid pandemic and may be done in an agile manner. In the first instance, please contact the vacancy holder to discuss how such arrangements could be accommodated (where applicable).

Counter terrorism Policing recruitment is open to all, but we are keen to positively support those who are younger in service to join into our specialist environment.

How to apply

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Personal Statement

Within your personal statement please outline your previous experience and technical expertise relating to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Values and Competency Framework, at level 2 namely:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Compassion

We are looking for short descriptions of technical work where you have demonstrated one or more competencies within the MPS values.  You may choose to describe your examples using the STAR method (situation; task; action; result).

Please note: The use of this template is not compulsory and your personal statement should be no more than 1000 words.

Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 21 June 2024.