Senior Intelligence and Threats Advisor

UK Department for Transport
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 24

Position description

We recognise the challenges that people with protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Are you experienced in working in an intelligence or national security related role?

Can you see the bigger picture?

Do you have excellent engagement skills with the ability to build and develop effective working relationships?

If so, then we would love for you to apply!

Job description

The Department for Transport (DfT) is looking for an intelligence professional to take a leading role in developing the departments engagements with the UK Intelligence Community and developing the use of intelligence across the department to support policy, crisis management and strategy. This role presents a valuable opportunity for someone looking to understand the real-world impacts of intelligence and supporting translation of intelligence assessments into tangible policy and operational decisions, within a department that is growing in its national security credentials. Previous occupants in the role have gone on to promotion in either policy or intelligence career pathways.

This role sits within the Intelligence and Threats Team (ITT), which itself is a part of the Transport Security Operation Centre (TSOC). TSOC is DfTs crisis management nerve centre, leading the department’s planning for and responses to major incidents which impact the transport network, both domestically and internationally. As TSOC leads on the department’s emergency response mechanisms, you will occasionally be required to participate in the department’s response to a security or civil contingencies incident. This could include out of hours working. 

As part of ITT, you will support the department's security and resilience portfolios, ranging from counter terrorism and cyber security to hostile state threats. You will work with security and intelligence partners from across government to help mitigate risks to the UK’s transport sector, with ITT providing the vital links between many of these partners and the DfT. 

The role requires DV clearance however candidates can onboard with SC Clearance and continue undergoing DV whilst in post. Should the successful candidate not obtain DV then there will be a requirement to be re-deployed to an alternative post should a position be available.


Key accountabilities of the role include:

  • Identifying emerging trends in threat to transport.
  • Providing intelligence input to support both security and civil preparedness operational planning.
  • Supporting DfT in being prepared to respond to security emergencies, identifying and embedding best practice and lessons.
  • Crisis Management focal point linking into the operations team, providing intelligence support and assistance for the response to security and civil contingency events.
  • Managing and supporting the work of one or two of three individuals in the team. This will require the ability to understand modal policy and its intelligence requirements.
  • Developing relationships with external partners at home and abroad to facilitate sharing of threat information and best practices.
  • Overseeing production of, and iteratively refining, a range of transport security products, including a weekly security summary for Ministers and senior officials.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with intelligence and across government partners, to ensure the DfT is considered a key and intelligent customer in intelligence and is sufficiently shaping the collective HMG strategy.

For an in-depth insight into the role please refer to the Role Profile.

Person specification

You will have excellent engagement skills and be someone who can build rapport quickly with others as you develop effective working relationships within the department and beyond. You will be a self-starter who can drive development of new, productive relationships and products. You will be able to integrate yourself into modal security teams, building up your credibility as an expert in intelligence and threat, whilst understanding their information requirements and translating these into intelligence requirements for partners.

Given the fast-paced evolution of threats, and the changing nature of transport systems, the post holder will need to be able to assimilate and communicate sensitive, sometimes technical, information to support risk mitigation and policy development. You will need to be a team player, who is able to understand TSOCs requirements and support other teams as required. As the team is responsible for the intelligence requirements of all teams across DfT, you will need the ability to see the big picture and understand how requirements across DfT fit together with each other and the wider HMG priorities and requirements.

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