This post is an important leadership role in the Investment Security Unit (ISU), in the National Security Secretariat of the Cabinet Office. The ISU screens mergers and acquisitions for risks to national security and provides the Deputy Prime Minister with properly informed advice on how to exercise his powers under the National Security and Investment Act 2021. It is an exciting time to join the ISU – having been fully operational for two successful years, we are continuing to establish ISU as a centre of excellence in investment security domestically and internationally, working closely with partners across Government to strengthen the UK’s overall economic security.
The post holder leads a number of teams within the ISU which collectively play vital roles supporting and enabling the more operationally-focused teams to successfully screen transactions for national security risk. The full job title is Deputy Director, ASPIIRE – Analysis, Secretariat, Policy, IT, International Relations and Engagement.
Specifically the role involves:
The post holder will be a member of the leadership team of the Investment Security Unit. Working closely with the Deputy Director Risk Identification, Compliance and Enforcement, and Deputy Director Risk Assessment, you will ensure that your teams support an effective case-working function, and that the ISU is collectively drawing insights from individual cases to improve the policy and legislative basis for investment screening, strengthening the UK’s overall investment landscape and national security.
The post holder will need to work effectively and collaboratively with the other parts of Government that have roles on national security, promotion of inward investment and sector expertise, in particular with No 10, the wider Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Foreign Office, HM Treasury, Department for Business and Trade and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.
It is important that, through your CV and supporting statement, that you provide evidence of the professional skills, breadth of experience and personal qualities for this post. The successful candidate will be a strong, credible leader, and will need to show evidence of their capability in the following areas:
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