Secure Technical Services Officers
Salary: £33,500 - £44,197 plus location allowance, relocation support and excellent benefits
Location: Based overseas in either Rabat, Accra, Addis Ababa, Abuja, Riyadh or New Delhi, plus extensive travel across your region
With a background in electrical engineering, or technical installations, your technical skills and problem solving ability are second to none. You’ve got a Level 3 qualification, or equivalent, in Electronic Engineering or another relevant technical discipline. You’re methodical and able to keep a calm head. You have experience of working overseas. Or perhaps you’ve thought about working overseas, but have never known how to make it happen? If so, we want to hear from you.
At FCDO Services, we work with government customers, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, to help protect the UK’s interests around the world. We design and construct secure government buildings. We help earthquake proof embassies. We courier diplomatic packages across continents. We keep complex projects on track, and on budget. And we help install and maintain the secure systems that keep people, information and assets safe. And that’s where you’ll come in.
To deliver for our global customers, we need to understand the environment they’re working in and be on-hand to respond with speed when they need us. That’s why, alongside teams based in the UK, we have a network of expert colleagues located in UK Embassies and High Commissions (posts) around the world. As a Secure Technical Services Officer you’ll join this vital team, and be responsible for maintaining the operational integrity of all on-site secure communications and systems. Based at one of the posts above for a period of three to four years, this a fantastic opportunity if you want to live abroad, travel and immerse yourself in a different culture, all while playing a key role in ensuring the UK’s diplomatic network can run as safely and securely as possible.
Secure overseas embassies and protect the UK’s best interests
You’ll be the on-site expert on anything relating to technical security at post. This will include everything from perimeter and protective security such as CCTV and physical barriers, to secure radio and satellite communications, and intruder detection alarms. You’ll schedule and carry out regular inspections to maintain and ensure operational integrity. You’ll monitor for potential threats, whether due to wear and tear or attempted physical or cyber attack. You’ll also be on-hand to resolve any issues as they arise, fixing them when you can, or liaising with your colleagues across the regional network, or back in the UK, to provide a solution. Plus, you’ll be on-hand to complete any small installation works or upgrades to existing systems, ensuring they’re thoroughly tested and fit for use. You’ll also travel widely in your region to provide the same level of service and support to customers at other outposts. And as our local expert, you’ll also be the eyes and ears for colleagues based elsewhere, keeping everyone informed of any larger programmes of work that might be needed.
Provide essential support for our customers and colleagues
Your technical knowledge is key, but you’ll also need to be great at planning and prioritising your own workload. It’s a varied role, so you’ll be quick to adapt to new situations: things that demand you be resourceful; flexible; and calm. As our representative at post, you’ll also need to be comfortable building relationships with our customers, including Ambassadors and Heads of Mission. And of course, you’ll be the go-to person on all technical security matters, so you could find yourself sitting on committees, or liaising with local contractors to ensure standards are maintained, or providing training to other colleagues.
Develop the skills you need to help people everywhere
You may have gained your experience serving in the British forces, or as an electrical engineer, or installer of secure systems in the public or private sector, but whatever your background, you’ll find that your skills are transferrable. We’ll also make sure that you have all the specialist training you need for the systems you’ll be working with, and throughout your career with us. It’s the same job – but now with greater impact, worldwide travel, and a sense of pride that’s hard to match.
When you first join us, you’ll be based at our site at Hanslope Park Milton Keynes for up to six months. This will give you a chance to learn about our organisation and time to learn the systems you’ll be working with. You’ll also have the chance to meet and shadow some of your colleagues. We’ll also help organise and support you with your relocation, and where applicable, that of your family who can accompany you to Post After that time, you’ll have everything you need to join your post for three to four years. After that, you could move to another regional post, or join a different team in the UK or overseas to continue your career with us.
Be rewarded for your impactful work
Our overseas training and benefits make sure you’re supported before, during and after your post – including providing UK standards of family healthcare and education, and covering your accommodation, utilities and travel costs. Being a Civil servant you’ll also receive a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance and a Civil Service pension. Above all, it’s a chance to join a team with rare impact, experience living in a different part of the world and use your skills to help keep people and information safe. In short, it’s your job, bigger.
Because of the secure nature of our work, every colleague must be security cleared before joining us. If you’re successful in your application, we’ll ask you to undergo our vetting process to achieve Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website.
Want to see your future team’s work in action? You can step into our Virtual Embassy, to see how we deliver for government customers and how you could help. Explore the embassy now on our website or find out more about us and what a career at FCDO Services offers.
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Closing date: 31st October 2022
It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.
The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.
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