Director of Security for Parliament

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26 August 2020
House of Commons
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
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Job Description

Sitting in the iconic Palace of Westminster, the UK Parliament consists of two houses: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Both work on behalf of UK citizens to scrutinise the work of Government. They set and shape effective laws, hold the power to set taxes, and debate and make decisions on the key issues of the day.

The Parliamentary Security Department (PSD) is responsible for physical, personnel and cyber security across both Houses of Parliament and provides support to Members and staff when away from the Estate. Its purpose is to keep Parliament safe and open for business. 

PSD sets security strategy provides expert advice and delivers an operational service. It does this in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and by working closely with teams within Parliament responsible for order and ceremonial aspects of how the Houses operate, such as the In-House and Strategic Estates teams, Serjeant at Arms and Black Rods office. 

The post holder will also need to work in partnership with the Restoration & Renewal programme, the Parliamentary Digital Service, and other key stakeholders.We are seeking an outstanding individual to join the Houses of Parliament as the Director of Security for Parliament (DSP). This is a crucial and important role that is a joint appointment by both Houses but is a House of Commons employee. 

The DSP can attend meetings of the House of Lords Management Board and the Commons Executive Board. The appointed individual will be responsible for ensuring the physical, personnel and cyber security of both Houses of Parliament. The DSP will lead the Parliamentary Security Department of more than 500 people protecting the Parliamentary estate, so this is an individual who is a collaborative and experienced leader.

 Of utmost importance will be working in partnership with a number of key stakeholders including the Metropolitan Police Service providing strategic direction on the security of the estate, the Parliamentary Digital Service to give strategy and policy advice on cyber security and the Serjeant at Arms and Black Rod to advise on security of the House of Commons and House of Lords. This post is critical to advising Members of both Houses and their staff on all aspects of security and the individual must work closely with Members on specific cases when required. 

The appointed individual will bring a strong track record as a security professional and extensive subject matter expertise in physical, personnel and cyber security. Candidates will have knowledge of, and experience of working with, government security institutions and processes and experience of working successfully with the police at both the operational and strategic levels. Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the House of Commons on this appointment. 

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the House of Commons on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference OETI. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.