Senior Police Adviser
Senior Police Adviser – Chief Superintendent (or Superintendent on temporary promotion) – Secondment to the Home Office Science and Technology Commissioning Hub
This post can be based at any one of the Home Office locations in London (Marsham Street/Lunar House, Croydon) or at Home Office Science locations in the West Midlands. The postholder will be required to travel nationally. The Commissioning Hub adopt an agile and SMART working model, utilising IT to maintain team contact.
About the job
The Science & Technology Commissioning Hub (CH) is a team within the Home Office Science Directorate. The Directorate includes specialists in physical and life science, engineering, social research, economics, statistics, operational research and veterinary science and practice and is part of the HO STARS Group. HO Science teams are located over a range of geographic locations including London, Croydon and Birmingham and are responsible for the delivery of a multi-million pound programme of Science and Technology (S&T) delivery and research including work undertaken by third parties such as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as well as working widely with industry and academia to allow the Home Office to build upon and exploit S&T opportunities across all HO priorities.
The remit of the Commissioning Hub is to identify if and how (S&T) may address the needs of customers, and to formally commission and deliver mutually agreed S&T outcomes. The CH works across all HO activities and delivers both portfolio management and customer engagement / scientific advice. The Unit currently works closely with a single delivery partner within central Government though the team are actively exploring routes to expanding our S&T supplier base to build commercial resilience and commission new S&T. The Commissioning Hub is a team comprising two main areas of Customer Engagement and Portfolio and Business Management.
The Customer Engagement area includes the Police Adviser team, Account Managers, and Science Advisers. The team of 3 Police Advisers is led by the Senior Police Adviser (SPA) and is responsible for developing stakeholder relationships along with identifying and scoping Policing S&T requirements. Current Police Adviser portfolios are – Strategic Partnerships, Crime, Cyber and Information Security, Frontline Policing. The role of the Police Adviser team is to provide timely advice to the Hub in relation to relevant Policing activities and help in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with policing, NCA and other government departments (OGDs). Working alongside the Science Advisers, the Police Advisers support the Account Managers in the identification of user needs and assist on translating these into clear science and technology requirements with operational focus. The Police Adviser team play a key role in working alongside delivery partners to provide end-user input and ensure projects remain focused on customer requirements. The Senior Police Adviser and their team is instrumental in developing and maintaining key strategic relationships which enable the Commissioning Hub to support policing priorities.
As the Senior Police Adviser, you will lead a team of Police Advisers who enable the delivery of key S&T support to policing. The SPA reports to the Head of Commissioning, providing a vital strategic link between the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the Police Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office Science and our S&T delivery partners. Your role is critical in providing strategic situational advice to HOC colleagues to aide in the identification, co-ordination, interpretation, and delivery of S&T to address policing requirements. The SPA is responsible for ensuring the Police Adviser team supports the Science Advisers, Account Managers and delivery organisations to deliver projects which meet end-user requirements and represent maximum value for Home Office investment. As a senior leader within HOC you will be influential in steering the future work of Home Office Science, ensuring focus on S&T exploitation opportunities to support and improve policing effectiveness. You will contribute to HOC planning activities and alignment of commissioned work to policing priorities.
As a senior police leader you will have a proven track record in leading complex policing operations, business delivery and managing teams. You will have a good understanding of the broad range of S&T which police require to undertake their activities and be able to demonstrate how you promote the adoption of S&T to improve policing. You will have experience of working with national policing strategic groups/boards and have an excellent awareness of the NPCC structures and functions. The ability to develop and maintain key senior stakeholder relationships is critical to this role.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS – drawn from the Policing Professional Framework (www.skillsforjustice-ppf.com) In addition to providing evidence of the experience detailed above, candidates will be required to evidence skills in all of the following competencies:
Project management and delivery
There will be a requirement for national travel as part of the role. Additional travel costs over and above normal home to office will be reimbursed; subject to agreement and adherence to Home Office policies.
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Selection process details
Please submit a CV and a covering letter of interest explaining why you are suitable for the role to: CommissioningHub@homeoffice.gov.uk
The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on 17th October 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
The applicants who appear from the information available to have the best qualifications and experience will be invited to attend an interview.
We will only accept applications with Line Manager and Chief Officer written support. Before applying candidates must confirm that their force HR unit supports this secondment.
The successful candidate will be subject to pre-employment checks on, amongst other things; health, finance, nationality before an appointment can be formally offered.
The post holder will require SC level clearance as a minimum before taking up the post.
Subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks and security clearance, it is anticipated that the candidate will start their secondment in January 2022.
The secondment period is for 2 years initially but can be extended up to 5 years (maximum) subject to satisfactory performance and agreement by all parties.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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