Deputy Director Science & Technology Advantage

The National Security Unit, Intelligence and Security section is responsible for driving and coordinating the cross-government approach to intelligence, security and technology providing advice to the PM, National Security Adviser and Deputy National Security Advisers, holding departments to account and working with international partners: ensuring agency powers, resources, and capabilities are effectively prioritised, protected, and overseen; supporting a whole of government approach to countering terrorism and serious organised crime including providing world class crisis response; and directing the government approach to science and technology and data policy, setting up systems for cross-WH leadership on areas incl. emerging technologies, high risk vendors; safe use of the internet, and NS interests.


Job description

To lead the Science and Technology team, working closely with the unit Director and DNSA. The successful candidate will develop options and oversee delivery of a broad programme of work, to transform the way HMG anticipates and reacts to the opportunities and risks from rapid scientific and technological change; including facilitating delivery of:

- the integrated review Science, Technology and Data Chapter building out the PM’s vision for the UK to be a ‘Great Science Power’.

- the establishment of new functions of Government required to revolutionise HMG strategic planning for new technologies and horizon scanning (with GO-Science)

- introducing new ways of working required to achieve this - specifically a systems and data led approach that draws on the UKs strengths outside government

- Oversight, coordination and delivery of NSC decision on 5G including diversification strategy and telecoms security legislation

- Leading and running of the cross Whitehall Emerging Technology Board

- Developing strong policy and systems links between the national security and economic policy functions of government and contributing to the UK’s industrial strategy with regard to national security science and technology

- US joint C-19 recovery work with a Science and Tech focus

- G7 science and technology - leading Cabinet Office policy input coordinating across Whitehall and with the G7 team

- No 10’s Tech State workplan bringing together all the strands on S&T/R&D/funding priorities

- National security priorities around international standards

- Drive the team’s international engagement to exploit the full potential of our connections with the private sector and like-minded governments.


National planning on Science and Technology policy is now widely seen as a key component of countries geostrategic influence, security and economic and social success. It requires coherence and collaboration right across government and with wider society. The Cabinet Office and the centre of government therefore has a critical role to play and this post holder will drive forward this nascent agenda to an established and enduring state.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience required:

• Leading effective teams.

• Managing a diverse workload.

• Senior and Ministerial engagement.

• Strategic, long term thinking.

• Bold and ambitious approach to work.

• Experience working in a National Security Environment.

Specialist Skills:

• An experienced leader with a strong understanding of cutting-edge technology, data policy and science, its impact and potential in both the national security and prosperity context, and who can lead development of bold ambitious strategies and turn them into practical plans for delivery by the CO team and wider HMG.


Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Civil Service values and supports all its employees.

We have strong and pro-active staff networks, special leave policies for hospital appointments, reasonable adjustments put in place for those who need them, and diversity talent programmes to help everyone irrespective of background, to achieve their potential.


Your pension is a valuable part of your total reward package.

A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire. Visit Civil Service Pension Scheme for more details.

Generous Annual Leave and Bank Holiday Allowance:

25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.

This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.

Staff Wellbeing:

Flexible working including part-time or time-term working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours.

Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here.

Onsite facilities Opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable).

Season Ticket and Bicycle Loan:

Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle.

Occupational sick pay

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