Head of Design, Planning and Coordination Team

Head of Design, Planning and Coordination Team

About the job


This is a fascinating new role to transform how Defence investigates serious crime. Working across all three Services (Navy, Army and the RAF) as well as civilian agencies to create something new and ambitious.

You will join a team of 7 other deputy directors within an overall directorate of nearly 200 personnel whose roles span a breadth of personnel policy areas such as accommodation strategy; health, wellbeing and welfare of Serving Personnel and their families; the Armed Forces Covenant; Armed Forces pay, pension and allowances; terms and conditions of Service; parliamentary and legislative functions; Service Justice and Service complaints.

Please note this role is offered on a fixed term basis and is expected to be a duration of 12 months from start date.


This new role is based in MOD Main Building. However Armed Forces Personnel Policy are very flexible in the location from which you work and are advocates of smarter working practices. As such any AFPPol location will be considered.

Job description

This role is to build and lead a dynamic team in order to design and plan an adaptable and sustainable Defence Serious / Specialist Crime Capability (DSCC) that maximises the use of talent in the Service Police and the MDP. The objective is to ensure that the investigation capability across Defence and the three Services (Navy, Army and Royal Air Force) is enhanced to build a stronger, more effective and collaborative approach to policing in Defence. The role will also enhance the opportunities for individuals within the serious / specialist crime field in Defence.

The DSCC once established will be required to perform four primary functions:

• Investigation of allegations of serious / specialist crime to protect the defence community from internal and external criminal activity and threat.
• The management of all crime and the coordination of all serious / specialist crime investigative resource and supporting capabilities.
• Collection, review, assessment, development and exploitation of criminal intelligence and information from across Defence.
• Coordination of organisational learning and workforce development across DSCC and linking with the other non-MOD law enforcement agencies

Please see attached the candidate information pack for further details.


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.



Reporting to the Chief of Defence People through the Director of Armed Forces People Policy, the postholder will need to shape the next phase to deliver DSCC as set out in the Terms of Reference (ToRs) (Annex A) while continuing to maintain business as usual for the Service Police and Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). This will include work to design how the DSCC will operate in detail and create the foundations for implementation, including a transition process. The approach will need to take into consideration ongoing work on other relevant recommendations from the Service Justice System Review, specifically the issue of independent oversight for complaints about the Service Police.

Specific responsibilities will include:

• Address the issues set out in the ToRs.
• Design a DSCC implementation strategy and plan, to include governance and accountability structure and design, strategic design and scope including a detailed target operating model.
• Develop the implementation strategy and plan into a schedule of work for implementation.
• Build, lead and grow a Design and Planning Coordination Team to help provide the outcomes/products for delivery.
• Create and coordinate four Defence Policing Requirements Teams, in the areas of intelligence, crime investigation, crime demand control and coordination; and organisational learning.
• Engage with senior colleagues across the Department (including Secretary of State, Minsiter for Defence Personnel and Veterans, and the Chiefs of the Navy, Army and RAF) to ensure wider buy-in, then effectively guide them through the change process, ensuring their actions to support the future state of the unit, while maintaining the required pace of delivery.

• Effectively manage a broad range of stakeholders inside and outside the organisation (who will have opposing views on how DSCC should operate).
• Actively manage the risks associated with delivery, being mindful of the necessary timescales.

Please see attached the Candidate Information Pack and Terms of Reference (ToRs) for further details.


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Sunday 13th September. You will be required to provide the following:

1. Some basic, personal information;
2. A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements;
3. A statement of suitability (1000 words max) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification. Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.


If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to take part in a series of leadership assessments. These assessments will not result in a pass or fail decision. Rather, they are designed to support the panel’s decision making and highlight areas for the panel to explore further at interview.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

The final selection panel interview is expected to take place w/c 12th October. Interviews will take place at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB. Should COVID-19 restrictions remain in force alternative arrangements for interviews may need to be made.

If you encounter any issues with your online application or if you would like to discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact: [email protected]

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Any move to The Ministry of Defence will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please see attached the candidate information pack for further details.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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