Junior Software Engineer - Band N - Counter Terrorism Policing


West Brompton
Band N
Full Time
36 hours per week

Job Title: Junior Software Engineer - Counter Terrorism Policing

Salary: £45,192 to £49,280 plus a Location allowance of £1,721. You will receive £45,192 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £49,280 will be via incremental progression.

Location: West Brompton


Helping Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) to protect the country – it doesn’t get much more important than that. As a Junior Software Engineer, you’ll use your programming skills to support CTP so our team can perform their vital work.

In this entry level role, you’ll develop and support systems that will help CTP to keep the UK safe from threats. Working at National CTP HQ, you’ll design and create bespoke software and integrate external solutions and scripts to support CTP’s operations. It’s a chance to analyse new and emerging technologies; integrate services, infrastructure and applications; and tackle the tactical development of scripts and hardware exploits. You’ll need to the flexibility to switch between different tasks and to travel to other UK sites if necessary.

With experience in coding, you’ll be fluent in languages such as .Net, Python and Javascript. However, you’ll also be motivated to learn more and become a resident expert. A natural problem solver, you’ll apply your analytical mind to issues and take responsibility for coming up with a solution. An understanding of Government Security Classifications and threats to systems would be ideal, along with a valid UK driving licence.    

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, a competitive salary and a Civil Service pension, you'll also benefit from excellent career and professional development. If you’re looking to progress, this is an outstanding opportunity.

Job Summary

As a Software Engineer, you will be involved in providing technical support and expertise to National CTP HQ, designing and creating bespoke software and/or integrating external solutions and scripts to assist in operations and strategic work.

This role requires a flexible working approach and be self-motivated to help ensure that the various environments are well architected and documented.

The role holder may be required to travel to sites around the UK as appropriate so having a valid UK driving licence is desirable.              

Key Tasks

The post holder will be required to do the following:

  • Engage in longer term projects as required
  • Integration of new services, infrastructure or applications
  • Tactical development of scripts/solutions
  • Tactical development of hardware exploits
  • Analysis of new and emerging technologies, devices, and user habits
  • Analyse information, apply professional judgement and provide opinion, with rationale
  • Keep abreast and up to date with relevant current affairs issues, technologies and subject matter requirements as required


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required. 

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) or Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

Confidentiality Agreement

Applicants should also be aware of the need to sign a confidentiality agreement on taking up the post.

Our Employee Commitments

Counter Terrorism Policing aims to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and culture and an environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. Where any group or individual can be and feel respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our mission of “Working to keep people safe from Terrorism”.

Inclusion, diversity and equality is at the front and centre of our approach to make the composition of Counter Terrorism Policing more representative of the communities we serve.  As Counter Terrorism is rooted in Local Policing, to tackle today’s complex policing challenges, applications from across all communities are therefore essential and encouraged. Counter Terrorism Policing as a network is committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations’.

Counter Terrorism Policing is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working or job share. In addition, this role has been reviewed following learning from work during the Covid pandemic and may be done in an agile manner. In the first instance, please contact the vacancy holder to discuss how such arrangements could be accommodated (where applicable). 

Counter Terrorism Policing recruitment is open to all, but we are keen to positively support those who are younger in service to join into our specialist environment.

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 22nd February 2023.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.


Essentials Experience

  • Competence in at least three of the following:
  • Experience and knowledge of the Government Security Classifications levels and an understanding of the Cabinet Office Security Policy Framework
  • The role holder must be eligible for SC (STRAP) vetting clearance – DV May be required in the future
  • Highly motivated and determined to contribute to the mission. Engages in continuous learning to become a subject matter expert, particularly in technologies
  • Identifies and gathers relevant sources and types of information. Applies an analytical and logical mind-set to interpret large volumes of information, particularly quantitative. Considers alternative (including innovative and creative) approaches to solving problems
  • Considers options and makes clear, timely, justifiable decisions independently
  • Works co-operatively with others, developing positive working relationships with customers, colleagues and stakeholders (including senior colleagues)
  • Organises tasks effectively and in line with the organisation’s objectives and priorities, prioritising and managing time well
  • Takes initiative and ownership for resolving problems, has a strong work ethic and manages the demands of the role effectively
  • Communicates effectively, using plain language and simplifying technical information appropriately to the audience. Excellent written communication skills with particular emphasis on strong scientific report-writing skills and documenting code


  • Ability to prioritise, execute tasks and achieve results against competing project demands 
  • Knowledge of one or more of the below:
  • Secure by Design Coding.
  • Preferred ITIL V3 Foundation certified
  • UK full Driving Licence

This opportunity is closed to applications.