Technical Operations Network Engineer - Band I - CASU - SO15

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SO15 - Counter Terrorism Command
Vauxhall
COBALT SQUARE
Band I
Full Time
36 hours per week
Permanent

Job Title: Technical Operations Network Engineer - Band I - CASU - SO15

Salary: The starting salary is £43,227 which includes allowances totalling £2,841.

The salary is broken down as £40,386 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £45,615 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: Vauxhall

 

The Covert Asset Support Unit (CASU) provides surveillance support to CT operations, provides staff to the Counter Terrorism Operations Rooms and deploys covert technical surveillance assets.

The role of the CASU Technical Operations Network Engineer is to oversee and run the SO15 network in support of CT operations.

As a network engineer you will work as part of a team that provides technical support by means of a working knowledge of a broad range of network focused engineering subjects.

 

Key Tasks

The post holder will be required to do the following: You will be expected to keep abreast of developments in relevant technologies, such as by attending seminars, industry exhibitions and national working groups, and to identify alternative equipment options and improvements - in order to enhance the operational capabilities of the unit.

You will be required to participate in an 'on call' rota in order to provide an operational response capability, in accordance with MPS staff terms and conditions and allowances. This ‘on call’ commitment, along with planned maintenance periods, will result in occasionally working unsociable hours, possibly at short notice.

You will sometimes be required to work in difficult and challenging environments, subject to the appropriate risk assessment process and mitigation measures being put in place.

The role sometimes requires interaction with members of the public, in a professional manner, whilst maintaining confidentiality in sensitive environments.

You will be required to drive MPS vehicles, although the role does not come with a ‘company car’, unless you are required to travel during your working day.

The role requires working with sensitive and classified information, in a covert environment.

 

Key Skills

The post holder must have: A C&G/ONC/HNC/HND/degree in a relevant subject, or a high level of demonstrable experience as a network engineer, with industry recognised certification.

  • Good understanding and experience of network monitoring and troubleshooting tools
  • Good understanding of network security and firewall technologies
  • Good understanding of IP networks and network configuration/administration
  • An understanding of video and audio standards and compression, video and audio recording including NVRs and mass storage of data and video monitoring systems
  • Recognised engineering training e.g. apprenticeship, traineeship, armed forces trade training
  • At least two years of relevant post-training experience

 

Vetting and Strap

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) Developed Vetting (DV) level before taking up the post.

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). 

 

How to apply

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process, and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:

https://sscl-innovation.com/MPScandidatepack/

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 23:55 on 25 December 2023.

www.metpolicecareers.co.uk

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.

Read our full disability confidence statement.

Experience

Two years post-training relevant experience as a network engineer, meaning that suitable candidates should be able to identify and diagnose network issues, and perform most day-to-day network maintenance activities, such as installing software patches, with minimal mentoring from colleagues. CASU has a high operational tempo, and there is limited opportunity for on-the-job training in general network maintenance tasks. Training in specific tasks will be provided.

 

Desirables

  • Experience and understanding of Cisco and Juniper switches/routers/firewalls and VPN technologies
  • Experience of network design
  • Experience of distribution of audio and video feeds over IP networks
  • Experience of working in a similar role (e.g. in a law enforcement or military TSU)
  • Operational experience of deployments of audio, video, tracking and associated transmission equipment
  • Knowledge of transmission systems to include: radio frequency, modulation methods, antennas, IP radio, mobile data networks (3G, 4G, 5G) and satellite
  • Currently hold, or have previously held, Developed Vetting level security vetting

 

Competencies Value Framework

Cluster – Resolute, compassionate and committed

  • We are emotionally aware – Level 1
  • We take ownership – Level 1

Cluster – Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

  • We are collaborative – Level 1 

Cluster – Intelligent, creative and informed policing

  • We are innovative and open minded – Level 1

Met Values

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity

 


 

 

Band M
The following competencies will be tested against during sift:
  • We are innovative and open-minded at level 1
  • We are emotionally aware at level 1
  • We take ownership at level 1
  • We are collaborative at level 1
The following values will be tested against during sift:
  • Professionalism 
  • Integrity 

Disability Confident Statement 

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.

Read our full disability confidence statement.

Disability Confident Employer

This opportunity is closed to applications.