Team Leaders

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • South West England
  • £39,000.00 - £52,000.00
  • Research facilities

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Fareham, South East : Salisbury, South West, RAF Wyton

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Job description

Our team leaders provide a balance of technical and professional leadership skills for their teams, ensuring that capability is developed to meet current and future demands whilst delivering day to day work in a challenging environment.

You could be a key part in shaping the future of some of our key technical areas.

As well as a background relevant to the area you will have:
- An ability to quickly develop good working relationships with a variety of people
- Good networking skills
- Tact and diplomacy in dealing with a wide range of issues/challenges whtin your team and beyond
- You'll demonstrate persistence to see things through to a conclusion
- Real passion for developing capability and people
- The aptitude to lead through change
- Able to communicate coherently and sensitively, explaining complex issues in a way that is easy to understand
- You'll have strong Emotional intelligence skills, and be able to understand your own and others reactions, motivations etc.
- Able to handle conflicting priorities successfully delivering to changing requirements
- Able to successfully handle multiple tasks at a time
- The ability to work with colleagues to achieve a common goal

We have a number of Team Leader roles available across various locations and technical areas. You will be a positive role model to lead and maintain the capability of one of these teams:

Knowledge Information Services (Porton Down)
We’re responsible for providing the organisation, and business collaboration partners, with appropriately controlled access to Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS). This includes access to necessary information, data exchange, communications, knowledge management and specialist advice.

You will lead team members who deliver strategic and technical direction for Information Systems Architecture, Information Assurance and Management, and Architectural Governance across Dstl. The team also provides support and maintenance capability for highly classified networks.

Explosives Analysis Group, Identity Intelligence (Porton Down)
We support and advise MOD and wider Government on the detection, identification and characterisation of explosives substances and related materials. We conduct research & development into the use of equipment and animals to support a search capability for UK Forces and Other Government Departments. We deliver sovereign explosives, forensic and intelligence capabilities provide front-line scientific capability and experienced advice and intelligence-led support to disrupt the network.

The following skills would be highly desirable for this role;
- Knowledge of forensics and biometrics
- DNA examination and/or Latent fingerprint recovery experience
- Experience of collaborating with the police and/or international partners
- Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team

Defence and Security Analysis Land Environment Group (Portsdown West)

We deliver analytical studies to support Army and MoD decision-making on future technology, fighting vehicles, soldier systems, artillery and military engineering.

You'll lead one of four teams;

Land Capability Analysis Team (LCAT)
We provide land combat expertise and pan-Land Environment operational analysis studies on the Future Force Development and current Army.

Close Combat Team (CCT)
Our analysis focuses on Dismounted and Mounted Close Combat. This covers dismounted soldier systems including body armour and PPE, weapons, C2 and the adversary threat, mounted research, land autonomy and conceptual land force development.

Combat Support Team (CST)
We focus on Military Engineering and Indirect Fires capabilities including Technical Demonstrator Projects, obstacle breaching, advanced materials research and indirect fire weapon platforms, systems integration, munitions studies and conceptual studies.

Operation Support Team (OST)
We are the primary capability development and delivery mechanism for MOD deployable scientists for Support to Operations including a 24/7 Reach back capability that provides advice direct to Operations both within the UK and overseas.

Policy Analysis Team (Portsdown West)
The Policy Analysis team delivers work in order to support MOD with the majority of work through the Policy & Capability Enterprise Support (PCES) and Missile Defence & Security Systems (MDSS) programmes. We are responsible for Analysis support to Security Policy and Deterrence, Defence Challenge Function and Wargaming.

Air and Maritime (Portsdown West)
We provide impartial and objective analysis to support decision-making, primarily in Air and Navy Commands. The team conducts analysis of force structures and coherence at the component level, force generation, policy impact assessments, scenario analysis along with threat characterisations and cost analysis.

C4ISR Enterprise Analysis Team (Portsdown West)
The C4ISR Enterprise Analysis team delivers work of cross-cutting C4ISR capabilities and their impact on wider Defence capabilities, policy and strategy, to support evidence-based decision making by the Ministry of Defence and other strategic partners. The team delivers operational analysis in the areas of Command and Control, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Communication and Information Systems and Space.

Sytems Thinking and Consulting Group (Portsdown West or Porton Down)
Our group supports Government customers with complex, subjective or unbounded ‘wicked’ problems that are intractable to objective, mechanistic or reductive analysis. We have a good track record of applying Systems Thinking, Consultancy and Facilitation skills and techniques to take a holistic view of problem situations that cross boundaries of discipline, domain or organisation’ and permits reporting on future threats, opportunities and implications which challenge future visions of defence and security and allow for better preparedness and mitigation , by means of futures methods and techniques, for the benefits of decision makers across MoD and other government departments.

Cyber and Information Systems Division
Information Assurance and Security
(Porton Down)
Our work focuses on information security, its policies and technologies and provide direct consultancy to other parts of MOD (often during procurement).
We contribute to working groups & helping define policy with both GCHQ and NATO and working on Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) funded programmes – some of which also support international collaboration.

Cyber Defence Technology (Porton Down)
We deliver research and advice focused on technologies to defend MOD systems from ever evolving cyber attack. Our work ranges from low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) concept development in the context of defending future systems, through to high TRL technology assessment to improve defence of vulnerable legacy systems.

Electronic Warfare Systems and Enterprise Teams (Porton Down)
Our teams deliver detailed technical expertise through to wider systems and enterprise level work. We provide a spectrum of project support activities that covers close working with Defence Equipment & Support and involves helping to define requirements for new systems on a range of platforms and assessment of equipment for in-service acceptance.

Ideally you should have some awareness of Electronic Warfare and wider defence in respect of key platforms and systems but not essential as full training is provided.

Intelligent Data Systems, Data Science and AI Research (Porton Down)
Our teams supports MoD through the effective use of data, information and intelligence. You will play a key leadership role in the Group and help enable Defence to turn data into information advantage through the application of the following capabilities:
- Data Science (including text analytics, geospatial and temporal analysis, imagery analysis, correlation and information fusion)
- Signal and Data Processing
- Intelligence Systems Engineering
- Cyber Situational Awareness
- Artificial Intelligence

You will support your team apply a range of information science and machine intelligence skills on real problems and real data to make a real difference. You will work across Dstl, the UK MOD and Security Agencies, UK Government, industry and academia (including the Alan Turing Institute) as well as with international partners.

Radar Applied Research (Porton Down)
Your team will develop the next generation of radar sensing. Prior experience of radar systems is not necessary as a training package will be provided on starting. A science background and leadership skills are key.

Electro-Optic Systems (Porton Down)
We deliver electro-optic science and technology and frontline advice. The role will be responsible for developing the team's expertise and networks with academia and industry. We'll train you in electro-optics if this isn't your background.

Space Missions Team (Portsdown West)
Our team work across the following:
- Small satellite design principals, engineering and experimentation
- Constellation design, & military utility assessment
- Knowledge of payloads, sensors and capabilities
- Knowledge of spacecraft standards
- Working with space suppliers to provide training and expertise
- Technical advice and decision support

This team is one of three teams in the newly created Space Group. Although it has been formed from existing space teams, you will shape its identity, working closely with existing Space Team Leaders to support the space programme.

Vulnerabilities Team (Porton Down)
We are Dstl’s centre of gravity in the field of embedded systems and vulnerability research and you will help to further establish the group as being the first port of call across government in offering the right skills, expertise and necessary tooling to find and fully understand vulnerabilities in advanced embedded devices. Our skills include:
- RF Technologies;
- Protocols;
- Electronics;
- Embedded Software;
- Software/Hardware Development;
- Reverse Engineering.

Cyber Systems (Porton Down)
We are a team of cyber systems and technology experts that use the mind-set of an aggressor to characterise and assess our military systems for the purposes of finding Cyber Vulnerabilities. You'll have responsibility for maintaining and developing Dstl's contribution to the National Cyber Strategy. Working closely with the programme team, customer partners, academia and industry to ensure that Dstl has access to the very best advice. Experience in cyber security and systems engineering is preferred.

Intelligence Innovation Team (RAF Wyton)
You'll be leading a team of scientists, engineers and technologists embedded within Defence Intelligence at RAF Wyton. You'll work day-to-day with other Dstl and MOD employees, colleagues from industry & academia, and representatives of partner nations, in a unique environment to lead the delivery of innovative solutions to assist intelligence analysts in their work. You will be given the freedom to think and innovate; working with like-minded colleagues passionate about delivering high quality technical solutions in a friendly and supportive environment. The team draws on the breadth of research conducted across Dstl with a particular focus on Data Science, Image Processing (including Electro-optical and Radar) and Operational Analysis. Project Management experience would be desirable.

Platform Systems Division
Programme Management
(Portsdown West)
Platform Systems Division provides a single focus for platform-based capability covering all mission and weapons systems, and the related integrated survivability capabilities. The Division is responsible for all advice and solutions to capability gaps that require platform based solutions, primarily supporting Front Line Commands. We deliver battle winning Science & Technology (S&T) through programmes.

Programme Delivery and Assurance Team (Portsdown West)
You will lead the Division’s Associate Programme Managers, Business Analysts and Divisional Procurement Reps to lead on programme assurance and support delivery of battle winning S&T to time, cost and quality through our S&T Programmes.

Power, Acoustics and Corrosion, Physical Sciences Group (Porton Down)
The Power, Acoustics and Corrosion team is currently growing and is set to continue to grow in the coming FY. Recruitment of individuals with the right skills and experience will be a key focus for a successful candidate. The key programmes that the team support are: Underwater Programme, Dismounted Soldier, and Land Programmes including Warrior, SV and special projects.
This work has a high impact on MOD decision making for current and future Royal Navy and Land platforms and Solder Systems during a time of accelerated development of science and technology.
The areas the team covers are predominately:

• Signatures
• Mine Counter Measures
• Anti-Submarine Warfare
• Mounted Soldier Systems
• Dismounted Soldier Systems
• Platform Corrosion

Person specification

In no more then 350 words please explain how you feel your skills and experience support your application for your preferred role.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please specify which role you have a preference for.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay
• Chartership and accreditation support
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Applications will be reviewed whilst the vacancy remains open and interviews conducted at both sites throughout.

This vacancy may close early should the roles be filled.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Dstl HR Recruitment
01980 950000 option 4

Sift/interview dates and location

You will be invited to attend a technical and behavioural based interview on site.

Further information

Please note that Dstl will be contacting individuals via email and you should check your junk mail folder regularly. Any attachments may not be available via smart phone or tablet views.

If you are applying for this position as a Job Share please indicate if you have a partner who is also applying for this vacancy and if you are successful but they are not if you would still consider the role.

The Civil Service is moving to Name-Blind sifting and applications to Dstl will follow this process. However where a CV has been requested this functionality is not currently available

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email Dstl HR Recruitment stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

Some of the roles required additional security clearance to Developed Vetting level.

Equal Opportunities
Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

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