HOUSE OF COMMONS: Security Officers

Excellent opportunities are available to work as part of the Parliamentary Security team.

We have several Security Officer roles available for individuals who are looking to work in a fast pace environment where you will deal with a wide range of potential security risks which may arise in a complex and diverse organisation.

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If you are looking for this type of career path and have a good understanding of security policies and their practical application in the workplace, we would be keen to receive your application.

The Team

The Parliamentary Security Department (PSD) is responsible for physical and personnel security across both Houses of Parliament and provides support to Members and staff when away from the Estate. Its purpose is to keep Parliament safe and open for business.

PSD sets security strategy provides expert advice and delivers an operational service. It does this in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and by working closely with the In-House and Strategic Estates teams, Serjeant at Arms and Black Rod’s office, the Restoration & Renewal programme, the Parliamentary Digital Service, and other key stakeholders.

About the role

We are seeking to recruit our next cohort of Security Officers to meet our departmental aim of maintaining a safe, security and accessible Parliament, free from disruption. Please be aware that you do not need prior security experience to become a Security Officer at Parliament – all training required for the role will be provided.

Security Officers are responsible for controlling access to the Parliamentary Estate which will include searching and screening visitors, vehicles, and specified premises to prevent or trace prohibited items. As Parliament has over 1 million visitors per year, ranging from the public to high-profile guests, this role requires postholders to be confident in delivering excellent customer service and interacting with diverse groups of people in high-pressure situations.

As well as search and screening, Security Officers are posted across the Estate to ensure visitors adhere to security procedures so that the business of the House is not disrupted and to respond to personal attack and intruder alarms.

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The prevention of crime is crucial to successfully look after our colleagues, visitors, and buildings – and Security Officers will be responsible for identifying suspicious behaviour, crime, and disorder while on duty. Postholders may also be required to use CCTV to detect these threats.

About you

We are looking for individuals who will bring excellent analytical skills to identify, analyse, and act safely on potential security risks. You will have the ability to make clear and sound decisions independently when under pressure to ensure a successful solution is applied.

You will have the ability to gather relevant information to fully understand an issue and use that information to identify problems and draw logical conclusion. You will need good prioritising skills to ensure that all incidents are reported in an effective and efficient manner with an appropriate and professional audit trail.

You will have experience of working independently and as part of a team with the ability to build strong, inclusive, and co-operative working relationships with individuals at all levels.

The next steps

We would like you to submit your online application form on the House of Commons portal.

You will need to give clear evidence on how you meet the criteria. Please refer to the job description for more information about the role and the criteria.

All criteria will be assessed at Assessment and interview stage.

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