The Home Office is here to make our country safer. Border Force is a Law Enforcement arm of the Home Office with primary responsibility for UK Border Security, including counter terrorism, immigration and customs matters. We are responsible for managing the UK border control by enforcing immigration and customs regulations and working with the wider Home Office on organised crime, modern slavery and trafficking.
Queen’s Warehouse (QW) facilitates the secure storage of Border Force detained or seized goods and vehicles at the border. Some of these goods are retained for onward investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and National Crime Agency (NCA).
The seized goods and vehicles may come from any sea port, marina, airport, coastline, private airfield or Royal Mail depots in the UK, Northern Ireland and Coquelles (the UK border in France), but also from inland activity undertaken by HMRC, NCA or IE(Immigration Enforcement) which can be as diverse as the side of a road to industrial sites in busy and/or remote locations.
This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a team that both protects and enhances the UK economy. Our work is varied and rewarding, attracting people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at the Home Office. We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people can bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.
We also offer options for flexible working, such as home working, job share, part-time.
Border Force Senior Officer Role:
As a Border Force Senior Officer, you will be based at our site near to Doncaster, but you will be required to make occasional travel to the other sites nationally to attend monthly management meetings, which may require an overnight stay. You will have line management responsibility for Border Force Higher Officers. Because of the work we do and the places we work Border Force staff can operate in sometimes difficult and pressurised environments. For this role your leadership skills are important and making well balanced decisions is key. You will be skilled in using evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. You will create a supportive environment within your team ensuring fairness and opportunity for all. You will be an effective communicator that has experience in leading and engaging wide groups of people.
Your duties will include:
Development of new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to meet the new contract and introduction on new stock management system.
As the most senior officer on site, you will oversee the day to day operational delivery at the site and management of staff.
Forge relationships and develop integration with partners, customers and contractors.
Ensuring the operational requirements of the site with regards to contract management of our logistics partners are run to the organsational standard, and proactively manage any changes in contract provision.
Audit assurance in respect of stock, management information and staffing.
Local budget responsibility for recruitment and for the haulage, disposal and storage contract.
Visit other departmental locations.
Provide cover remotely as and when appropriate for leave purposes for other SO’s.
Successful candidates will need to demonstrate:
Experience leading and managing a complex business environment.
Experience of line management or developing individuals and teams to get the best out of people to achieve the delivery of key outcomes; and
Experience of working in a changing environment and planning, collaborating, and delivering through others, to meet both short and longer-term deadlines.
Experience working under pressure with limited supervision.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence stakeholders at senior and junior levels.
A full manual driving licence.
Training and Development:
We are committed to investing in our staff and offer a range of work-based training and qualifications, coaching and mentoring opportunities, with a guaranteed five days of learning and five days volunteering per year. We provide the opportunity to acquire skills and experience within an operational delivery setting.
The wearing of uniform is mandatory for this post.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
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 .
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .
If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
As part of the application process candidates will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement (max 1200 words) The statement of suitability should be used by candidates to demonstrate suitability for the role, based on the behaviours listed and the essential criteria.
The CV and Personal Statement will be assessed to determine whether the candidate meets the essential criteria as set out in the job description and suitability for the role.
Candidates who pass the initial sift will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview where we will assess their demonstration of a set of key behaviours/strengths, actions and activities which, when undertaken, results in effective job performance. Candidates will be asked strength-based questions, as well as those pertaining to the above behaviours, at interview.
The sift will be on behaviours and your CV and personal statement.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK nationals only.
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.