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- Defence Nuclear Strategy and Policy roles, UK

Defence Nuclear Strategy and Policy roles

Ministry of Defence


£39,456 a year - Full-time, Part-time, Permanent


This is a genuinely exciting time to join the Ministry of Defence. The Government’s most important duty is the defence of the UK and Overseas Territories, and protection of our people and sovereignty. 

Defence and protection start with deterrence, which has long been, and remains, at the heart of the UK’s national security policy. Deterrence means that any potential aggressors know that any benefits they may seek to gain by attacking the UK will be outweighed by the consequences for them. The strategic deterrent – delivered through the Defence Nuclear Organisation – is central to that. 

The mission of the Defence Nuclear Organisation is to keep safe and capable submarines at sea today and in the future. We need a capable and credible nuclear deterrent to successfully deter the most extreme threats to our national security and way of life. Defence Nuclear consists of the people, equipment and infrastructure required to make that happen. 

Working with us will put you right at the heart of the Prime Minister’s and Defence Secretary’s top Defence priorities and we have a range of exciting opportunities available. 

Not only will successful candidates get to work on a high profile and distinctive portfolio which is rarely out of the news, you will also get a unique insight into the fascinating world of nuclear. You need not have a background in nuclear to apply for these jobs. 


Delivery of the enterprise is an enormous undertaking. With so much at stake, decisions must be timely, appropriate, and based on evidence. The newly formed Strategy and Performance team is responsible for ensuring that the work of the Defence nuclear enterprise is coherent; that its priorities are tracked and delivered; and that its strategic decisions are based on high quality management information. It supports the Permanent Secretary’s Defence Nuclear Executive Board and the Director General Nuclear’s Portfolio Board; engages with the most senior officials and military officers to ensure advice is comprehensive; and sponsors the newly formed Submarine Delivery Agency. 

We’re recruiting three Senior Executive Officers (MOD C1) for the Strategy and Performance Team. The successful candidates will be required to quickly gain an understanding of some the biggest challenges facing the enterprise, working closely with programme and project teams, including: the nuclear warhead, the submarines, and the nuclear firing chain. You’ll help to ensure that senior decision makers have the advice and insights they need to make informed decisions on strategic matters affecting the nuclear deterrent and its supporting enterprise. You need not have a background in nuclear to apply for these jobs. The roles will involve: 

Facilitating the Defence Nuclear Executive Board, chaired by the Permanent Secretary and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, and / or the Nuclear Portfolio Board chaired by the Director General Nuclear.

Leading and managing all non-financial corporate reporting from DG Nuclear to the most senior officials in Defence, such as the Defence Board and Armed Forces Committee.

Working with the management information team to create a single integrated enterprise-wide plan.

In conjunction with senior management, becoming a subject matter expert in the performance and strategy team for one of the key areas of nuclear, which could include submarine capability, the warhead or infrastructure.

Piecing together disparate strands to spot emergent issues, and finding solutions to cross-cutting, novel, or intractable problems.

Playing a leading role in ensuring the newly formed Submarine Delivery Agency is performing as it should, identifying opportunities to support improvement.

Providing challenge to the processes and governance which support delivery outputs from within Defence Nuclear and in the Submarine Delivery Agency.

Facilitating the development of a nuclear enterprise between Defence Nuclear, The Royal Navy, Atomic Weapons Establishment and Submarine Delivery Agency to drive integrated working.


The ideal candidate will be confident in working with senior officials and military officers. They should be capable of finding solutions to delivery; be adept at prioritisation; and also be willing to question and challenge. Candidates will have experience of analysing and interpreting data sources to offer recommendations, which is a key aspect of the roles. 

Specifically, your application should include evidence of the following key criteria: 

Taking account of wider impacts to add value to your team and organisation; 

Communicating and working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver outputs; 

Managing priorities / workload to deliver expected outcomes; and 

Making expert and professional decisions. 

Experience of working in the Ministry of Defence, with the military or on nuclear issues is not required but a willingness to learn is vital. Diversity of thought is vital to ensuring we deliver the best possible outputs and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. 


You must have, or be willing to undergo, developed vetting security clearance. These roles are open to UK Nationals only - if you hold a dual nationality as well as UK nationality, please contact us before applying.

Person specification

Please provide any relevant skills you have in Strategy, Performance and Policy.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


This position will attract the relevant London weighting. Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

The post does NOT offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package, subject to eligibility.


Job posted on 3 August 2018.

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