St Paul’s Cathedral – Head of Security and Resilience Job

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St Paul’s Cathedral has a vacancy for a

Full-time permanent Head of Security and Resilience.

This is a new role and reflects a step change in the delivery of our security activity.  The main purpose of the role is to understand the varied nature of the threat, assess the risk, develop policies to mitigate it and to manage a team that protects St Paul’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral School, its staff, volunteers, worshippers and visitors, and provide security, assurance and welcome through the effective management of risk.    As a senior member of Cathedral staff, the Head of Security and Resilience is a Head of Department, reporting to the Registrar and is supported by directly employed and (as necessary) contracted security staff.

Job Description

February 2017 

Job Title: Head of Security and Resilience

Department: Security

Reporting to: Registrar

Head of Department: Registrar

Introduction to working at St Paul’s Cathedral 

St Paul’s draws together a very diverse set of activities, projections and aspirations. It is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a national church and an international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of debate and challenge, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, and a commercial enterprise. In addition to holding four services every day (five on Sundays), St Paul’s is open for sight-seeing six days a week, and last year welcomed 680,000 paying visitors. Welcoming worshippers and paying tourists alike is therefore essential, and balancing our welcome with security is a constant challenge.

The Head of Resilience and Security is a key post for the Cathedral and reflects a step change in the way in which we have delivered our security activity, reflective of the time. The post holder will work very closely with the Clerk of the Works and will have the full support of Chapter, as s/he undertakes a varied post that supports Cathedral life in all its variety.

Our Vision 

• St Paul’s Cathedral seeks to enable people in all their diversity to encounter the transforming presence of God in Jesus Christ.  As a community of worshippers, staff and volunteers we work with care and imagination to be a centre for welcome, worship and learning which inspires successive generations to engage with the richness of the Christian faith and its heritage.

• We aim to do this with confidence, compassion and creativity, promoting dignity and justice for everyone.

• We work with the Bishop and Diocese of London and the wider church, as a spiritual focus for London, the nation and the world.

Our Values 

• Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control;

• To uphold integrity, honesty and openness in what we do;

• To aim for the highest possible standards in everything we do, acknowledging that we cannot do everything;

• To make our operations as just and as sustainable as we can;

• To foster and encourage diversity, being inclusive and challenging to ourselves as well as others.

Purpose of the Job 

To understand the varied nature of the threat, assess the risk, develop policies to mitigate it and to manage a team that protects St Paul’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral School, its staff, volunteers, worshippers and visitors, and provide security, assurance and welcome through the effective management of risk. The Treasurer is the Chapter member with oversight of this area of work. As a senior member of Cathedral staff, the Head of Security and Resilience is a Head of Department, reporting to the Registrar and is supported by directly employed and (as necessary) contracted security staff.

Key tasks 

•Working under the direction of the Registrar, closely with the Clerk of the Works and under the oversight of the Treasurer to:

• Review the security provision at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Cathedral School and associated personnel, buildings and land (SPC) and develop and maintain a core risk register, to be reviewed by the Audit and Risk Committee and by Chapter, at least twice a year.

• Develop cost effective strategies and plans that mitigate the identified risks. Secure Chapter agreement to these strategies and plans and implement the same. Make sure that regular reviews and tests are undertaken to keep the strategies up to date and embedded throughout St Paul’s Cathedral.

• Develop a cost effective business continuity strategy including Disaster Recovery and incident response plans to cover a range of threat events. Secure Chapter agreement to the strategy and implement the same. Make sure that regular reviews and tests are undertaken to keep the strategies up-to-date and embedded throughout St Paul’s Cathedral. Establish and run a business continuity working group to keep ideas fresh and up-to-date.

• Ensure regulatory compliance with matters involving personal safety and security, including fire regulations and Safeguarding (for which training will be provided).

• Line manage, coach and develop the St Paul’s Cathedral staff in the security team to ensure they are appropriately trained and supported, and comply with the range of St Paul’s Cathedral staffing and security policies.

• Manage the wider team of security staff in St Paul’s Cathedral, through contract managing security professionals employed within the Cathedral, ensuring compliance with regulatory and St Paul’s Cathedral policies, and ensuring good value for money.

• Develop and maintain key internal and external intelligence networks to make sure that local, regional and national intelligence regarding the Cathedral is quickly obtained and appropriately managed. Share best practice and leverage other networks.

• Provide the secretariat for the Security Advisory Group meetings and deliver the actions arising therefrom.

• Deliver training to St Paul’s Cathedral staff and volunteers in safety, security and resilience issues, including fire, security and Safeguarding.

• Provide general advice and support to all safety, security and resilience issues, and on other matters as requested.

• Collect and analyse intelligence, data and any other relevant information, enabling strategy and decisions to be based on coherent evidence and providing frequent, and at least monthly, management information reports to the Registrar and Chapter.

• Lead for the Cathedral on managing security aspects of high profile events and services and contribute to existing Cathedral systems for event planning/worksheets.

• To carry out all the roles and responsibilities of a Head of Department including contributing to the senior leadership of the Cathedral and conducting Head of Department activities, for example in connection with health and safety.

• To work in pursuit of the Cathedral’s vision, mission and objectives; to work within its diversity and other policies and procedures, to support and promote its values.

• Any other appropriate duties that the line manager or Chapter may request from time-to-time.

The job description is an operational document that does not form part of your contract of employment. It may be that from time to time you are expected to perform tasks that may not be expressly in the job description but are nonetheless necessary in the day to day performance of your duties. St Paul’s Cathedral reserves the right to amend the job description as may from time to time be necessary to meet the changing needs of the organisation. 

Person Specification 

The successful candidate will have experience of, or be able to demonstrate:

 Identifying and managing risk in a similar, complex setting;

 Developing, implementing and embedding policies and processes across an organisation with project management skills and experience an advantage;

 Providing secretariat/committee support and following up actions.

 Leading security provision, ideally at a site open to the public, and therefore of balancing welcome and security;

 Proven successful line management of diverse teams, including a mix of directly-employed and contract staff;

 Successful negotiation skills and securing value for money in security provision, including through contract management; production of accurate costings and budget management;

 Good IT skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook to be able to deliver the job;

 An ability to work and deliver on his / her own work area, and to influence and persuade colleagues and senior management of the approach to be taken;

 Have the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a range of people at all levels, including Cathedral colleagues and external organisations and security agencies.

 Have the ability to prioritise work, to multi-task and work to deadlines.

 Be willing to work in a very busy environment and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

 Be entirely trust-worthy and able to work successfully with confidential information and with complete discretion.

 Have, and be prepared to develop, a network of security professionals including the City of London Police and local security leads.

 The right to work in the UK without a visa.

And be prepared to:

 Undertake relevant background security checks, including DBS;

 Undertake training in Safeguarding; and

 Work unsocial hours from time-to-time to be able to carry out the job successfully as a matter of routine and as required for special events or when security/emergency situations warrant it.

The successful candidate will understand, and in their work support, the Christian aims and mission of St Paul’s Cathedral.

We are looking for someone to be able to start in the role as soon as possible and ideally by the end of April 2017.

Main Terms of Employment:

Salary Up to £50,000 per annum, subject to skills and experience.

Hours of Work Full-time: 39 net hours per week, Mondays to Fridays. However, the post holder must be willing to work unsocial hours as a matter of routine as part of the role and as required occasionally for special events or when security/emergency situations warrant it.

References Appointment is subject to satisfactory references.

Probationary period 3 months.

Life Assurance A Life Cover scheme is in operation.

Pension The Cathedral has a Group Personal Pension Scheme, with employer and employee contributions. All employees will be assessed for auto-enrolment and if eligible, are automatically enrolled into the Defined Contribution Group Personal Pension scheme. The standard contribution starts at 5% from the employer with a compulsory 1% from the employee. Increased optional employee contributions are matched by the employer up to a joint total maximum pension contribution of 11%

Holiday 25 days per annum plus eight statutory holidays.

Other benefits The Cathedral offers a range of other benefits including discounts in the Cathedral shop and café.

Method of Application 

In order to apply, please email a completed application form with a covering letter setting out how you meet the person specification to jobs@stpaulscathedral.org.uk stating ‘Head of Security and Resilience’ in the email subject line. Alternatively, post to HR Department, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Chapter House, St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD. CVs may be submitted in addition to a completed application form.

Application Form

The closing date for applications is 8th March 2017. 

Interviews will take place on 30th March 2017. 

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