Counter Terrorism Unit - Head of Organisational Development Unit (ODU)

200000HQ Requisition #


Rank: Superintendent/Temporary Superintendent

Closing Date: 27th November 2020, midnight


  Secondment Opportunity 


Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) is looking for a dynamic and driven Superintendent or Temporary Superintendent to be the new Head of Department for ODU.


About the role:


The role has National responsibility for all learning, training and exercising for the CT Network. Working to the National Coordinator Protect & Prepare across a range of activities, representing the Protect & Prepare at various strategic boards, co-ordinating all regional activity within the CT Network and leading key relationships with strategic partners.


This is a broad and varied portfolio which allows the Head the ability to work in a National role and set direction and strategy. The ability to engage across policing, CT Network and with strategic stakeholders. You will lead the CT Network through a period of significant change and innovation.


The department is located within the West Midlands however the National role will provide ability to engage across the UK. The learning from COVID allows an element of flexible working with this post.



Role Responsibilities:

  • Management of organisational learning on behalf of CTP;
  • Management of all CTP Training throughout the CT Network;
  • Management of CT live exercise platform working with partners including Military, OSCT;
  • Manage ODU budget setting, reporting and outline financial business cases for investment;
  • Engage with and co-ordinate activities throughout the CT Network;
  • Manage of organisational risk on behalf of CTPHQ including performance reporting;
  • Represent ODU at key thematic boards including P&P Thematic Board, CT Heads and ensure attendance at a wide scope of CTPHQ business boards.


Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven leadership with a track record in working with high-level partners and government departments;
  • Excellent communication and able to deal successfully with people at all levels and achieve results by negotiation;
  • A sound understanding of the CONTEST strategy;
  • Evidence of the management and successful delivery of substantial projects or programmes of work;
  • The ability to build and develop structures in support of strategic objectives.


Desirable Skills and Competencies:

  • Practical experience in protective security, preparedness, international CT or other counter terrorism policing;
  • A good understanding of terrorism issues and current policing strategies, particularly within the Protect & Prepare strand;
  • Understanding of the NCTPHQ International CT Strategy and Overseas Contest Group (OCG) strategy;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Additional role information:


This is a 2-year secondment. You must seek advice from your Home Force on their policy on secondments before submitting your application.


This role is managed as a secondment hosted by West Midlands Police and is subject to successful completion of Management Vetting and Security Checks, with the willingness to undergo Developed Vetting.


You must be a British citizen to work for the Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands (CTPWM). If you hold dual nationality, one component of which is British, you may also be considered. However, if successful, you may be asked to relinquish your nonBritish nationality (and any entitlement you may have to a foreign nationality) as a condition of your confirmation of appointment with CTPWM. One of your parents should also be British or have substantial ties to the UK. In the latter instance; substantial ties mean that your parent is a citizen of a British Overseas Territory, a Commonwealth citizen, US citizen, EEA citizen, British national or citizen overseas, and they would need to have demonstrable connections with the UK by way of family history or have been resident here for a substantial period of time.


If you're already married to, or cohabiting with, a person who isn't a British citizen, you may still be eligible for employment at the discretion of the Department. You should note however, that marriage to, or cohabitation with, a person who isn't a British citizen after appointment may, in some circumstances, result in the withdrawal of security clearance and subsequent transfer to another Department, or (if this is not possible or the officer does not wish to transfer) dismissal. Each case will be considered on its merits, taking into account the ties between the person involved and the United Kingdom.


Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities, whilst protecting them from harm”.


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


Please do not attach a CV/covering letter as these will not be used as part of the application process.


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