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Head of Compliance and Risk (UK NACE)

UK National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping (UK NACE)
Hanslope, Milton Keynes
£54,340 - £64,130 + benefits + location allowance
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Head of Compliance and Risk (UK NACE)
D6 Level £54,340 - £64,130
Office location at Hanslope Park near Milton Keynes

A unique new role for you to make your own. A chance to shape our agenda and lead by example. An opportunity to inspire a growing team. This is a rare, exciting role that’ll put you right at the heart of the UK Government’s security mission. Reporting directly to the Director of UK NACE, you’ll share your expertise, steer the direction of our work - and drive change that positively impacts the future of national security.

At the UK National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping (UK NACE), we protect national security with our technical expertise. Since 1945, we’ve helped protect against technical espionage and attacks, and provided guidance and support to the UK Government, friendly foreign governments and the critical national infrastructure (CNI). In a world full of increasing technical complexity, we ensure organisations’ information and buildings are kept safe from compromise. Our work isn’t just delicate, it’s vital, so ensuring absolute compliance with the Investigatory Powers (IP) Act is crucial. That’s where you come in.

Share expertise that shapes future strategies

You’ll be the subject matter expert for legal compliance regarding our Technical Security Countermeasure (TSCM) activity. In this newly-created role, you’ll make sure teams across UK NACE understand the importance of the IP Act, and operate on behalf of the Director to resolve issues and associated risks. So, you’ll have substantial experience in the IP Act and its application to operational activity, ideally from a previous government role. That knowledge will allow you analyse the challenges associated with the application of relevant legislation in relation to our work – and communicate that to the Director, the SLT and the FCDO Services Board.

You’ll engage with stakeholders across government to shape future thinking on TSCM activity. Track changes to compliance legislation, and translate any changes into UK NACE policy and protocols. You’ll even challenge senior members of staff on IP Act usage, if necessary. In short, you’ll be our thought leader on all matters relating to the IP Act in the field of national security.

Deliver vital support to teams operating on a global scale

This is a role where you’ll be working with a wide range of people. You’ll have the ear of the leadership team and be willing and able to drive our agenda and explore plenty of scope for change. Leading by example, you’ll influence from board level right across HMG departments, forming close relationships internally and externally. You’ll line manage the UK NACE compliance team and manage the associated budgets. Engage with IPCO on contentious issues. Represent us in cross-government forums. And of course, recruit, direct, and coach your team to maximise their potential.

You’ll be the go-to expert for all questions around legal compliance. Proactive and able to work without supervision, you’ll also demonstrate the resilience to tackle compliance issues head-on whilst maintaining good relationships with operational leads. You’ll liaise with legal and other key stakeholders on the IP Act, and work with the FCDO lawyers and external legal representatives on UK NACE compliance issues. And, you’ll make sure teams have absolute clarity on these matters, as you manage the compliance training of all UK NACE staff. In doing so, your work will support people operating at the front end of national security in the UK, and overseas.

Take control of a unique opportunity – and your career

Join us, and you’ll hit the ground running. Your work will help ensure UK NACE continues to protect critical assets at home and abroad, as you become the de-facto subject matter expert for legal compliance. It’s truly a role you can make your own. And, as well as providing essential support to teams across our organisation, you’ll also manage your own development and seize opportunities to further your learning.

You’ll be based at Hanslope Park, near Milton Keynes, with frequent travel to London. There are also opportunities for you to join teams working abroad, if you were interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the work UK NACE does on an international scale. It really is your job, bigger. Plus, at Hanslope Park, you’ll have access to an on-site gym, nursery, canteen, and we offer interest-free loans on season tickets and bikes to help you get there.

Closing date: 11 December 2023.

Every single colleague must be security cleared before joining us. If you’re successful in your application, we’ll ask you to undergo our vetting process to achieve Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.


The UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UK NACE) protects national security by providing Technical Security expertise to the UK government, friendly foreign governments and the critical national infrastructure (CNI). We also provide leadership for the technical security profession across government.

UK NACE is part of the FCDO Services.

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Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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