Investment Security Administrator: Compliance & Enforcement

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£28,050 - £30,771
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

CO - National Security Secretariat

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

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Job summary

The National Security Secretariat (NSS) keeps the UK safe, secure and prosperous by bringing together the UK’s national security community, providing high-quality support to the Prime Minister and the National Security Council and maintaining centre-to-centre relationships internationally. Working within the wider Cabinet Secretariat and led by the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser (NSA), we assist the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in the development, coordination and implementation of its highest priority objectives.

Our overarching strategy is set out in the Integrated Review, which describes the Government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade, and the action we will take to 2025.

The NSS value professional and personal development for all of our staff and recognise that a continued focus on learning and development (L&D) will enable us to grow our capability. We are also committed to fostering a culture which welcomes new ideas and fresh perspectives, and supporting diversity and inclusion, including through flexible patterns and ways of working.

The National Security and Investment Act 2021, which commenced at the start of January 2022, protects the nation from potential security risks resulting from foreign investment. It bolsters the UK’s status as an attractive place to invest by providing more efficient scrutiny of relevant acquisitions and more certainty and clarity for investors and businesses.

The Investment Security Unit leads the Government's screening of foreign investments into UK companies; assessing the risks mergers and acquisitions, investments or the transfer of assets could present to the UK's national security. With more than a year into delivery of the new National Security and Investment Act (NSIA), the Unit is at the heart of the operational response to changes in the global economy and the balance of power, as it coordinates cross-government responses to protect our capabilities and critical national infrastructure.

The Unit is an exciting and diverse place to work, with teams delivering a range of operational, policy, analytical and international activities. Delivery of the legislation remains a priority and there is huge interest in this policy area from the Prime Minister.

The Unit is recruiting for roles across its Compliance and Enforcement team and Risk ID team which provide regular opportunities to brief Ministers and Private Office as well as extensive cross-Whitehall engagement and aims to mitigate national security risks arising from Foreign Direct Investment.

Job description

Key responsibilities:

Compliance and Enforcement

The Compliance and Enforcement team aims to mitigate national security risks arising from Foreign Direct Investment by: monitoring compliance with the Act; advising the Secretary of State on enforcement action; and supporting the wider ISU in operating the NSI Act.

As an Investment Security Officer: Compliance & Enforcement in the ISU you will be responsible for supporting the functions of the ISU’s Compliance & Enforcement team, to ensure the Act and orders made under the Act are monitored and effectively.

You will report to one of the Senior Investment Security Advisers (SEOs) and work closely with all members of our team and others in the ISU responsible for the NSI process. You will provide support to the Head of Team, ensuring they can review and approve the team’s work effectively and in a timely fashion. You will support the ISU’s compliance and enforcement cases, including:

  • Drafting communications to companies subject to notices and orders under the Act;
  • Review of compliance evidence supplied by those companies;
  • Tracking of compliance and enforcement cases, ensuring statutory deadlines are met and risks mitigated;
  • Maintaining effective records of cases to support exercises and reviews of lessons from completed cases;
  • Managing the team’s tracker of orders and diary of compliance and monitoring requirements;
  • Supporting continuous improvement of the ISU processes and development of the compliance & enforcement team;
  • Other administrative duties including minuting meetings with external parties, arranging clearance meetings, managing team meeting rotas and monitoring external email .

Risk Identification – Support Officer

The role represents a first point-of-contact for firms and their legal representatives, who are required to notify the Government of planned transactions via email and our online notification portal. You will therefore be adept at responding to and directing queries and demonstrate a professional, customer-focussed approach to your work.

You will assess early-stage notifications to ensure they are precise, fully completed, and ready to be accepted into the system. An aptitude for quickly and accurately understanding and verifying information according to specific frameworks is therefore essential.

The role also provides regular opportunities to participate in engagement with stakeholders internally, externally and across Whitehall, from whom you will gather the information you need to make assessments and respond to queries. Positive communication skills and an initiative-taking, team-oriented attitude will be vital in achieving this.

You will build a detailed understanding of both operational and policy demands and the legal considerations of delivering key legislation, so a natural curiosity and keenness to acquire new knowledge are also crucial to success in this role.

Person specification

We're looking for someone who can work quickly in a dynamic operational environment, is a high-performing administrator, and has an eye for detail and continuous improvement of systems and processes.

You should be capable of building knowledge from experience. We need people comfortable working as a team, with a track record of delivering high quality results to tight deadlines and who thrive when working with colleagues across different teams and departments. If you are someone who cares about keeping the UK safe, someone who seeks a rewarding, challenging and exciting role then we want to hear from you.

As a successful Risk Identification support officer, you will:

  • demonstrate a strong attention to detail, even when working under pressure
  • be able to supply crucial administrative support to risk identification officers and the wider ISU team
  • assuredly analyse information from a number of sources
  • confidently establish professional, constructive relationships with a range of partners, helping to develop a common focus and sense of team spirit
  • promote a culture of following the proper procedures to ensure results are achieved on time


  • Quality drafting skills;
  • strong organisational skills, able to prioritise effectively, in the face of multiple demands on your time;
  • ability to communicate clearly and confidence to engage with those more senior than you;


Knowledge of national security policy;

  • Knowledge of company law;
  • Experience of working in a legislative casework function


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


Alongside your salary of £28,050, Cabinet Office contributes £7,573 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service Pension which provides an attractive pension, benefits for dependants and average employer contributions of 27%.
  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

As part of your application you will be required to provide a CV setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

Your CV will be assessed against the essential criteria listed in the 'Person Specification' section.

You will also be assessed on behaviours at application stage.

Should you be successful at application stage, you will be invited to an interview where you will be assessed on behaviours and strengths.

Expected timeline (subject to change)

Expected sift date – 14th August 2023
Expected interview date/s – 4th September 2023
Interview location - Video Interview

Reasonable adjustments

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
  • Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section in the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'contact point for applicants' section.

Please note that this role requires DV clearance, which would normally need 10 years’ UK residency in the past 10 years. This is not an absolute requirement, but supplementary checks may be needed where individuals have not lived in the UK for that period. This may mean your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Any move to Cabinet Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at:

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and wish to make a complaint, then in the first instance you should contact Government Recruitment Service by email at : [email protected]
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission at [email protected]. For further information on the Recruitment Principles. and bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission, please visit their website at:

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