Personnel Security Controller - Contino EMEA

United Kingdom

Full Time Mid-level / Intermediate Clearance required
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The Personnel Security Controller is responsible to the Board of Directors for the strategic development of an effective personnel security culture within the company and the day to day management and delivery of personnel security policy, procedures, risk assessment, management and general security processes. You will act as the focal point between various stakeholders, ensuring consistent and effective standards of personnel and information security management. Responsible for implementation of National Security Vetting aftercare within the company and any subordinate organisations for which the company provides sponsorship.

The Personnel Security Controller will ensure that all aftercare activities are managed and undertaken promptly and effectively, liaising with our HR Operations Team to support their delivery of effective people management. Working in partnership with dedicated areas across the Company, the role will contribute to the future development of the business by creating, managing and constantly improving personnel security policies that support the company goals.


The establishment and oversight of an organisation’s approach to Personnel Security including:

  • Assures that the company’s personnel security business processes are compliant with relevant legislation, and that the company operates according to the principles embedded in relevant Government standards.
  • Facilitate where necessary visits and inspections by individuals representing either the Government or Contracting Authority and to ensure any relevant documentation, process or records are available for inspection.
  • Interpreting, implementing and monitoring security controls for the appropriate maintenance of personnel security for National Security Vetted staff either in the employment of the company or subcontractor.
  • Assessment and agreement with companies within the Network to ensure that appropriate controls are present for Vetting Sponsor responsibilities to be discharged effectively.
  • Ensure that any aftercare responsibilities for individuals within the company’s network are undertaken to ensure compliance with current regulation and guidance for the holding of a National Security Vetting clearance.
  • Responsible for ensuring the Board, and senior managers are aware of and discharge their security obligations and business choices in respect of personnel security risks and controls.
  • Active management in the setting of personnel security risk levels, appropriate to the company and acceptable to the Contracting Authority.
  • Owning and maintaining a personnel security Risk Register where risks are identified, documented, tracked, mitigated and monitored.
  • Ensuring that measures are in place to measure the impact of risk mitigation.
  • Promotes policies, practices and decisions which recognise the current and evolving needs of all the stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that any personnel security policies are coherent with, and complement any HR or Welfare policies, either planned or in existence.
  • Ensure that security considerations are included in any HR or Welfare cases or decisions.
  • Ensure that ongoing personnel security is embedded within the company’s ways of working.
  • Overall responsibility for pre-vetting checks (BPSS) and the subsequent National Security Vetting process.
  • The Personnel Security Controller should ensure that they have the necessary UKSV access to have effective oversight of both the vetting process and the vetting sponsor activities of any subordinate vetting sponsor accounts.
  • Taking clear ownership of all personnel security incidents/breaches or ensuring that oversight is kept if handled by other parts of the company.
  • Ensuring that incidents, changes of circumstances or any other situation or event that may affect an individual’s ability to hold an NSV clearance are reported via the appropriate means to UKSV in their role as UK Vetting Authority for Government.


Candidate requirements

  • Previous experience working within a List X/FSC company or Protective Personnel Security role.
  • Communicates and influences orally and in writing, to Board and senior internal and external stakeholder levels.
  • Ability to work with the highest level of discretion and integrity as the role involves working with a considerable volume of sensitive and personal information.
  • Project, planning and monitoring skills to meet time and quality targets.
  • Team-oriented with interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Flexible and responsive. May need to be available outside normal office hours.
  • Can present complex technical and non-technical security information, concepts and intelligence to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Eligible to receive UK National Security Vetting.
  • The ability to write and maintain security policies and procedures updating with evolving project business needs and ensuring compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Actively seeks and promotes collaboration between stakeholders.
  • Willing to challenge assumptions and ‘business as usual’.
  • Maintains an awareness of security technologies and thinking to drive business and personal development.
  • Knowledge and experience of UK Government Security frameworks such as:
    • Government Functional Standard GovS 007: Security
    • Joint Service Publication 440/441/490
    • Information Assurance Standards


  • Membership of DISA and other professional IA bodies
  • Detailed understanding of HMG personnel vetting processes


So why Contino?

We’re looking to grow our security team by bringing on board creative and proactive individuals to support our global growth in 2022 and beyond. It’s a truly exciting time for us right now with plenty of opportunities to make a real impact within the business.

There’s open ended career progression and you’ll be given a £5k annual budget for personal training and attending conferences, alongside an industry leading benefits package.

We operate a hybrid working scheme, allowing you to work from where you work best, but office days help you really get to know our people and culture.

Working remotely comes naturally to us though and Contino is fully set up to help you succeed from the outset. That means you can pick your own gear! Choose the laptop you work on (MacBook, Windows, whatever you fancy), build your preferred desk set up and much much more. You’ll also be kitted out in Contino SWAG so you can represent from day one.

When we do go to the office, we head to our Uncommon space at Liverpool Street, surrounded by London's best eateries, pubs and attractions. Ideal for celebrating your big wins. And everyone else’s. And that’s not to forget our monthly socials and gatherings to meet and get to know your fellow Continis.

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Perks/benefits: Career development Conferences Flex hours Team events

Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
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