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Job grade
Retained Grade 142 - Burnham Lecturer/HEO
Contract type
Business area
MOD - Strategic Command - Defence School of Geospatial Intelligence - Royal School of Military Survey
Type of role
Education and Training
Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours
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Denison Barracks, Hermitage, West Berkshire RG18 9TP
About the job
Job summary
The Burnham Lecturer Positioning and Navigation is a member of the management team of the Positioning and Navigation Department which plans and delivers modules on a BSc (Hons) in Military Geospatial Science, recognised by Sheffield Hallam University, and an MSc in Geospatial Intelligence, recognised by Cranfield University. This is in addition to more specialised short courses for Defence. Our output is focussed on delivering Soldiers who are ready for deployment on operations. This means we must train flexible personnel to understand fundamental principles enabling them to tackle issues as they arrive in remote operating environments with little support via reach back.

To achieve this, you will work closely with the military staff to design and deliver an engaging, practical course grounded in military context against the defined training requirements. The mix of your academic and commercial backgrounds working alongside the experience of the military instructors will ensure the soldier departs RSMS with the requisite level of knowledge that they can apply to future postings and operational deployments.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.
Job description

As the Burnham Lecturer Positioning and Navigation your main objectives are:

  • provide the academic leadership for the Positioning and Navigation Department for both the MSc and BSc courses. This is to include:
o the design, delivery, and assessing of the relevant modules;
o mentoring and supervision of a number of dissertations;
o organise and run in-house training for the department as part of continuous development of the staff;
  • conduct personal CPD to remain at the forefront of academic and industry thinking. This will enable you to represent RSMS at appropriate events as a Subject Matter Expert.
  • assist in the day-to-day management of the Department.
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As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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Person specification
Ability to work well with others in a supportive and constructive manner, leading through others to deliver strategic outputs.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Strong organisational skills, the ability to prioritise, with the resilience to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.
Excellent IT skills, knowledge and use of IT systems.
The ability to work autonomously, showing judgement on when to progress opportunities and when to consult.

Specific to role training:
Within 6 months of appointment, the post holder must attend the DCTS - Defence Train the Trainer Course (if no teaching qualification held) OR complete Defence Care of Trainees Course (if a professional teaching qualification is held).

Within 6 months of appointment, the post holder must apply for and attain Cranfield University - Recognised Teacher Status (RTS).
A minimum of a degree or equivalent in Spatial Statistics, Geodesy, Geo-Science, Navigation or relevant subject expertise. Exceptionally, candidates with significant experience of delivery may be allowed entry with Level 5 qualifications but should be supported to obtain level 6 if practicable.

In addition to this, a teaching qualification that equates to at least level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) i.e. Cert Ed, is required. (The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is at level 6 on the QCF and is desirable.) In exceptional circumstances, individuals may be recruited to the BL Group without such a teaching qualification. In this case there should be an agreement as part of the job offer that a teaching qualification will be undertaken and should be completed within two standard academic years. Successful achievement of the qualification is a requirement to retain employment.

Evidence of qualification will be required at interview.
All qualifications/licences declared must be held at point of application and if applicable be in date.
Equivalent Qualifications will not be accepted.

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

Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Developing Self and Others

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

Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Technical skills

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

20 Minute presentation on a topic related to the role. If selected for Interview you will be contacted with the topic.
Learning and development tailored to your role
An environment with flexible working options
A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

The post does NOT offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non-Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package.

Pensions: Superannuation will be in accordance with the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

At sift you will be assessed on your statement of suitability, CV and the below behaviours:

Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing

The interview will consist of two elements. The first element will see you deliver a 20 minute presentation to a mock classroom. The topic for this presentation will be related to the post and will be emailed to you if you are successful at sift. At the end of the 20 minutes, there will be an appropriate amount of time for a question and answer session with the mock classroom. There will then be a short break before conducting the second element which will be an interview based on the Civil Service behaviours. Interview dates are TBC.

You will be assessed in person at interview on the following behaviours:

Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Developing Self and Others

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
UK nationals
nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
nationals of the Republic of Ireland
nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code 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.
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name :
Major Alex Green

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Recruitment team :Email :
Further information
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Job Location : Hermitage
Company : Ministry Of Defence
Position : Burnham Lecturer Positioning And Navigation
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Employment : Full-Time
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