View Vacancy - Security Officer (DEU21.491)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

The British Embassy in Berlin is a large overseas mission in the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) network, with a considerable number of official visitors including Royals and senior ministers. We are looking for a Security Officer.


The Security Officer will work with a team of colleagues to ensure the protection of the Embassy premises as well as of its staff and visitors.  The post holder will work on a shift system between the hours of 05:00am and 21:00pm, Monday to Friday, and be part of a stand by duty rota outside these hours. There is also a requirement to occasionally work different hours and weekends.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Physical security of the Embassy building and its facilities;
  • Access control.  Security checks of visitors to both the Embassy and the Consular section;
  • Ensuring enquiries at the Main Entrance, which can be quite diverse, are handled professionally. This may involve seeking further assistance from other embassy colleagues from other sections, hence strong communication and interpersonal skills are required;  
  • Mail screening;
  • Supervision of contracted security guards and other contractors;
  • Monitoring of CCTV and dealing with alarms;
  • Dealing with security incidents, possible intruders and protesters;
  • Liaising and escorting visitors when required;
  • To undertake other duties that may reasonably be required and which are in accordance with the grading and core competencies of the job.
  • The ability to speak and write English (to at least level C1 CEFR);
  • The ability to speak and write German (to least level B2 CEFR);
  • Experience in working in the Security Sector: Public or Private Security Sectors.
  • Experience in the use / operating of Mail Scanners / X – Ray Machines, searching of vehicles and people and able to provide evidence (certificate) of training.
  • Development qualifications gained whilst being employed in the Private / Public Security Industry.
28 November 2021
Administrative Assistant (AA)
Full-time, Fixed Term
24 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
€36,684.00 gross per annum rising to approx €41,207.00 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (Salary is not negotiable).
1 February 2022

This is a full-time fixed-term position for a contract period of two years.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation in Germany in order to apply.


Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.


Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.


Our Learning & Development environment:

The British Embassy has a strong ethos of Learning & Development, including our Learning & Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all staff.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

*Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C2 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; can express fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.