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Operational Support Officer (OSO)
Company Information Posted : 17-05-2018
Company :  Sodexo
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Job Type : Permanent - Fulltime
Duration : Permanent
Category : Other
Recruiter Reference : SDX/TP/RF553/KT
URL for applications : Click to apply
Salary : £17,818.34 pro-rated
Job Status
Start Publishing : 17-05-2018
Stop Publishing : 14-06-2018
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Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.

HMP/YOI Peterborough is the country’s only purpose-built prison for both male and female prisoners (kept separate at all times), including a 12-place mother and baby unit. We are committed to offering education and development programmes to provide residents with the skills required to enter employment on release, so reducing the chances of further offending. Providing creative outlets, such as workshop activities, helps to equip those in custody for when they are released. We use ‘Restorative Approaches’ to bring people in conflict into dialogue. Using a skilled and structured process, those who have been harmed have an opportunity to be heard and those that have caused the harm are held to account for what they have done. We have strong links with the community outside through a variety of partnerships, including our outreach activity Outside Links’ offering support and advice to both residents and their families.

Recruitment process:

  • Full completion of application form on Sodexo careers website by 24th May 2018

  • Face to Face interview: week commencing 4th June 2018

  • Start Date of course: TBC

  • Number of Jobs Available – 10 positions on 6 months fixed term contracts

Package description

Starting salary of £17,818.34. Excellent benefits including free onsite parking, shopping discounts, pension and 28 days holiday. 40 hour shift pattern working week, including evenings, weekends, nights and bank holidays.

10 positions available on 6 months fixed term contracts

Main responsibilities

Is this the job for you?

  • The role of an OSO is fundamental in the running of the prison.  OSO’s are essential to the smooth, efficient and effective management of the prison and support colleagues and visitors across all aspects of the site.

  • I can demonstrate that I have the interpersonal and communication skills to work with a number of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences and I will on occasion be required to deal with confrontation in a professional and appropriate manner.

  • Ability to work within a very structured, repetitive and planned environment and working very closely within a large team

  • Maintaining site security by controlling access at the gatehouse, searching vehicles and visitors and checking identification

  • Controlling and issuing equipment to colleagues including keys and radios

  • Ability to work under pressure and to perform an integral role within the control/CCTV room.  You will be the first point of contact for any incident that occurs within the prison and will monitor all movements and activities and this may mean you see things that are upsetting

We encourage you to truly consider your application and would ask you to review the statements below.

  • I am aware that I will be working a 40 hour shift pattern, including antisocial hours, with set rest breaks. The shifts could be early, late, at night, during public holidays (Christmas and New Year) or at the weekend. I know I need to have considered an alternative mode of transport to get to work, if there are unforeseen circumstances; such as snow, my car breaks down or there is no public transport.

  • I can work in a highly secure environment, wearing a uniform, under lock and key, without my mobile phone for a 12 hour shift.

  • I realise my role is not to prejudge prisoners based on the crimes that have been committed or to punish further those that are in my care.

  • I understand that when I start my role I will be on a mandatory Induction Training course, where I will not be given permission for time off and any module’s I may miss, could impact on whether I am able to pass the course.

Ideal candidate


  • High level of inter personal skills.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Have a proactive approach to Equality and Inclusion.

  • Have a proactive approach to Health and Safety.

  • The ability to challenge inappropriate behaviour.

  • Ability to perform tasks alone or in a team to a high standard without constant supervision.

  • Proactive, systematic approach to tasks


  • Good IT skills.

  • Good team player.

  • Good initiative.

  • Motivated.

  • Positive attitude.

About the company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying ;for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

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