Photographer / Videographer

Swindon | Other


UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham

Swindon, SN6 8LA

Full Time, Permanent (37 hours per week)

£25,000 - £30,622 per annum plus benefits (depending on experience and skillset)


Serco have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Photographer/Videographer to join our team based at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Swindon. As one of 2 Photographer/Videographers you will provide a full photographic still, and video service to our contract taking creative lead from the AV and Photographic Team Leader.


Serco at the Defence Academy provides Facilities Management across all aspects of the site including Estates, Logistics, various Supporting Services, together with Cleaning, Catering and Waste Management through ESS.


Main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Taking bookings directly from customers, the Team Leader or the site Helpdesk system.
  • Liaison with customers to ensure suitability of venues, and with porterage staff to organise erection of staging, movement of chairs for group photography.
  • Photography of formal or informal groups both indoors and outdoors; on location, studio photography; mugshots of student intake; passport and visa photography; coverage of VIP visits and other key events; general photography.
  • Use of Adobe Photoshop to fully post-process images.
  • Meta-tagging of all images/videos to allow ease of search/retrieval using established methods and procedures.
  • Video filming and editing using Adobe Premier Pro, for use onsite/offsite and/or on MOD social media.
  • Printing of images up to A3 using in-house inkjet printers.
  • Photographic/Video work will be required outside contracted support hours including occasional weekends, for which overtime will be paid.


What you'll need to do the job:

  • City & Guilds, related degree and/or substantial experience evidenced by a strong portfolio of both photographic and video work.
  • Practical experience of photographic lighting in studio and on location using flash, portable LED lighting, umbrellas, and soft boxes.
  • Creative approach to photographic composition and ability to interpret briefs.
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop bridge, and Premier Pro.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Passionate about providing excellent product quality and customer service.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to engage with customers at all levels.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.
  • You will need to achieve BPSS clearance prior to appointment, Serco will arrange this on your behalf.


Please note, you will need to provide a portfolio of work showing evidence of photographic and video work, please be prepared to share this when requested (without evidence of this we will not be able to proceed to interview).


The Defence Academy sits within a beautiful and secure site which hosts 2 lakes and is surrounded by acres of scenic woodland. The Academy trains the future commanders and staff officers of all three UK Armed Services and those from many countries around the world. Other benefits of working on this site include:

  • Free, secure onsite parking.
  • Opportunity to join many sports and activity clubs (heavily subsidised subscription costs).
  • Gym membership, the site boasting 2 fully equipped gymnasiums.
  • 18-hole golf course (annual membership circa £375).
  • Fully equipped riding stables, with the opportunity for lessons.
  • Other sporting facilities include tennis courts, Astro-turf football pitches and much more.


What we offer:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and the chance to purchase additional days.
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • Serco-Flex - local working policy which supports home working options dependant on role requirements.
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, entertainment and online shopping discounts, and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • We are constantly challenging ourselves and each other to deliver brilliantly, and you will too, working in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion. 
  • A wealth of career development training to suit your future aspirations. These range from role specific training, leadership coaching, formal study and much more to support you to build your career with Serco.
  • A safe and supportive culture.
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion.


About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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