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Human Resources

Appointments Adviser, HR Operations – 72653
£35,405 – £39,000


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Role title:    Appointments Adviser, HR Operations

Team/Directorate:    Judicial HR Team – HR Operations  

Overview of the Organisation:    Are you looking for a new challenge in the operational field?? Are you an experienced manager who thrives on working in a fast-paced environment?  Are you looking for a new challenge?   You’ve come to the right place!

The Judicial Office is a small organisation (c400 people) which works in support of the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals.  More generally, the Judicial Office is a very collegiate place to work and there are opportunities to get involved in a range of things, be it by becoming a member of the Shadow Board, joining the Learning & Development Group or work shadowing colleagues.

Summary of the role:    Led by the Head of Judicial HR, the Judicial HR team is accountable for delivering the right Judicial Office Holders with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time in support of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals as set out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. This is a prestigious, high profile and customer focused environment.
The Judicial Office Holder Appointments team provides support to the senior judiciary and the Lord Chancellor concerning Judicial Office Holder appointments and retirements. 

This is an excellent opportunity for you to manage a team in an important and central area of the Judicial Office and the judiciary. You will be a confident manager able to embed continuous improvement within the team. 
For more information, please see the Judicial Office website.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties:    

Working to the Post Appointments Manager and alongside other Post Appointment Advisers this role involves leading on the provision of quality and timely advice on appointments to the judiciary. This could include the following responsibilities:     
•    Manage the team on the provision of accurate and timely advice on retirements and appointments to sit in retirement. 
•    Manage the provision of support and advice to the senior judiciary and Lord Chancellor on authorisations and appointment to judicial leadership roles.   
•    To provide leadership and manage performance to ensure the team is working to its greatest potential. 
•    Working with HMCTS, Private Offices, MoJ Pay and Pensions and, as appropriate, the JAC to ensure the timely approval of the appointment of judicial office holders to sit in retirement and of other ad hoc appointments/authorisations.
•    To support the team in making sure submissions follow the approved templates and guidance, and the advice is clear and succinct. 
•    To embed continuous improvement within the team, using quantitative information to inform decision making. 
•    To input into ideas on new ways of working to business as usual, whilst balancing the demands on the team.
•    To ensure the team keeps the records management system (currently e-HR) up to date. 
•    To review draft submissions prepared by the team and provide guidance to make sure the advice is clear and succinct. 

We are looking for candidates who are team players with strong organisational and drafting skills and an excellent eye for detail. You will need to have the confidence and ability to work under your own initiative and be able to manage competing priorities effectively.  
The successful candidates will have an induction period and support from their line manager throughout.  

Please contact
if you would like further information about the role. 

CV and Statement of Suitability

You will be asked to provide a CV during the application process in order to assess any demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that relate to the role.

You will also be asked to upload a Statement of Suitability of no more than 500 words stating what you would bring to the role, with reference to the Skills and Experience listed  above.

Behaviours (for Recruitment/Success Profiles):    


·    Leadership
·    Making Effective Decisions 
·    Working Together 
·    Managing a Quality Service 
·    Communicating and Influencing 

If large volumes of applications are received the sift will focus on Leadership

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Skills:    

·    Management experience.
·    Excellent stakeholder management skills across all levels of seniority. 
·    Confident decision maker, able to work independently and as part of a team.
·    Ability to identify areas of improvement and drive change.
·    Able to make decisions using sound judgement.
·    Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail.
·    Strong IT skills (should be able to work confidently in Word, Excel, Outlook including the ability to make formatting and layout changes to documents, manipulate data in Excel using basic formulae, sorting and filtering and be able to use databases confidently).

Desirable Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

·    Experience of people operations particularly recruitment and managing a customer focused service. 
•    Knowledge of the work of the judiciary.  
•    Experience of working with Judicial Office Holders and/or experience working in the justice system.

Security clearance required:    



£35,405 - £39,000

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: