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Approved Premises Area Manager (1 x Full Time and 1 x Part-Time) – 42635
£41,020 - £49,016
Multiple Locations


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We are recruiting one full time and one part time (0.5 fte) to rewarding and challenging roles within the South West and South-Central Approved Premise Senior Management Team. You will become part of an inclusive and driven team and be central to the development of staff, new and innovative ways of working and to supporting an enabling culture.  This is an exciting opportunity to work within a new directorate to support the successful rehabilitation of offenders, develop practice in risk management and improve partnership and collaborative working. 

The role includes undertaking out of hours working whilst on-call. Locations listed in the advert are Approved Premises. Base could be an office location, to be decided following interview.

Job Title

Approved Premises Area Manager


National Probation Service



Overview of the job

This is a management role reporting to the Head of Public Protection, responsible for managing a cluster of Approved Premises (AP) within a Division.


To provide management and leadership within the National Probation Service (NPS) with responsibility for resources, the strategic direction and operational management of a cluster of Approved Premises.

To offer support and cover to other AP Clusters during periods of absence. To participate in the out of hours Senior Management on call rota

To represent the Deputy Director or Head of Public Protection for Approved Premises with external stakeholders and other staff

In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.

The job holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.

Responsibilities,Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the implementation of strategy and operational delivery.
  • Deliver performance and quality targets
  • Manage the devolved budget for the AP Cluster and manage resources effectively
  • Demonstrate ability to meet competing demands across geographical areas
  • Demonstrate ability to manage middle managers /other staff and employee relations across the AP Cluster in line with HMPPS policies
  • Ensure AP staff contribute to and support risk management plans, including engagement with MAPPA
  • Where senior management authorisation or involvement is required provide advice and make decisions on the management of high risk offenders, ensure appropriate placements are available within the AP estate
  • As a member of the AP divisional management team play an active part in the corporate management of the NPS as necessary. Take lead responsibility for specific projects/portfolios
  • Provide a leading role and provide direction in work with partners and key stakeholders. Represent the NPS as appropriate to the role
  • Implement HMPPS equality strategy
  • Manage and participate in divisional out-of-hours on call rota.
  • Accountable for health and safety for the AP Cluster
  • Accountable for estates responsibilities for the AP Cluster
  • Carry out safeguarding children and safeguarding adult duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
  • Ensure the interests and concerns of the community local to each AP are met with an appropriate response.
  • Respond effectively to the operational risks to the AP and organisational risks to the wider NPS presented by a potential/actual significant incident.
  • Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes
  • To work within the aims and values of NPS and HMPPS

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alternations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.


  • Leadership
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Essential Experience

  • Significant experience at middle manager level.
  • Substantial experience of management of staff and managing through change, including supervision, resource deployment, appraisals and motivating
  • Experience of monitoring performance in area of responsibility against predetermined targets, setting local targets and effecting necessary improvements
  • Experience of participating in commissioning and procurement processes or contract management
  • Experience of Health and Safety and Equalities management
  • Working with key local agencies and stakeholders to develop strong relationships
  • Preparing high level written reports
  • Experience of evaluating practise


Probation Qualification Framework Graduate Diploma/Honours Degree in Community Justice integrated with Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

Or a qualification which was recognised at the time of qualification by the Secretary of State for Justice as per Section 10 of the Offender Management Act 2007.The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:

  • Diploma in Probation Studies,
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)
  • CQSW (with Probation Option)

IT skills, including evidence of ability to interpret and apply performance reports


37 hours

Additional payments are made for out-of-hours work

Additional Information

There are 2 vacancies: 1 full time and 1 part time (18.5 hours)

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten 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 National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). Please visit for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.


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


  • 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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


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.


All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

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 equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.