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Procurement and Contracts Management

Commissioning & Partnership Officer – 60481
£23,174 – £28,200
Multiple Locations


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:

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the services available for our people on probation. You will be able to demonstrate creative flair by designing and developing innovative new services. You will work from key research aimed at reducing reoffending. This is an interesting and varied role where you will have the opportunity to work across many different projects. Throughout the commissioning lifecycle you will work to research, design, implement and evaluate projects.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Through developing this network you will be able to influence and lead future need.

Overview of the job

The purpose of the Commissioning and Partnerships team is to work closely with operational and contract managers within the region, commercial colleagues, policy leads, external partners/commissioners, providers and service users to identify service needs, review existing services, build partnerships, develop knowledge and build expertise within the business, design new services, source providers and then monitor the effectiveness of commissioned services to promote innovative and strategic solutions and deliver quality, value for money services that meet service user needs and reduces reoffending.

The Commissioning and Partnerships Officer will contribute to the development and implementation of commissioning plans and products and support partnership activity. They will lead on secretariat, planning and research activities to support commissioning and/or recommissioning of services across the region.

They will be line managed by a Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, who will lead on the delivery for a specific portfolio of services or need areas.


The post holder will support the production and implementation of service/need specific commissioning plans and regional commissioning strategy.

The will be responsible for developing reports or briefings for senior managers, portfolio leads and local/regional partners to support the monitoring and reporting of regional commissioning strategy and service/need specific commissioning plans.

They will support operational staff and managers to deliver their responsibilities for the portfolio area. This may include offering consultancy and advice, delivering local training and briefings.

They will support the Commissioning and Partnerships Manager in undertaken budget and financial monitoring for commissioning projects.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

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

  • Collate and provide quantitative and qualitative analysis of needs and demand data to support Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, including conducting focus groups with staff and service users.
  • Drafting and amending service specifications for new and existing services and support the development of a portfolio of evidence-based service specifications.
  • Responsible for developing regional and service/need area reporting system to monitor effectiveness of existing commissioning arrangements and availability of local services to inform review and planning.
  • Support on regional involvement in grants and procurement processes, including organising market warming and engagement, producing key grant and procurement documents and support evaluation of bids.
  • Providing secretariat support to regional, cross-regional and multi-agency governance or project groups with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responsible for organising and facilitating stakeholder and engagement events and meetings
  • Responsible for establishing productive and effective relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders at a local, regional and national level in line with designated portfolio area to support commissioning activity. Develop, maintain and update regional partnership agreements and ensure these are linked to business planning for the region.
  • To undertake and lead specific project work as instructed by the Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations 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.


  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving

Essential Experience

Experience of commissioning and/or recommissioning services, including assessing need, reviewing services and developing service specifications.

  • Awareness of procurement and grants within the public sector context. Experienced in the field of partnership working.
  • Awareness of community safety, criminal justice, social care, housing or health care setting.
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • Experience of undertaking research and formulating options, along with problem solving abilities
  • Experience of project management.


  • Proven experience of working in a community safety, criminal justice, social care, housing or health care setting
  • Good understanding of services to offenders delivered in the community or through-the-gate (upon release from prison)


£23,174 - £28,200

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.

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 five years’ service, plus public holidays. 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.


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


  • 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 UKor 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: