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Human Resources

Divisional Head of HR – Prisons North – 52129
£60,504 – £76,000


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:


If you are looking to play a significant leadership role in driving change, increasing capability and using evidence to inform effective decision making for a wide range of People interventions, then we would like to hear from you. 

We are looking to recruit into Business Partnering where you will lead a small team and support the Deputy Director to deliver effective and forward-looking challenge, acting as a senior advisor and building relationships of trust amongst our Senior Civil Servants to ensure they deliver against their business objectives. 

You will support our Senior Leadership Team in the delivery of key workstreams in relation to an ambitious People Agenda, you will bring with you a passion for people and the drive and experience to lead a team of professionals in across a range of specialist, generalist and operational areas. 

You will drive the high-quality interventions from the People Group into the business. Supporting the business in meeting its strategic objectives and ensure the Ministry delivers its wide range of services in both operational and corporate services contexts. 

Providing visible leadership, challenge and influence across the function and the department at a senior level, you will utilise your skills as a leader to deliver a coaching style of management, to draw out the best of your team and contribute to the ongoing professional development of the function. 

You will be an active member of a G6 leadership team who will both drive the agenda and direct the delivery of your team’s objectives


You will lead a team with the primary route into People Group, commissioning people services and interventions, working in partnership with Centres of Expertise and operations throughout the employee lifecycle. You will support one of our Director General’s and Executive Committee Team members ensuring they have talented, engaged and high performing teams with the capability to deliver current and future objectives. Building relationships of trust and coaching a team of HR Business Partners in supporting corporate and operational areas. 

The job holder will be required to undertake the following duties and responsibilities of their specific teams: 

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Building leadership and management capability to facilitate high people performance;
  • Coaching leaders (including the Director General) on the implementation and timely and efficient delivery of planned and unplanned Human Resources programmes;
  • Working proactively with all HR colleagues across MoJ to deliver a consistent and quality HR service and ensure joined-up delivery. Using their knowledge and expertise to provide challenge, support and guidance on a range of HR issues including: organisation design, culture change, performance and talent management and leadership development;
  • Embedding HR processes and principles;
  • Providing professional judgement and insights into the organisation borne from a deep understanding of the business, the market and the human resources profession;
  • Working collaboratively as a senior HR leader to shape business direction and people strategy to help achieve Organisational and Group outcomes;
  • Using a range of strategies to communicate, influence and persuade stakeholders and senior business leaders in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change;
  • Leading and developing a successful team of HR professionals, motivating them and creating an inclusive environment where everyone is able to perform to the best of their ability;
  • Work with DG and Directors to ensure healthy succession plans are in place;
  • Ensure that group senior management takes full account of people issues when business plans and key decisions made, including employee relations;
  • Play a key role in driving up the standard of leadership and people management within the group, supporting managers to fulfil their management responsibilities and develop as confident people managers;
  • Participate in shaping the departmental HR agenda and contribute to the work to increase the effectiveness of the HR service within the Department, ensuring it is aligned to business need at a time of major change;
  • Lead/support corporate HR projects/work as and when required ensuring continuous improvement across the Directorate, this is in addition to your HR BP activities. 

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Essential Criteria 

  • Excellent communication and networking skills with the ability to persuade and influence others, establishing collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including permanent secretary and ministers.
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, with the ability to work effectively across a range of tasks and under pressure.
  • Sound judgement and the ability to think strategically and creatively, recognising where improvements can be made and implementing them.
  • Ability to think and act strategically under pressure and having the confidence to provide advice, guidance and constructive challenge when necessary, and provide regular reporting up to board level.
  • Ability to find solutions to complex and often sensitive issues. 

Personal Attributes & Skills

  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to inspire, motivate and develop your team.
  • The ability to demonstrate creative thinking to provide valuable solutions.
  • The ability to deliver at pace and under pressure and whilst multitasking and delivering to short deadlines.
  • Proven ability of operating with confidentiality, integrity, reliability and role model leadership principals;
  • You will have a high level of attention to detail and drive yourself to deliver work to a high standard.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Professional Competencies / Requirements

  • You will be Chartered MCIPD (essential for the HRBP role) 

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 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:

This role will be responsible for HMPPS HR delivery for Prisons in the North, including the Midlands.  All role holders are required to be MCIPD.

The successful applicant will be appointed to an office/hub location close to their home address.  The base location will be discussed with the successful candidate. 

Regular travel may be required for this post. Should we have a high volume of applicants, we will be sifting on the lead behaviour – Managing a Quality Service. Interviews will be during week’s commencing 14th and 21st February 2022.