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Senior Leadership

Governing Governor – 41669
£67,987 - £81,584


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Rydym yn croesawu ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb, yn cynnwys grwpiau sydd wedi’u tangynrychioli yn ein gweithlu ar hyn o bryd, ac rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn bod yn gyflogwr o safon uchel sy’n denu llawer o ymgeiswyr. Ewch i i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut rydym yn hyrwyddo amrywiaeth a chynhwysiant yn y gweithle.

Senior Management – The job holder will be a Senior Manager and is accountable for the provision of leadership, direction, coordination, strategic decisions and risks for a large/complex establishment with managerial responsibility for all staff across their functions. They are accountable for the budgets allocated to functions and the effective and efficient use of resources to ensure the security of establishment


Job holders within this Group Profile will be responsible and accountable for running an establishment which has been defined as complex, providing staff management, risk management, leadership and strategic direction.  

They will be deploying highly developed operational managerial skills and experience, gained from managing a variety of establishments. The jobholder will be required to deal with political and media attention as the establishment may house prisoners who are considered notorious or in the public interest.

These are operational and prisoner-facing roles.    


Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:

  • Accountable for ensuring a safe, decent and secure environment is maintained for prisoners and staff
  • Accountable for providing leadership and direction for staff including coaching and mentoring for managers
  • Lead on the development and communication of a decency strategy for the establishment that encompasses staff, prisoners and visitors
  • Accountable for the promotion of prison service policy in all activities and behaviours by promoting diversity, decency, safety and reducing re-offending agendas
  • Accountable for strategic planning and assessing particular needs of establishment prisoner population and making changes to regimes accordingly
  • Accountable for ensuring the establishment has effective contingency and emergency plans in place
  • Accountable for local employee relations maintaining and building relationships and partnerships where possible to facilitate negotiations with trade unions
  • Accountable for the establishment’s overall delivery of Service Delivery Indictors (SDIs) and standards, leading on the performance and delivery of targets relating to the budget and People Plan
  • Accountable for the performance and development of the Senior Management Team (SMT), actively addressing underperformance whilst valuing the positive contributions of staff
  • Accountable for chairing local grievance appeals, conduct and discipline and capability hearings
  • Accountable for the management prioritisation and allocation of resources to deliver the Establishment strategic plan
  • Accountable for ensuring key messages are delivered to all staff through appropriate levels of communication e.g. full staff briefings, presentations and staff notices
  • Accountable for reviewing and sanctioning impact assessments for policies before local implementation
  • Accountable for overall monitoring and control of the establishment budget, prioritising expenditure with budget holders

Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile

The job holder once in post will be in matched to a job description; a sample list is shown below. The post is rotational so the job holder could during their career carry out the role of different job descriptions.

  • Governor Complex
  • Governor Complex YP

Essential Skills/Qualifications/Accreditation/Registration

The job holder must have either been successfully accredited at the Senior Operational Manager (SOM) assessment or been successfully accredited by passing both the Governor Assessment Centre (GAC) and the Deputy Governor & Governor Incident Management Silver Command (IMSC) Assessment.

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

Hours of Work and Allowances

37 hour working week

Required Hours Allowance

This role requires regularly working unpredictable and unsocial hours and be on call to attend their place of work at any time. A 17% payment will be paid in addition to your basic pay to recognise this. Unsocial hours are those hours outside 0700 – 1900hrs Monday to Friday and include working evening, nights, weekends and Bank / Public holidays.


  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical Requirements

Successfully accredited at the Senior Operational Manager (SOM) assessment or been successfully accredited by passing both the Governor Assessment Centre (GAC) and the Deputy Governor & Governor Incident Management Silver Command (IMSC)


Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, 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 for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


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

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


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

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

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.