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Head of Governance, Assurance and Estates – 59909
£50,427 – £63,500


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 role at the heart of the Office of the Public Guardian, working within the Strategy and Central Services directorate. We are looking for a brilliant new member of our team who enjoys working with others and can lead two teams in key areas of Agency.

You will lead two key teams within OPG, the governance and assurance teams and the estates/facilities/H&S teams.  These teams are essential to the OPG – ensuring that we are compliant with relevant legislation and government policies. You will be responsible for the implementation and continuous improvement of our policies for such areas as internal fraud and cyber security – working with others to ensure we are doing all that we need to in these areas. 

To be successful in this role you will be able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels both verbally and in writing. You will be able to build and maintain trusted relationships, as coordination and collaboration with others to progress work is key.  You will need to be seen as a senior leader across OPG and be willing to get involved in work outside of your immediate area.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities –

As Head of Governance, Assurance and Estates you will leading a team and your responsibilities will include:

  • Taking the lead in making sure OPG have a sustainable office presence, reflecting government priorities
  • To work with the appointed Project Manager and others across OPG to devise a plan for the move to the Government hub in Birmingham in 2025 building on the lessons learned from the move to Victoria Square House in 2022.  Key will be ensuring that all the relevant Estates/Heath and Safety considerations have been taken into account and that there is a clear and articulated plan for the move.
  • Lead OPG’s risk management processes, working across the organisation to ensure risks are accurately captured and mitigated, and that there is a robust challenge process in place to support the Public Guardian’s oversight responsibilities. Liaising with MoJ colleagues and other agencies to ensure OPG’s approach is consistent with government best practice
  • To develop a structured approach to managing internal fraud risk ensuring risk assessments are in place, learning from good practice elsewhere and working with operational leaders to ensure this is a proportionate and effective response
  • To develop OPG’s business continuity planning and systems, supporting the move to a “Gold Command” system, and ensuring that continuity covers the range of eventualities including buildings, staff and IT.
  • Work with a small team of senior leaders and their staff to ensure that all the work of the team is directed towards the key priorities for OPG and resourcing is allocated accordingly.
  • To ensure the delivery of all normal and routine work in relation to estates, health and safety, fraud and risk – and to ensure that OPG is compliant in all of these areas. 
  • Be responsible with the senior team to manage and ensure the day to day spend is consistent with budgets in these areas of responsibility.
  • Work to develop a skilled, inclusive, engaged workforce, to ensure staff engagement within the team and to ensure delivery of the relevant business plan activities.
  • The successful candidate will need to be able to lead and motivate others to high performance and will need to be comfortable working with senior stakeholders within OPG and the wider MoJ.  The role will provide the candidate with an opportunity to demonstrate a variety of skills across a range of work.
  • Other support as requested on an ad-hoc basis.

Diversity and equality of opportunity

  • Positively promote and implement diversity and equality of opportunity.  Support and contribute to the aims, objectives and performance of the OPG and your Team.
  • Be a role model and visible leader in supporting, inspiring, motivating and coaching colleagues.
  • Positively promote and implement diversity and equality of opportunity in all areas of work.
  • To become familiar and compliant with all OPG corporate governance policies.

Health and Safety

• Take reasonable care for own health and safety for the safety of others and abide by OPG Health and Safety procedure.

Other duties

To undertake any other duties as required commensurate with the grade.

Skills & Qualifications


  • An ability to lead teams and to be seen as a role model both within your areas and across the wider agency
  • Being able to work with others to find solutions to issues that are not always clear cut or easy to resolve – tact and diplomacy will be essential skills.
  • Ability to draft reports, submissions and papers as required.
  • A confident communicator with energy and enthusiasm able to communicate with people at all levels.
  • Ability to work without supervision and committed to give a high-quality performance in all aspects of the job.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to work with sensitive information and ensuring confidentiality at all times.


  • Experience of working in governance and/or estates and facilities and the willingness to undertake necessary specialist training if you do not already have it..

Application process

This vacancy is being advertised using Success Profiles. Candidates will be expected to provide a CV (2 pages of A4 maximum) plus a supporting personal statement of no more than 750 words

BehavioursYou will be asked to submit a behaviour statement of no more than 250 words for each of the following behaviours. In the event of a high number of applications, ‘Communicating & Influencing’ will be used as a lead behaviour. • Seeing the bigger picture – Level 4• Communicating & Influencing – Level 4• Delivering at pace – Level 4Interview

If you are successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview which will follow the Success Profiles process. At interview, candidates should expect strength-based questions, experience-based questions, as well as being asked to give a brief presentation. Details of this presentation will be released at a later date to candidates successful at sift.


The national salary range is £50,427 - £59,000, London salary range is £54,274 - £63,500. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.

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: