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Programme and Project Management

Judicial and Magistrates Recruitment Programme Senior Manager – 39254
£52,845 - £63,500


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:

New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum. These positions are available for external applicants as well as existing civil servants on level transfer or promotion. Secondments and loans will be considered on an individual basis.


Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service is one of government’s largest agencies, employing around 16,000 staff, with a gross annual budget of c.£1.6bn, and operating across around 350 sites across England and Wales. Our work underpins justice, affecting the lives of millions every year.  
We have ambitious plans in place to transform the services we offer to users of the justice system. The government is investing £1bn across our change programmes, updating and replacing its technology, speeding up and streamlining working practices, refurbishing buildings to reduce maintenance costs and providing much improved services for users. The resulting system will be designed around the needs of those who use it, including victims, offenders, legal professionals, claimants and the judiciary.  
An effective courts and tribunals service is fundamental to our democracy, underpinning the rule of law. As a member of the Judicial and Magistrates Workforce Strategy team you will play an integral part in delivering the annual recruitment programme of approximately 2,000 magistrates.  


We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to build the role as our Magistrates Workforce and Judicial Engagement Lead. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to combine their talents for detailed data analysis, problem solving and relationship building.  

Essential skills/experience 

Experience of providing detailed recommendations based on analytical data. 

Key accountabilities 

  • Work strategically with analysts to understand the future supply and demand requirements for magistrates’ time and resource, acting as the main ‘customer’ for the analytical modelling, and producing detailed advice for key decision-makers;  
  • Design and develop a regular programme of recruitment for the magistracy;  
  • Develop a new magistrate supply and demand platform to align with the judicial supply and demand model; 
  • Work with colleagues across the MoJ and HMCTS to determine the future operating model for magistrates’ work; 
  • Adopt a strategic approach to planning for revisions to policy and legislation; 
  • Produce and provide regular reporting to relevant stakeholders including the HMCTS Board; 
  • Provide balanced advice on magistrates’ recruitment and other strategic priorities to Ministers and senior judiciary; 
  • Manage multiple stakeholder relationships, liaising with MoJ, Judicial Office (JO), the magistracy and the Magistrates Liaison Executive, other government departments and senior management, sharing information and escalating concerns as appropriate;  
  • Represent the views of HMCTS at various groups responsible for magistrates resourcing; 
  • Contribute to ad hoc projects that support the delivery of the strategic objectives of both the team and wider division; 
  • Work collaboratively with the Judicial Office (JO) Reform teams, Communications and HMCTS project leads to develop and implement a new judicial engagement strategy.

Key Interactions:

  • HMCTS Operational and Reform teams
  • Policy and Legal teams within MoJ and across Government
  • Wider Judiciary
  • Other Government departments/Partner organisations including DWP, HMRC, Home Office etc.
  • Key stakeholders in the justice system

Other duties

The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.

Application Process

As part of the application process we ask you to provide your CV and demonstrate the following behaviours at Grade 7/Level 4:

  • Making Effective Decisions  
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing 

We provide further information on selection criteria at the Recruitment & Selection Process link, which will help you to think about and write your statement.

Candidates who pass the required standard for the role may be placed on a reserve list should the successful candidate decide not to take up the appointment or whereby further opportunities arise in the near future. Candidates will be kept on a reserve list for up to 12 months.

Should you be successful at the application stage you will be invited for an interview, which may be conducted via video conference. The four Success Profile Behaviours listed above will also be tested at interview stage.

Terms & Conditions:

Flexible working options

HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices.

Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances

This job is not eligible for relocation allowances, but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJ’s excess fares allowance policy.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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.


  • 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 employees.

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

1-      To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2-      To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3-      To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.