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Operational Delivery

Judicial Appointments Commission – Senior Selection Exercise Manager – 39210
£36,798 - £47,591


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About the JAC

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is an independent public body, established in 2006, to select judges in the courts and tribunals, and non-legal tribunal members. The JAC is responsible for designing, planning and running recruitment campaigns to select judicial office holders up to and including the High Court.

We have a statutory duty to select solely on merit, while keeping our selection processes open to the widest range of applicants. This means continually evaluating and improving our processes to ensure they are fair and open, and that they are identifying the very best candidates for judicial office.

The work is high-profile, varied and challenging. We launch a new campaign for judicial posts every 1 to 2 weeks. These range from high-volume campaigns at entry level, attracting upward of 2,000 applicants, to small campaigns for the most senior judicial roles, attracting a handful of highly-qualified people. In a fast-paced environment, you will oversee our operational delivery managers to design and plan these campaigns, manage risks and ensure effective delivery. You can find out more information from our website

The Role

We are now looking for two Senior Selection Exercise Managers. These roles are suitable for someone seeking an interesting and fast-paced Senior Project Manager or Senior Operational Delivery role with a wide variety of responsibilities.

Candidates previously successful in applying for these roles have had considerable experience in operational delivery (either within the civil service, in the wider public sector such as schools’ administration, or in the private sector such as large retail store management etc).

Main responsibilities

Your primary responsibility will be managing the selection exercises for a range of judicial appointments in courts and/or tribunals, including high profile roles such as Deputy High Court Judge, Circuit Judge and District Judge etc. You will also pilot new processes and selection tools in a continuous improvement culture, designing projects, capturing and analysing data and making recommendations for future selection exercises.

You will:

  • Manage several selection exercises for judicial roles using excellent project management skills.
  • Lead a small team (comprised of managers and administration staff) to deliver recommendations for judicial appointment, which includes effective risk mitigation, quality assurance, and a high standard of candidate handling and budgetary control;
  • Develop and manage effective working relationships with a diverse range of business partners in the courts and judiciary and stakeholders such as the legal professional bodies.
  • Act as a leader across the Operations Team, working proactively with colleagues to problem-solve issues, developing a strategic awareness of the organisation’s priorities and how that feeds into operational work, and identifying opportunities for improvement to delivery.

For enquiries about the roles please contact Sharon Foster-King at who will book a 121 chat via MSteams or another video conferencing app.


You will need to demonstrate the following behaviours for this role:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership

In addition to these behaviours, your experience will be assessed at the application and interview stages.

You should have experience in the following areas; this list is not exhaustive:

  • Good relationship management of stakeholders at senior levels (equivalent to Director and above within the civil service, Chief Executive and Board Chair in other sectors).
  • Excellent attention to detail in drafting, planning and delivery.
  • A good understanding of how operational delivery, quality assurance, governance and policy are co-dependent functions in a delivery organisation.

Part Time or Job Share option

This role is demanding, we would consider a part time or job share application that ensured business needs were met (at least 30 hours per week).

Remote working

Currently all our staff are working remotely from home.

Once government restrictions due to Covid-19 end, the role will involve either being based in London with regular working from home, or some travel to London if you do not live within commuting distance of our office in Westminster. If you require further information on this please contact Sharon Foster-King.

Application process

You need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • A statement of suitability detailing the relevant skills and experience you have (500 words max).
  • Written evidence of the 3 core behaviours for this role (Delivering at Pace, Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating).


Applications will be sifted based on the CV and only one behaviour, Delivering at Pace.


Interviews will take place in mid December or early January. Interviews will be via MSTeams or another video conferencing app.

At interview you will asked about three behaviours (Delivering at Pace, Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating), your CV and statement of suitability, and three strengths: Resilient, Adaptable, Responsible. You can find out more about strengths here.

Applicants invited for interview will be expected to undertake an assessment on the day of the interview. This will involve either a written assessment presented to the panel or another activity, such as assessing a recording. More details will be provided if you are invited to interview. As well as appointing two candidates we may place other candidates on a 12-month reserve list for future vacancies.

Additional Information

Please note that JAC is currently working remotely and any interview will be conducted remotely using MSTeams or other suitable video arangements.

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.