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Property

MOJ Property Directorate – Deputy Contract Manager – National Role – 52284
£36,049 – £47,591
National

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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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

The Property Directorate offers flexible working subject to local agreement. This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time, part-time applicants will be considered under job share arrangements.

The Directorate is supportive of and encourages flexible working and compressed hours candidates will also be considered. Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

Overview

The MoJ Property Directorate is a customer focused organisation that exists to enable our customers to perform to their very best.  We do this by providing high quality, easy to use services, and working environments that our customers want to work in, which support them to deliver their individual outputs efficiently.  Our job is to manage one of the most diverse and complex estates in Government – hosted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  As of 2 April 2021, the Prisons Maintenance Group (or PMG) join MoJ Estates Directorate and the team receives a new title, MoJ Property.   This change will align us with our profession – the Property Profession – and brings together a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation, and MoJ HQ and Arms-Length Bodies.  We also provide property services on behalf of the Home Office.

MoJ Property provides specialist services including facilities management, health and safety, fire safety and security, technical design expertise, and sustainability.  We also have business management teams who support the entire Directorate and each of our partners is supported by account management teams.  We are responsible for a great deal – our portfolio consists of properties valued at £8.5bn for the MoJ alone.  We are part of the Government Property Profession (GPP) and through active membership and engagement we will work with the Office of Government Property to develop the maturity of the profession and also encourage our people to join the GPP. We continue to build our capability through training and recruitment, aspiring to be the best that we can be as individuals and as a directorate.

We continue to deliver new ways of working across our portfolio – leading on the scale and pace of activity for central government – proposing ways to achieve, and then providing more dynamic and flexible workspace, while driving down the cost of the estate. 

Team Overview

As part of the Property Directorate, the Contract Management team are responsible for ensuring contract compliance through proactive Supplier and stakeholder engagement and management.  The role requires leadership and support to the operational delivery teams to Part of your role will be as contract escalation point for the FM contract operational performance and will include process review with deputy responsibility for contract governance. Working closely with your FM directorate colleagues in the operational space, and with the Commercial team, your work will provide a clear structured approach to contract governance and will require you to address and appropriately manage significant national and regional contractual situations through to successful resolution or further escalation. .

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • FM Contract stream deputy for the management of service delivery across a portfolio of properties encompassing residential, office and industrial sites including some specialised sites particular to the role.
  • Providing an operational contract point of escalation and escalation support to the Contract Manager for the account stakeholders and adopting a proactive approach to relationship management
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with MOJ Commercial colleagues (Commercial and Contract Management Directorate).
  • Responsible for proactively resolving contract performance issues across the customer portfolio
  • Attend monthly management meetings and facilitate and support or deputise with the Contract Manager on the presentation of contractual Management Information reporting to customers.
  • Ensure that the audit, assurance and validation of service delivery are undertaken, and the outputs managed accordingly
  • Undertake a continuous improvement approach to the account seeking to present and provide innovative solutions and operational improvements.
  • Manage the relationship with the Account Management team.
  • Support and deputise as lead for managed contract to deliver the wider strategic goals of the Property Directorate
  • Ensure FM risk management strategies and risk assessments are in place and the outputs are actioned accordingly
  • Ensure FM contract team and Property Directorate team objectives are disseminated and achieved by the FM team on an individual and collective basis.
  • Integral member of the hard and soft services contract team.
  • Lead and develop the team outputs, training requirements and ongoing continuous personal development.
  • Promote a culture of high performance, driving change and with a track record of high achievement.
  • Reports directly into the Contract Manager.
  • Understand all FM services required across the customer portfolio

Expectations of post holder in executing the role

Develop and maintain the following relationships:

  • Account Management
  • MoJ CCMD
  • FM Senior Management Team
  • Account FM Team
  • The Integrator (Kellog, Brown and Root)
  • FM Suppliers
  • MoJ SMT

Skills and Experience

Essential –

  • FM Contract and supplier management experience
  • Clear understanding of contract management risks, priorities and strategies
  • Problem solving approach with and agile / adaptable attitude with a goal focused outcome
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills with a proven track record of managing complex personnel and client relationships

Highly Desirable –  

  • Customer centric approach with a functional approach to the operational integration of contract management within a Total Facilities Management, Integrated Facilities Management and bundled service delivery contracts.
  • Understanding of FM contracts and the services to be provided across the customer portfolio
  • Strong commercial awareness and value judgement skills
  • Forward thinking with a proactive approach to FM
  • Excellent customer engagement skills
  • Dynamic and resilient with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrable persuasive capability
  • Record of significant self-development
  • Credible experience of managing contractual escalations with clearly defined outcomes
  • Experience of working in cross-functional teams with multiple disciplines

Qualifications

  • Holding or agreeing to work towards an appropriate professional accreditation or equivalent e.g. IWFM (or IACCM).

Government Property Profession (GPP) Technical Skills

The GPP Framework is aimed at staff working in property or property-related roles and consider property to be their career anchor profession. This usually encompasses posts where professional qualifications and experience are directly relevant to the work being undertaken. However, it is also applicable to those who are currently not qualified property practitioners but wish to make this their profession of choice. Those with a property background at any level are encouraged to register with the GPP, which exists to support property practitioners at all levels. Details of the GPP Career Framework can be found at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-government-property-profession-career-framework–2

This role falls under Workplace & FM at Practitioner level from the GPP career framework and some or all of the following Technical Skills will be tested during the selection process:

  • Commercial Acumen – Working
  • Property Profession Expertise – Practitioner

Behaviours

We will assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Flexible working hours

The Property Directorate offers a flexible working system in many teams.

Requests for reduced hours contracts will be considered in line with business needs.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. We are happy to accommodate any reasonable adjustments you may require during the selection process. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

The Directorate is supportive of and encourages flexible working. Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

Additional Information

CTC level National Security Clearance is required for this role. Central Government policy dictates that applicants for National Security Clearance must be a resident in the UK for these minimum periods:

  • CTC – 3 years
  • SC – 5 years
  • DV – 10 years

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.

Benefits

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.

Pension

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

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

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.

Support

  • 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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity