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MOJ Property Directorate – Head of Programme Delivery – 45789
£52,119 - £76,000


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:

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


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 Arm’s 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

The post holder is a member of the unit’s senior management team, accountable to the Project Delivery Director for the successful, timely and quality delivery of all construction/fitout projects across the MoJ family: prisons, investment, reform and Capital maintenance; probation investment, reform, Capital maintenance; court investment, reform and Capital maintenance; sustainable development; Home Office change and maintenance, taking into account the sustainable, social and economic and environmental policies.  The number of projects normally in flight is circa 400, with an aggregated budget of circa £150m. The post holder leads a team of senior project sponsors and project sponsors and is supported by outsourced professional service providers and constructors.

There are two roles: Head of Programme Delivery (Prisons) and Head of Programme Delivery (Probation). Both roles are similar in as much as the successful candidates will deliver a portfolio of Capital maintenance and investment projects, leading teams of project sponsors and supply chain partners.  The prisons roles will specifically focus on prisons in the south of England and Wales, and the probation role will deliver projects at approved premises and probation offices across England and Wales.  Both roles will contribute to the delivery of government and Departmental targets, such as greening government targets.

The real differences are the stakeholder groups. The Head of Programme Delivery (Prisons) role will work closely with governors, whereas, the Head of Programme Delivery (Probation) role will work with operational delivery units. 

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Working with a range of end users, judiciary, prison governors, probation leads to develop project proposals at mandate through to timely completion, within budget envelops; evidencing value for money solutions and benefits realisation.
  • Timely assurance and submission of individual project option appraisals, feasibility reports, business cases and board papers; driving design innovation.
  • Timely procurement of supply chain resources.
  • Setting direction and managing performance levels of supply chain partners, through setting out clear performance indicators, at the same continually challenging resourcing proposals.
  • Identifying risks and issues and making sure mitigation plans are in place; managing early warning notices and chairing core groups when contractual remedies are required.
  • Embedding wider efficiency targets set by the Cabinet Office and IPA, such as the implementation of building information modelling, government soft landings by the inclusion of FM professionals; and collaborative procurement, particularly early contractor engagement and project bank accounts.
  • Regularly holding to account senior project sponsors in making sure all key project milestones are on track, all policies are considered (such as sustainability) and all project reporting is assured and submitted on time; at the same time assuring all actively is managed in line with the project control framework controls.
  • Ensuring lessons learned carried out as best practice and findings are collected and distributed across stakeholder groups, including technical services, FM, commercial, and post project evaluations are conducted and recorded.
  • Line management and leadership of a team, providing strong professional direction.
  • Frequent travel will be required across England and Wales and on occasions, Scotland

Expectations of post holder in executing the role:

The post holder will provide clear direction and support to their team, account managers and stakeholders in delivering successful outcomes in respect of the Directorates objectives that flow from the single departmental plan, the asset management plan(s) and local business plans.

Strong leadership is a critical element of this role, as is the ability to prioritise and manage a personal workload, whilst continuously developing their team and individuals, that may include apprentices and/or fast streamers; and be accountable for their own professional development.

As a member of the unit senior leadership team the post holder will operate in a culture of openness and honesty, demonstrating commitment and drive to change through personal involvement, grip and empowerment, and by delivering results by personally championing change.

There will be a requirement to travel nationally on a regular basis. The post holder will need a full driving licence.

Skills and Experience

Essential –

  • Should have experience of effectively working through a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly at senior levels, to achieve successful outcomes
  • Should have the ability to organise and prioritise delivery solutions in a continually changing environment, where appropriate to do so; fully utilising allocated budgets
  • Should have the experience of developing new ways of working, particularly when identifying and embedding best practice.
  • Should have experience of identifying risk and implementing mitigation plans.

Specialist skills and experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of drafting and assuring business cases, option appraisals, board papers, and contributing to PQs, FOI and Ministers cases.
  • Knowledge and use of PPC 2000, NEC3 forms of contracts.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of the RIBA digital plan of works.
  • Experience of delivering through project bank accounts and timely payment of supply chains through the requisition to pay process. 
  • Knowledge and experience of good supplier relationship, contract and commercial management outcomes.
  • Knowledge of sustainability policy and its application in property/projects
  • Knowledge of the strategic direction and objectives in managing and improving the Government estate.

Highly Desirable:

  • Awareness of Government Property Profession.


  • Have, or will be working towards a recognised construction qualification, such as the chartered institute of building (CIOB) or RCIS.

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:–2

This role falls under Senior Practitioner Level and some or all of the following Technical Skills will be tested during the selection process: 

  • Application of Knowledge and Expertise – Level 4
  • Compliance Management – Level 4


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

  • Seeing the big picture.
  • Leadership.
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace.

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: 

The Property Directorate offers flexible working subject to local agreement. This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time. The unit 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.

Additional Information


  • 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 GOV.UK or 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

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 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.

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.


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.

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.