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MoJ Property Directorate – Judges Lodgings – Chef – 55156
£25,827 – £27,170
Multiple Locations


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:

The Estates 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 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.


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) joined MoJ Estates Directorate and the team receives a new title, MoJ Property Directorate.   This change aligns 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

HMCS Estates manages a large court estate, including several historic buildings.  This is based on a regional structure with central overview and advice.  To provide a home from home service to the Judiciary when they are out on Circuit.  To assist and act as a deputy to the Front of house manager in the smooth running of the lodgings and to cook a variety of meals for the Judiciary, their Clerk and guests. 

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Spend the allocated money from the FOH Manager to ensure all requirements of guests is met at the best possible value for money.
  • Ensuring that the kitchen and food preparation areas are always cleaned and maintained to the required standard Ensure all fryers, ovens and fridges are cleaned frequently.
  • Plan, prepare and cook all meals to the mutually agreed standard for the Judges, their clerks and guests in accordance with their dietary requirements and in consultation with lodging manager
  • Purchase all provisions required for meals to be taken in lodgings ensuring value for money in consultation with lodging manager. Manage the frequency of shopping trips to reduce the amount of paperwork for JLRO
  • Avoid wastage by correct storage of foodstuffs. Ensuring good stock control.  Ensuring all kitchen essentials (gas, water and electric) are not wasted to assist the managing of lodgings costs.
  • Liaise with the Front of House manager about the number of Judges, Clerks and guests will be in residence and arrival times for meals, and anticipated length of stay. Provide cover arranging with lodging manager to ensure the site is always manned This will include covering at alternative sites.
  • Follow letters and requirements of clerks and judges provided by the Front of House Manager. Flexibility in timing to meet the requirements of stakeholders.
  • Ensure dinner party menus and buffet menus are prepared in advance and meet with the Front of House Manager, Judiciary and clerks to put across menus.
  • Ensure that requests by the FOH of manager are undertaken by staff in their absence. Also manage the work staff undertake in the kitchen area in accordance with the FM contract.
  • The lodging manager manages the site on a daily, weekly, yearly basis; however, this post requires the skills to cover the lodging managers duties. To be aware of the running of the lodgings including building management, how to raise a work order, managing contractors and dealing with emergencies and report any actions undertaken to the Front of House Manager on their return.
  • Answer the telephone and deal with any queries, take messages and pass these on to the appropriate person. Transfer calls where necessary.
  • Secure the site in the absence of the FOH Manager. Act as a second contact point for alarms during evenings and weekends. Following relevant procedures.
  • During Judicial vacation periods ensure the effective deep cleaning of the kitchen, liaising with the lodging manager regarding effective management work required in Lodgings throughout these periods.
  • Provide cover for the Front of House Manager when they take annual leave. Seeing to contractors and visitors on the behalf of the manager.
  • All purchases made with the GPC card to be accurately accounted for and within SFA.

Skills and Experience


  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety & Hygiene
  • The ability to cook for all dietary needs
  • Monitor budgets
  • Good communication skills; both written and oral
  • The ability to compose weekly menus

    Highly Desirable

    • An awareness of Health and Safety, Fire and Risk Management.
    • A practical working knowledge of the use of ITC packages, e.g. MS Word, Excel and Power Point.


    • Level 2 Award in Food Safety & Hygiene

    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 does not fall under the GPP Framework and will notbe tested during the selection process:


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

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

    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.

    This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time; Work (as many hours as is necessary) “All Hours” to ensure the effective running of the house with effective communication with the lodging manager. This can include evenings and weekends.

    It is the post holder’s responsibility to liaise with their Manager to manage their annual leave ensuring this is taken during the vacation periods – e.g. August/September, Easter, Whitsun and Christmas.

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


    £25,827 - £27,170

    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.


    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: