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Operational Delivery

Operations Manager – Lancashire Magistrates Courts – 79422
£39,868 – £43,535


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:

These operational roles are customer facing, requiring successful applicants to be office based to provide HMCTS services to the public. HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices, subject to business needs being met.

Please be aware that the correct postcode for Preston Magistrates Court is PR1 2QT

The Operations Manager will be managing the following courts – Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Preston and Lancaster therefore there will be an expectation of some travel between these offices.

This is a general job description covering the likely scope of work of the post holder.

About us

Are you interested in developing a career with a real purpose? We are looking for individuals who are committed to public service and to make a difference in people’s lives to deliver justice.  If this sounds like you, please apply.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Joining us is a chance to play a pivotal role in the smooth running of our courts, which give people and businesses access to potentially life-changing justice. Not only will your work be of crucial importance for those who use our services, you’ll be able to build a varied, challenging and rewarding career.

The key purpose of the role is to

•    Be accountable for day to day operations across a number of functions within the cluster

Key responsibilities

•    Develop and implement strategies which deliver organisational change
•    Establish a consistent and customer focussed service 
•    Ensure effective deployment of resources to live within allocated budget.
•    Design, build and maintain effective liaison with judiciary, user groups and representative organisations, representing the cluster manager where necessary.
•    Work with managers across the cluster / region to ensure cohesive cross-Cluster delivery
•    Act as Responsible Officer as required. 


•    Establish and enhance effective working relationships with the judiciary, supporting agencies, voluntary and user groups. Working with agencies to improve the level of service offered to users.
•    Provide direction and close support to Delivery Managers, setting local priorities which are consistent with Regional and national priorities.
•    Use Staff Survey Action Plans / local TU liaison / Staff Forums to effect good working relationships with staff and to improve service delivery and staff morale / motivation
•    Work collaboratively with all areas of the business to fully utilise MI, ensuring performance targets are monitored, reviewed and achieved.
•    Manage conflicting demands through reprioritisation and negotiation, using the strengths of individuals and teams to achieve results.
•    Be proactive in reviewing processes to identify improvements, understanding and managing associated risks; building on team strengths to deliver business outcomes and involve the team in developing plans and consistent messages.
•    Accountable for ensuring Governance, risk management registers and contingency plans are in place and updated annually/monthly.
•    Ensuring compliance with HMCTS values, policies and procedures (including diversity, attendance and discipline, HMCTS Assurance Programme) and contribute to ongoing development.
•    Perform Responsible Officer duties. This may include any of the following activities:
Identify and implement solutions to local problems
identify risks
Ensuring IT/Workstation compliance at all times
Ensure compliance with health and safety requirements
Ensuring Risk Assessments take place at appropriate times
Maintenance of an up to date Asset Register
Ensure any issues regarding level of service for Estates Facilities Management are escalated to MoJ Estates
Constructively manage complaints within set timescales, and ensure corrective action taken where necessary.
•    Apply LEAN principles, tools and techniques to working practices to improve efficiency of operations.

Team leadership    

•    Provide visible leadership to managers and staff and role model engaging behaviours and challenge non-engaging behaviours in managers.
•    Leading by example, coaching, supporting and developing staff and guiding them through a substantial and significant change.
•    Ensure managers across the cluster support the ongoing use of TIB’s and SOP’s and empower and develop staff to achieve the highest performance standards.
•    Ensure the application of MoJ HR policies and procedures.

Developing new policies / processes, etc    

•    Developing innovative proposals for introducing policy change, drawing on best practice for managing change. 
•    Working with Cluster Delivery managers to develop business plans for the Cluster
•    Setting local priorities and objectives within the context of national/regional/area strategies and plans
•    Identifying and implementing solutions to complex local problems.
•    Task or commission work to review and improve local processes.
•    Assess the impact of new policies or processes on current performance.


•    To have a comprehensive knowledge of functions undertaken within the Cluster, to support the development and review of policies and procedures. 
•    To provide specific functions as directed by line management in line with the SOP for providing that service. 

Financial Authority    

•    To monitor and control expenditure (as delegated), ensuring profiles are met and efficiencies made. 
•    Ensure effective deployment of resources to live within the allocated budget.


•    Reporting to the Cluster Manager.

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.

Operational Delivery in HMCTS

This role is part of the Operational Delivery Profession. Operational delivery professionals are the outward face of government, providing essential services to the public in a variety of roles. They work in many different departments and agencies across the breadth of the UK, delivering service to customers in

Face-to-face roles in HMCTS for example a court usher
Contact Centre roles in HMCTS for example call centre advisers
Processing roles in HMCTS for example Staff at the County Courts Money-Claims Centre and Courts and Tribunal Administration

Being part of the operational delivery profession means belonging to a cross-government community of people.  This will offer you access to information on professional standards, skills development and qualifications to help you continue to improve your development and performance and expand your career options.


£39,868 - £43,535

Additional Information

New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum.

Existing Civil Servants applying on promotion will usually be appointed on the salary minimum of the pay band or with an increased salary of 10% on their existing base salary (restricted to the new pay band maximum), whichever is the higher.

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 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

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: