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Project Delivery

PMO/ Project Support Officer – 47407
£24,002 - £38,373
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.

Directorate: MoJ Project Delivery Function

Job Title: Project Management Office (PMO) /Project Support Officer

Pay Span or equivalent: Band C

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) priorities include improving public safety and reducing reoffending by reforming prisons, probation and youth justice, and building a justice system which makes access to justice swifter and more certain for all citizens whatever their background. Project professionals in the MoJ help to improve the government’s ability to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.

This role provides you with the unique opportunity to being central to the delivery of the Secretary of State’s priorities by being a member of the Ministry of Justice Project Delivery Function.  The MoJ Project Delivery Function sees the centralisation and coordination of all project delivery within the Ministry.  By joining the MoJ Project Delivery Function, you will be able to access professional development opportunities including an enhanced and tailored development plan, access world leading guidance, tools and support across and access to the unique Government Project Delivery Professional Network, not to mention your participation in some of the Countries most ambitious projects. 

As PMO/ Project Support Officer,you will be central to the delivery of the Secretary of State’s priorities. This role will provide you with an interesting and supported introduction to and application of project procedures, tools and techniques and you will assist in maintaining the standards for project management within your team. You will be responsible for a diverse range of activities to support the delivery of the project’s objectives. You will be expected to assist with effective communication between project management and the business, to maintain central project records and produce regular management reports.

As PMO/Project Support Officer you will enable the smooth running of the project by supporting the Project Manager/Head of PMO with admin including secretariat duties, minute taking, project board support and the co-ordination of business management actions and activities on their behalf. Successful candidates are expected to commit to the role for a minimum of 18 months.

MoJ expects its employees to show openness, honesty and commitment, and, of course, to deliver results.

Key responsibilities of the role

  • Planning and scheduling – Ensure systems are in place to enable effective planning and scheduling.
  • Monitoring and reporting – Manage project controls, reporting to the Project Manager/Head of PMO about the project status. Develop project performance reports.
  • Admin – Ensure organisational tasks are carried out efficiently. Support with secretariat duties including minute taking and project board support. Manage compliance of the project with Departmental Security, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Business Continuity and Business Planning.
  • Resources – Manage workforce planning, providing information for effective decision making. Procurement of supplies and services related to project support within Delegated Financial Authority limits.
  • Stakeholder – Manage and engage with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Drafting of correspondence.
  • Financial control – Manage project spend and contribute to the compilation of budgets. Contribute to the project business case.
  • Risks and Issues – Lead potential risk areas, working with risk manager and escalating as appropriate.
  • Experience of successfully supporting projects and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver results within fixed timeframes with limited resource. 
  • Experience of organising teams, establishing processes and working to deadlines. 
  • Able to use Microsoft Office tools.

Location & Terms of appointment

This post is advertised nationally but frequent travel will be required once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Base office locations will be discussed if successful.

Below are our current MoJ HQ’s:

Leeds HQ – 5 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP.

London HQ – 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, E14 4PU – Please note inner London candidates will be contracted to 10 South Colonnade HQ but may be required to travel to locations where our Major Projects are based.

Salary & Grade

Band C – HEO

New entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join on the minimum of the pay range and this is non-negotiable.

Existing Civil Servants will have their salary calculated in accordance with the Department’s pay on transfer / pay on promotion rules.

Selection and Recruitment Process

Where high volumes of applications are received the initial sift will be completed against the lead competency. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competencies will then be considered. Feedback is not available for those not invited to interview.

Merit List of successful candidates based on location will be retained after this campaign for 12 months.

Application Process

You will be required to complete an application form providing evidence of how you meet the Project Delivery Competencies as per the Project Delivery Capability Framework.

Details on the PDCF can be found on the Infrastructure and Projects Authority pages

Successful candidates will then be invited for interview and the interviews will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams, until current guidance for COVID 19 restrictions change.

The interview will consist of Project Delivery competency and strength-based questions in line with success profiles.

In-tray Exercise

Candidates will also be asked to complete an In-tray Exercise one hour prior to the interview commencing.  Instructions will be sent to candidates directly before to their interview date. This is used to test a candidate’s admin responsibilities and planning tools. This will be one of the key responsibilities of the role alongside technical knowledge of project delivery.

Additional Information

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 GOV.UK or 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

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

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.

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.

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.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

The pay structure is being consulted upon and therefore the pay advertised/offered may change depending on the outcome of the consultation.  If you have any concerns, please check what the situation is before accepting any offer. 

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.

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.