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Business Management & Improvement

Senior Project Manager – North East – 67321
£41,840 – £49,996
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:

Overview of the job       

You will work to the Head of Business Strategy and Change (BSC), as part of a multi-disciplinary team incorporating functional specialists and Programme Regional Implementation Leads. Supporting the development and stabilisation of the

Target Operating Model TOM of the new Probation Service within the newly created regions.

Provide management and leadership within the Probation Service (PS) Probation Reform and Recovery Programme.

Working with PRP and Workforce programmes, incorporate understanding of post Covid recovery impact on delivering ongoing change, working to TOM implementation

Representing the Region with external agencies/stakeholders and staff.


The job holder will be required to represent the interests of PS in this project/Programme and in doing so will be involved in activities including workforce strategy and planning, ICT, estates and facilities management, bringing a good understanding of the PS Region to all project activities.

You will have excellent project management skills an ability to work collaboratively with others with a focus on delivery and finding pragmatic solutions to solve problems as this essential by way of the demands of the role moving forward.

The role will involve providing formal reports to working with PRP and Workforce programmes, incorporate understanding of post Covid recovery impact on delivering ongoing change, working to TOM implementation

local governance structures, delivery of multimedia presentations to both internal and external audiences, facilitation of focus groups involving staff, People on Probation (PoP) and stakeholders and work collaboratively with our partners in achieving stabilisation of the new unified model.

The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.

As a Senior Project Manager this is a senior role within each of the geographical Regions with the post being able to carry project/programme work, whilst carrying out senior management responsibilities and tasks associated within the Region.

Adding the required flexibility inherent in working within Business Strategy and Change

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties     

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Regional lead on caseload issues.
  • Operational support to the Head of PDU if operating on the on-call rota within relevant Probation Instruction criteria and rules such as Recall, High Risk of Serious Harm Case Transfers, etc.
  • Ensure effective Regional staff transfer and induction arrangements are in place
  • Act as BSC lead for performance & quality in the programme and audits and inspections concerning the programme
  • Participate in the Regional governance structures along with other strategic partners
  • Senior Management responsibility for planning of estates, buildings and maintenance and stabilisation activities within the Region
  • Take the lead on specific Regional or cluster projects/portfolios including Equality and Diversity, Reward and Recognition, etc. completing reviews and delivery of action plans and ensuring compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.


  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together



  • Experience of monitoring performance in area of responsibility against predetermined targets, setting local targets and effecting necessary improvements
  • Experience of budgetary control to support local operational requirements, participating in commissioning and procurement processes or contract management
  • Experience of effective planning and deployment of available resources and staff to meet operational demands
  • Experience of working with key local agencies and stakeholders to develop strong relationships
  • Experience of Health and Safety and Equalities management
  • Knowledge of the wider criminal justice system


  • Experience of conducting employee relations investigations (e.g. disciplinary, capability, grievance etc)
  • Experience of leading the development and implementation of new and innovative ways of working to improve service delivery and policy
  • Experience of contributing to the development of strategic business plans to achieve improved service delivery
  • Manage people and projects (applying project management techniques) to implement significant change/practice improvements.
  • Experience of delivering presentations to multi-agency audiences and large groups

Technical Requirements

Probation Qualification Framework Graduate Diploma/ Honours Degree in Community Justice integrated with Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice. Or, a qualification which was recognised at the time of qualification by the Secretary of State for Justice as per Section 10 of the Offender Management Act 2007.

The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:

  • Diploma in Probation Studies,
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)

CQSW (with Probation Option.)

or equivalent (Level 5) leadership or management qualification


  • Able to demonstrate well developed IT skills, including evidence of ability to interpret and apply performance reports
  • Evidence of ability to evaluate practice and provide a practice perspective on policy development



£41,840 - £49,996

Additional Information

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. 

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 


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, plus public holidays. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis


The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.


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.


Staff on fixed term appointments must have been recruited through fair and open competition.

All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post


  • 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: