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Human Resources

Surge / Rapid Response Project Leader – 47704
£30,989 - £47,591


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:


This position is based nationally

Job description

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 Ministry of Justice is a major government department at the heart of the justice system. We deliver some of the most fundamental public services including courts, tribunals, prisons, legal services, youth justice, probation services, and attendance centres.

The organisation works together with other government departments and agencies to bring the principles of justice to life for everyone in society. From our civil courts, tribunals and family law hearings, to criminal justice, prison and probation services, we work to ensure that sentences are served, and offenders are encouraged to turn their lives around and become law-abiding citizens. We believe the principles of justice are pivotal and we are steadfast in our shared commitment to uphold them.

Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

Our 4 strategic priorities to deliver our vision are:

• A prison and probation service that reforms offenders.
• A modern courts and justice system.
• A Global Britain that promotes the rule of law.
• A transformed department that is simpler, smarter and more unified.

For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit:

The People Group within the Ministry of Justice

The people who work for the Ministry of Justice are responsible for its success; and the role of the Ministry of Justice People Group is to support the organisation by enabling our people to be the best that they can be.

We operate as a cluster of HR services working seamlessly to provide expert support, advice and delivery throughout the employee lifecycle. From the time people join the organisation, to the point at which they leave, we strive to make a positive contribution to their work experience. We want everyone who works for the Ministry of Justice to feel confident in their skills, ambitious for the future and fulfilled by their work and relationships with their colleagues.

This role sits in the Change Delivery Directorate within People Group (the surge pool sits under the Divisional Director for MoJ HQ HRBPs, Workplace Adjustment team and the High Profile and Complex Case team) which provides specialist communications and engagement advice and interventions to support the wider organisation to improve and transform its services. 


MOJ People Group have set up the Surge Team to work on priority projects – injecting specialist support, and delivery focus into planned peaks of activity or unexpected crisis situations. The Team is deployed to short-term projects across Human Resources working on a range of varied projects/activities of work.

We are looking for a dynamic individual who can work at pace, delivering impact and contributing to the success of the Surge Team.  The SEO leader will be deployed across priority projects across Human Resources as well as holding a core set of team management responsibilities.

The team will be based nationally responding to priority project in all locations. This is an exciting and varied role that will provide individuals with the ability to influence and deliver key priorities for MOJ.


As part of the Surge, you will be deployed to work on projects across the MOJ People Group for up to 3 months at a time. The projects that the Team work on range from Recruitment, Business Partnering, HR Operations, Pay & Reward, Talent & Capability, Learning & Development, Finance and Programme Management. You will be deployed onto key priority projects to help deliver the department’s objectives.

This is a fast-paced, challenging, role that requires a highly proactive approach to the work and provides the job holder with a high level of autonomy.

Key to the role is the need to be a credible HR professional with the ability to establish quality relationships with key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and HR knowledge to support the business. You will need to be a well organised, with a good knowledge of HR and proven analytical skills, professional and confident with the ability to prioritise a busy workload with conflicting priorities. As a representative of the People Group, excellent communications skills and the ability to remain calm and reliable under pressure and challenge are also essential.

If you are already experienced in working in HR or are new to HR and want the opportunity to develop yourself further within the field, this is a great opportunity. 

Essential Criteria:

  • A candidate who is proactive, responsive, adaptable, and comfortable working with changing priorities, situations, and deadlines at pace.
  • Leaders from all walks of life, who will build a diverse and inclusive team – empowering colleagues to deliver and perform at pace and under pressure. We want to hear from people who are diverse in thought, ethnicity, and background.
  • Individuals with a broad range of skills to contribute and be part of a high performing team.
  • Solutions-focused people with a focus on problem solving and delivery – with strong analytical and stakeholder management skills.
  • Individuals who can establish and build relationships quickly in diverse policy/delivery contexts – delivering across team and organisational boundaries to deliver the department’s priorities.
  • Excellent communicators with the ability to shift stubborn views, ‘find ways through’, and clearly and concisely articulate highly complex issues.
  • Resilient and motivated individuals, who can take setbacks in their stride, set direction, and motivate those around them.
  • Someone to help build capability with their team and across organisational boundaries in order to build a strong knowledge base for the future. Working with business areas to support them in implementing people-related change in a way which supports their business objectives and broader MoJ aims.
  • Working collaboratively with HR colleagues across the Chief People Officer Group, MoJ and the Civil Service to build the one-HR strategy and approach, ensuring effective, seamless delivery of HR services, whilst promoting professional and MOJ values.
  • You must have experience of confidently, concisely and effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (at all levels)
  • Highly credible HR professional with a strong client focus. 

It is desirable that you have:

  • CIPD qualified or the willingness to study (there is the opportunity to undertake an
  • Apprenticeship with this role). 

Application stage

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete information on your work history, a personal statement (Statement of Suitability) as well as 250 words max on the behaviour being assessed.

Further details around what this will entail are listed below and on the application form:

• Behaviour – Delivering at Pace (250 words max)
• Work history
• Statement of Suitability on how you meet the essential criteria set out in the job advert (1000 words max)

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, ‘Delivery at Pace.

Candidates who pass the initial sift will be progressed to a full sift against all the elements listed above.

The sift will commence week commencing – To be confirmed.

Interview stage

We’ll assess you against the behaviours below during the interview process as well as strengths (not shared in advance):

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working together
  • Making effective decisions
  • Communicating & Influencing 

Candidates successful at sift will be invited to attend a video interview utilising Microsoft Teams. Further details and instructions will be provided closer to the scheduled interview which is expected to take place week commencing – To be confirmed.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

Additional Information

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:

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.


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.


  • 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.


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.

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.

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.  

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: