32360 - Principal Occupational Psychologist

£43,958 - £63,500 salary dependent on location
12 Months
Grade 7
Grade 7
Fixed Term , Loan
for a period of up to 12 months
Full Time


Provide a pro-active and advisory/consultancy service to clients that meets business needs, is compliant with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles and Occupational Psychology professional standards, and enables clients to recruit the best talent in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Contribute to the development and delivery of psychological research and consultancy to MOJ Resourcing Group strategic, operational and tactical resourcing activities.

Provide advice covering all aspects of occupational psychology related to recruitment, selection and assessment across MOJ Group.


  • Line management and supervision of practitioner psychologists. Facilitate and supervise the professional development and practice of psychologist practitioners and trainees.
  • Conduct problem analysis and determine all the client requirements and issues to be addressed. Liaise directly with clients, keeping them informed in a timely manner.
  • Define the client problems to be addressed, develop solutions in collaboration with clients, and communicate proposed solutions and their benefits.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate employee selection procedures, including psychometric tests, assessment centre exercises and structured interviews.
  • Carry out complex statistical analysis and interrogation of data to quality assure assessment outcomes to ensure they are consistent, reliable, valid, free from adverse impact and legally defensible.
  • Clearly contract services with clients to ensure that there is understanding of how psychological services will meet their needs.
  • Highlight problems that clients are unaware of and identify and implement innovative and cost effective occupational psychology based solutions to meet client needs.
  • Provide theoretically-founded or evidence-based advice and guidance to clients on how psychological interventions can support their requirements.
  • Promote the use of psychological best practice through the dissemination of research and evidence-based practice across the profession and wider Civil Service.
  • Liaise closely with the wider MoJ Resourcing Team, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to meet client needs and deliver projects to required timescales.
  • Oversee the design and application of psychological interventions, research and evaluation within their area of expertise.
  • Support wider MoJ People Group to provide Occupational Psychology guidance and/or research as required.

Required Experience

  • Leading end-to-end projects within the consultancy cycle.
  • Consulting with a wide-range of clients in a client-centred and collaborative manner, to diagnose issues and successfully implement strategies for change.
  • Conducting recruitment and assessment process audits, including making recommendations for change.
  • Conducting job analysis and complex competency framework/Success Profile design, including organisation-wide frameworks, or frameworks across multiple levels.
  • Conducting behavioural assessments and interviews at all levels, including volume recruitment, management assessment, and one-to-one senior leadership/executive assessment and development.
  • Designing and evaluating a wide range of assessment solutions, including interviews, assessment centre exercises, and online assessments, at all levels from volume recruitment/junior roles to senior leadership/executive assessment.
  • Using psychometric tools for recruitment, including the use of ability tests and personality questionnaires.


  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service                                          
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Other Abilities

High level of verbal and written communication ability

Technical/Qualification Requirements

  • Registered Occupational Psychologist with HCPC
  • Chartered Membership with BPS (CPsychol)
  • Test User: Occupational, Ability (or Level A equivalent)
  • Test User: Occupational, Personality (or Level B equivalent)
  • Good understanding of recruitment legislation and Occupational Psychology Best Practice and its potential impact on resourcing plans/strategies
  • Good knowledge of statistics and competent in using SPSS

Please note that applications will only be reviewed by those who have completed their Qualification in Occuapational Psychology (Stage 2) or who are in the final process of completion.

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:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. 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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • 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 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 equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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.  

Interviews are scheduled to take place 12th March and are likely to be held in either Nottingham or East Croydon. Please note this is advisory and may change.

27/02/2020, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 32360.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance