83649 - Leadership, Talent and Capability Consultant

The national salary range is £39,868 - £43,535, London salary range is £45,824 - £50,039. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
Please note: Some of our MoJ Office locations, such as our Liverpool Justice Collaboration Centre, require higher levels of National Security Vetting. The MoJ is working to open more Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices over time. Click here to learn more about where our currently open Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices are, to identify where you may be based and understand National Security Vetting requirements of each location.
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working
Human Resources

Role purpose and summary:

Depending on the team, your role will be to assist the Heads of Leadership, Talent and Capability and the Leadership, Talent and Capability Leads in translating the Leadership / Talent / Capability Strategy into a plan that is delivered effectively to ensure that the MoJ is a department where leaders inspire; talent is nurtured; diversity is celebrated; and everyone is enabled to be their best.

This includes:

  • Shaping and influencing the strategic direction for leadership, talent and capability through the delivery of high quality, high impact programmes, interventions, events and assessments. With the aim to develop all staff regardless of grade, share best practice and learn from others.
  • Championing people development to inspire and empower every individual to fulfil their potential across the MoJ family.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate programmes, interventions and events that aim to develop everyone across the MoJ family.
  • Working collaboratively with Design and Delivery and Enablement and Evaluation colleagues to deliver the end-to-end project management which will require utilising learner engagement and evaluation expertise from across the team – this role will involve leading with strategic insight and being able to communicate with clarity.
  • Effective collaboration and engagement with a range of stakeholders including working with other Government departments and agencies as appropriate to support civil service alignment of leadership / talent / capability activities.
  • Striving for excellence in a dynamic and creative way, open to working in a collaborative, iterative way that gets the best from the team whilst working at pace.

Impact role has on organisation:

The Leadership, Talent and Capability Consultant role is a key role that translates the Leadership / Talent / Capability plan into deliverables - co-ordinating programmes, interventions and events to support the development of skills and practices, strengthen individual and organisational capability and support continuous improvement and growth across the MoJ family and its 80,000 members of staff.

In our organisation: 

  • Leadership is a responsibility we all have regardless of grade. It is a transferable skill set that is developed through strategic interventions based on evidence and research. Leadership is an area we invest in and value and we aim to develop self-sufficient, motivated leaders who inspire.
  • Talent is recognising skills and expertise in individuals, even when they don’t see it in themselves. The development of a healthy pipeline of future talent that will service our business needs. The creation of an environment where talent is consistently, fairly and frequently talked about.
  • Capability is ensuring we are operating an effective justice system and that our people have the right skills to perform their jobs. Recognising our strengths and opportunities and investing in priority areas. Opening opportunities to extend skills, for example through access to apprenticeships, qualifications and online learning.

Key Accountabilities, responsibilities, and deliverables:


  • Provide expertise, specialist capability analysis and support to senior leaders, managers and stakeholders in order to identify appropriate learning and development products and solutions for all leadership, talent and capability needs that are timely and make best use of resources.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate valid proposals that are accepted and align to the Leadership / Talent / Capability strategies. Clearly present robust recommendations and advice to leaders and colleagues at all levels with confidence and conviction surrounding leadership / talent / capability. This includes identifying improvements and managing a quality service to time, cost and quality.
  • Building and maintaining successful stakeholder relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels and across boundaries, through consistent, honest and open dialogue. Including supporting decision making, managing stakeholder / customer expectations, and persuading and influencing others who are likely to prefer alternative options or approaches. This will support civil service alignment of leadership / talent / capability activities.
  • Recognising and understanding individual organisational cultures across the MoJ family and how these impact on leadership / talent / capability agendas.
  • Take an active role in driving the leadership / talent / capability agenda to embed a learning culture that is underpinned by our organisational MoJ values through numerous initiatives such as the various leadership / talent / capability programmes, interventions, qualifications and events, to support organisational development and cultural change. This will also involve enhancing skills, development of talent and capability across the MoJ via a provision of support including tool kits, Leadership Codebreakers, bespoke workshops, coaching, mentoring, and interventions at individual and national level.
  • Identify and clarify requirements including understanding priorities, develop options and create frameworks to deliver outcomes whilst understanding the optimal approach. This will involve exercising discretion in managing particular areas of work, responding to changing requirements and managing performance to ensure quality outcomes are delivered on time.


  • Lead virtual teams to co-ordinate wide reaching, innovative, impactful and engaging programmes, interventions, events aligned to the Leadership, Talent and Capability strategies that are responsive to the needs of business areas and individual across the MoJ. This will also involve continually reviewing and improving our offer in line with evaluation recommendations and ever-changing business needs.


  • Generate new ideas, evaluate options, impacts, risks and identify potential solutions. You will be expected to take independent action and exercise judgement and discretion in interpreting requirements.
  • Appreciate the diverse needs of our customer base, delivering specific programmes and interventions that meet the needs of under-represented groups in line with MoJ wide strategies, ensuring diversity and inclusion is explicitly and proactively promoted and supported in all work.


  • Building mutual understanding and achieving co-operation. This includes ensuring delivery is on track across your work, reconciling different priorities, resolving issues and understanding underlying causes before providing solutions and promoting productivity.
  • Pro-actively lead and deliver several projects at a time by building links with other teams, encouraging cross-team working and supporting and energising teams to deliver outcomes.


  • Research best practice and latest thinking, utilise stakeholder feedback and lessons learnt to continuously improve, pursue excellence and credibility to support and develop everyone across the MoJ.
  • Review existing capability, identifying strengths, risks and gaps and addressing development needs in the designing of necessary interventions to drive business performance at individual and organisational levels.
  • Support the Leadership / Talent / Capability Leads to provide value for money services that are conscious of the public purse and optimise funds – seeking to address, cultivate and curate local initiatives where possible. This could include day-to-day oversight of delegated budgets for projects and discrete areas of work, providing clear audit trail where needed and reporting to the budget holder.
  • Working alongside MoJ Commercial experts, you will need to have a level of understanding of commercial processes, risk and supplier management in order to support the Leadership / Talent / Capability Leads with the identification and selection of appropriate leadership / talent / capability interventions via an external supplier through a competitive tender process.


  • Support collaborative working across functional and organisational boundaries, manage inter-relationships with a focus on planning and balancing workloads. Regularly seek out opportunities to provide more responsive services. This will include specifying standards for service delivery; identifying improvements in service delivery mechanisms; resolving conflicts to meet targets (where applicable) and deadlines; managing and mitigating risks and ensuring work is integrated and co-ordinated in line with plans.

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 undertake additional tasks commensurate with their grade.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience incl. qualifications


Involved in the development and delivery of robust and measurable organisation wide strategies / plans / programmes that deliver impact and positive change.

Track record of building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships.

Experience of leading virtual teams and projects.

Experience of working on your own initiative, delivering through others and ensuring that leadership / talent / capability leads are kept informed of risks and issues.

Experience of working in a flexible, agile environment and ability to plan ahead to ensure that the portfolio is developed to meet changing operating requirements.

Ability to manage contracts.

Skills:  teamwork and collaboration; leadership, professionalism and strong work ethic

Excellent drafting, presentation, oral and written communication skills

High degree of autonomy


Experience of planning, organising and utilising project methodology to deliver positive outcomes.

Proven track record in a leadership / talent / capability development role either in the Civil Service or in a large private sector organisation.

Experience of navigating often complex political landscapes, recognising issues even when they may be under the surface, exposing and resolving tensions, and sharing best practice and learning.

We may consider any evidence within the application form that demonstrates meeting the desirable criteria as set out in the job description. This will only be after essential criteria is scored and where there is a need to differentiate between closely scored candidates. We are unable to provide feedback to those candidates who are unsuccessful at the sifting stage.

Success Profiles:


  • Communicating and influencing (lead behaviour)
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at pace
  • Working together
  • Changing and improving

Application process


You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework.

Behaviours - Please provide examples of how you have met each of the behaviours below:

  • Communicating and influencing (lead behaviour)
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Working Together

Experience - Please write a statement of suitability outlining your knowledge, skills and experience in relation to the essential criteria listed in the job description.

If the number of applications exceeds expectations, an initial sift will be undertaken using the lead behaviour of Communicating and Influencing.

Candidates invited to Interview:

Please note that interviews will be held remotely.

During the interview we will be asking you questions on your experience of the below points and Strengths from the Success Profiles framework. You will also deliver a presentation (details will be provided to candidates invited to interview).

  • Involvement in the development and delivery of robust and measurable organisation wide strategies / plans / programmes that deliver impact and positive change.
  • Track record of building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience of leading virtual teams and projects (not necessarily with line management responsibilities).
  • Ability to manage contracts.

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.

MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

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 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

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.

Expected from March 2024

13/02/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 83649.

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

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Leadership - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Statement of Suitability - 750 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing, may be held if a large number of applications are received. If a large number of applications remain after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered.

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Involved in the development and delivery of robust and measurable organisation wide strategies / plans / programmes that deliver impact and positive change.
Track record of building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships.
Experience of leading virtual teams and projects (not necessarily with line management responsibilities).
Ability to manage contracts.
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
Additional Assessment(s)

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.