24968 - Partnerships and Contracts Lead

£35,024 - £40,216 pro rata
12 Months
Birmingham , London
NPS Pay Band 5 National
Part Time
Procurement and Contracts Management

This post is for 30 hours per week

Overview of the job

The Partnership & Contract Lead is responsible for the development of the systems capability to build senior stakeholder relationships between the NPS, CRCs and other partnerships.

NPS has a diverse range of programme and policy areas, most of which are delivered with other partners   – this diversity can make it challenging for us to co-ordinate our activities and to avoid confusion. The job holder will not ‘control’ NPS partnership and stakeholder activities, but will act as adviser to Deputy Directors and their Divisions, helping them to target their input and find the best routes through.

The role is also responsible for delivering business change partner support to NPS Divisions and Deputy Directors at a regional level as directed by the Head of Contracts and Partnerships


The Contracts and Partnership team will be responsible for ensuring the NPS works as effectively as possible with CRCs and other delivery /contracted partners. The roles will include identifying and coordinating delivery to improve effectiveness of operations. In Wales these roles will go further than Probation – they will also include Prison / Probation integration.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

Partnerships & stakeholder development

  • Provide key strategic insight, to enable ministerial briefing, on effecting change and engaging key stakeholders
  • Lead NPS’ work on developing a professional approach to managing contracts , networks and key stakeholders in order to provide a key delivery mechanism for the NPS and its relationships with Partners
  • Take an authorship and commissioning role to establishing new and effective partnerships for the NPS
  • Develop a relationship management approach for the NPS, in line with NOMS approaches
  • Experiment with new relationship management ideas and processes across the NPS
  • Coordinate other Divisions’ developments related to relationship management
  • Co-ordinate NPS’ input into cross-Whitehall processes and systems.

Implementing associated change management

  • Plan and design the change required to make partnerships with delivery partners as effective as possible
  • Coordinate operational input to HQ projects to improve the interfaces between stakeholders and partners

Use communication effectively

  • Providing information, feedback and advice
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Using appropriate skills, styles and approaches

Enhance own performance

  • Manage own resources and professional development

Use information to take critical decisions

  • Liaise with staff to receive, collate and analyse information, developing systems and compiling reports as necessary
  • Develop and utilise data to identify trends and take appropriate action to maintain and enhance performance
  • Plan, implement and manage systems for the exchange of sensitive information, data and intelligence

Manage Diversity and Quality

  • Contribute to a culture and systems that promote equality and value diversity
  • Implement the diversity policies of the service and collaborate effectively with the Equalities and Diversity Unit

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 alternations 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.


The following competencies from the Civil Service Competency Framework will be used for selection purposes:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Managing a quality service
  • Leading and communicating
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering value for money
  • Changing and improving



NVQ Level 4 or equivalent in a relevant subject (or appropriate practical experience)



Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint



Demonstrate experience of stakeholder management, demonstrate experience of implementing successful change projects, operational experience of working in a Probation setting


Demonstrate experience of determining the effective use of resources, demonstrate experience of effective communications, and demonstrate experience of making successful critical decisions

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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


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. 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 National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk 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.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • 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.


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

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.

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.

Expected 8 May 2019

03/04/2019, 23:55 hours.

Closing Date: 3 April at 23:55 hours

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk. Please quote the job reference - 24968.  For futher information on the role please contact valerie.watkin@justice.gov.uk

Candidate Information

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In the event of a large number of applications, we reserve the right to undertake the following processes:

  • An automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress;
  • A sift on the lead selection criteria. If this happens, the lead criteria will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the selection process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment (such as written test). If this is applicable you will be notified of this when you are invited to interview.

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@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance
Collaborating and Partnering
Managing a Quality Service
Leading and Communicating
Seeing the Big Picture
Changing and Improving
Delivering Value for Money

This Vacancy is closed to applications.