25004 - Court and Tribunal Estate Strategy Lead

£30,531 - £46,888 (dependant on base location)
12 Months
Fixed Term
For a period of up to 2 years
Full Time
Estates, Programme and Project Management

The courts and tribunals in England and Wales have been allocated unprecedented funding of almost £1 billlion. This will enable HM Courts & Tribunals Service, working in partnership with the judiciary, to create a system that is proportionate and accessible and that better meets the needs of the people it serves. This is the most ambitious programme of its kind anywhere in the world.

One of the key pillars of the modernisation of the court and tribunal system is reform of the court and tribunal building estate. The estate has already reduced in size in recent years from close to 450 buildings to 350, based on opportunities to release spare capacity and consolidate into fewer sites. As our services are modernised, we expect to need fewer court and tribunal buildings and we will be further rationalising our estate over the next five years, alongside a number of projects to upgrade services for the benefit of the public who use them. The current building estate is diverse with many of our court and tribunal buildings not in a good condition. There are also many heritage sites, or other unique buildings, which present a challenge to maintain and bring into the 21st Century. The rationalisation of our estate will therefore happen alongside our thinking about how to improve the buildings that we retain in the long term, ensuring they are fit for purpose in a reformed system, and can be sustainably maintained.

In this role you will be at the forefront of leading and implementing change in our world-leading justice system. The programme is ambitious and we need resilient, resourceful and adaptable people to make it happen.

Role responsibilities include:

  • Iteratively updating the HMCTS hearing estate strategy, setting out how we will respond to the wider changes in the system
  • Updating, managing and presenting data related to the estate and the property reform strategy.
  • Working with analysts on the evaluation of the properties in the estate to provide the evidence base which underpins the strategy.
  • Working with operational business stakeholders to update the strategy, and updating other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Producing papers for Boards and senior management on the estates strategy, taking proposals through governance.
  • Programme planning.
  • Effectively communicate with project teams and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.

You will work closely with:

  • HMCTS and Ministry of Justice staff.
  • Project and programme senior responsible owners.
  • Project and programme managers and the wider change team.
  • Customer and supplier representatives.
  • Stakeholders in the justice system.

Essential Criteria

  • Experience in managing and presenting data and/or working closely with analytical teams to deliver evidence-based strategy.
  • Experience in drafting for boards, ministers, or external uses
  • Strong communication skills and experience dealing with external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to drive through significant change whilst maintaining strong client and internal relationships
  • Proven ability to perform consistently to tight timescales with a high degree of visibility

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in roles related to the estate strategy or property change
  • 5+ years’ direct work experience in a project management capacity

Other duties

The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.


Whilst completing your application, you will be asked to complete an “Overall Statement of Suitability” which you should attach to your CV. Here, you will need to demonstrate (in a maximum of 750 words) that you have the experience required in delivering high profile projects, ideally within a Programme environment, that you can thrive in an environment that is changing constantly, that you can deal with uncertainty and that you are committed to developing services that are based on the needs of the end recipient of the service provided as well as the needs of those who administer the services provided. We are also looking for specific experience in relation to the ‘Essential Criteria’.

Fixed Term Appointment

This appointment will be made on a fixed term basis, due to the time limited nature of the Reform Programme.

For existing civil servants, whilst the role itself is time limited, at the end of the fixed term period, you will retain your permanent status but will be placed on the re-deployment register.

Secondments and loans will be considered on an individual basis.

Flexible working options

HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices.

Job Sharing and Reduced Hours

All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and on a case by case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy.

Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances

This job is not eligible for relocation allowances but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJ’s excess fares allowance policy.

Whilst completing your application, you will be asked to complete an “Overall Statement of Suitability” which you should attach to your CV.

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 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 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.

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.

Interviews are expected to be held in early May.

01/04/2019, 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@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference - 25004.

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.

Candidate Information

You may be required to provide statements describing your skills and experience relevant to each of the selection criteria. We recommend that you structure any examples as Situation, Task, Action and Result. For more information about the recruitment process and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

Link: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/candidate/cms/About%20the%20MOJ

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
Other competency/Experience

This Vacancy is closed to applications.