43369 - MoJ Property Directorate - Resource and Circular Economy Officer

£30,989 - £47,591 (Salary will depend on location)
12 Months
Full Time, Flexible Working
Environment & Sustainability, Property

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

Role Overview

The focus of the role will be developing MoJ’s circular economy policy across our prison Property as well as across our commercial or project delivery. We are looking for a keen individual to shape our position based on circular economy principles, ensuring our waste management policy is as innovative, sustainable and forward-thinking as possible. The individual would be responsible for improving our understanding on waste composition across the MoJ Property, improving the use of resources wherever possible and embedding circular economy principles throughout MoJ operations.

If you are inspired by the extensive scope of this role, love working at pace across diverse teams, enjoy using innovations and your initiative to solve complex problems and have brilliant communication and persuasion skills - we want to hear from you.

Team Overview

You will be part of a lively and creative multidisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of key MoJ sustainability priorities. The MoJ intends to be a sustainability leader within Whitehall, and as such, seeks high performing and highly motivated individuals to inspire and deliver meaningful environmental improvements. We work collaboratively across our areas of expertise to deliver positive environmental outcomes across a large range of themes including:

  • Meeting the Greening Government Commitment target (GGC)
  • Energy management & carbon reduction in line with net zero carbon    ambitions
  • Waste management and circular resource models
  • Water efficiency
  • Sustainable construction
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable travel
  • Biodiversity protection and enhancement.

The Sustainability Team is responsible for embedding environmental sustainability across MoJ, its agencies (including prisons, courts and probation centres) and its Arm’s Length Bodies. This includes the department’s policy making, operations, finance, governance, estates and commercial activity. Working in a large and diverse organisation presents the team with huge scope to deliver national scale sustainability leadership.

Directorate Overview

The Sustainability Team sits within the MoJ Property Directorate.  The Property Directorate is a customer focused organisation that exists to enable our customers to perform to their very best.  We do this by providing high quality, easy to use services, and working environments that our customers want to work in, which support them to deliver their individual outputs efficiently.  Our job is to manage one of the most diverse and complex estates in Government – hosted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  As of 2 April 2021, the Prisons Maintenance Group (or PMG) join MoJ Estates Directorate and the team receives a new title, MoJ Property.   This change will align us with our Profession – the Property Profession - and brings together a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation, and MoJ HQ and Arms Length Bodies.  We also provide property services on behalf of the Home Office.

MoJ Property provides specialist services including facilities management, health and safety, fire safety and security, technical design expertise, and sustainability.  We also have business management teams who support the entire Directorate and each of our partners is supported by account management teams.  We are responsible for a great deal - our portfolio consists of properties valued at £8.5bn for the MoJ alone.  We are part of the Government Property Profession (GPP) and through active membership and engagement we will work with the Office of Government Property to develop the maturity of the profession and also encourage our people to join the GPP. We continue to build our capability through training and recruitment, aspiring to be the best that we can be as individuals and as a directorate.

We continue to deliver new ways of working across our portfolio – leading on the scale and pace of activity for central government – proposing ways to achieve, and then providing more dynamic and flexible workspace, while driving down the cost of the estate.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

You will work with colleagues across MoJ on all matters relating to waste management policy and to the circular economy. The tasks will range from providing specialist advice to colleagues, working with Facilities Management teams, identifying innovative solutions to reduce waste to managing and responding to data reporting.

The post holder will:

  • Deliver recommendations of the MoJ Waste and Resource Management Strategy
  • Improve the Sustainability Team’s understanding of waste composition by gathering and interrogating relevant data through prison waste studies.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of circular economy policies across MoJ including identifying and planning for changes to MoJ operations, contracts and prison industries
  • Work closely with our prisoner rehabilitation programmes to introduce the circular economy principles to prison industries.
  • As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on waste, review waste and resource management proposals, making appropriate recommendations for acceptance or rejection, and evaluate success of completed projects and report on savings achieved.
  • Work closely with Facilities Management teams to identify measures including no cost and low-cost water saving opportunities, often through data analysis.
  • Provide technical advice and support to colleagues across MoJ on legislation, policy and procurement relating to waste management
  • Liaise with other Government departments on waste, the circular economy and related-environmental issues.

We operate in a fast paced and complex environment, so you must be flexible and resilient. A big part of what we do is delivered through others, so you will need to be enabling and inspiring to bring others on board with our vision

Skills and Experience

Essential skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in the fields of engineering, construction, estates or sustainability.
  • Good understanding of environmental legislation and standards.
  • Experience and knowledge of leading, developing and implementing utility reductions and/or other sustainability management programmes
  • Experience of creating enthusiasm and commitment within an organisation for sustainability management programmes.
  • Ability to research, interpret and summarise complex information in a way that is relevant and easily understood both orally and in writing.
  • Proven track record in solving problems by analysing complex information, probing to develop alternatives and proposing sound and timely decisions.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, make decisions, work under pressure and deliver within tight deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to persuade and empower others to deliver sustainable solutions
  • Experience of working effectively through others to achieve goals. 

Highly Desirable:

Membership of the Government Property Profession or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Government Property Profession (GPP) Technical Skills

The GPP Framework is aimed at staff working in property or property-related roles and consider property to be their career anchor profession. This usually encompasses posts where professional qualifications and experience are directly relevant to the work being undertaken. However, it is also applicable to those who are currently not qualified property practitioners but wish to make this their profession of choice. Those with a property background at any level are encouraged to register with the GPP, which exists to support property practitioners at all levels.  Details of the GPP Framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-property-profession-competency-framework.

This role falls under Technical Specialisms & Assurance – Environmental Sustainability: Senior Practitioner and some or all of the following Technical Skills will be tested during the selection process:

  • Sustainability – Level 3


We will assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Communicating and influencing

Flexible working hours

The Property Directorate offers a flexible working system in many teams. Requests for reduced hours contracts will be considered in line with business needs.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. We are happy to accommodate any reasonable adjustments you may require during the selection process. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

The Property Directorate offers flexible working subject to local agreement.

This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time, part-time applicants will be considered     under job share arrangements. The unit is supportive of and encourages flexible working and compressed hours candidates will also be considered. Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

The Sustainability Team is based in 102 Petty France in London. The role will involve occasional travel to 102 Petty France, MoJ establishments and supply chain stakeholders throughout England and Wales as necessary.

CTC level National Security Clearance is required for this role. Central Government policy dictates that applicants for National Security Clearance must be a resident in the UK for these minimum periods:

  • CTC - 3 years 
  • SC - 5 years 
  • DV - 10 years

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

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 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.  

To be confirmed

18/06/2021, 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 43369.

Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC)

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

Statement of Suitability - 1000 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Technical Skills
Sustainability Level 3
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.
Additional Assessment(s)

This Vacancy is closed to applications.