64761 - Commissioning Analyst

The national salary range is £25,827 - £27,170, London salary range is £29,664 - £31,200. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Brighton and Hove , Bristol , Cambridge , Cardiff , Jarrow , Leeds , Liverpool , London, Manchester , Nottingham
Fixed Term
Up to 12 Months
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working
Operational Delivery

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.

The Legal Aid Agency

We are an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). We provide civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Wales to help people deal with their legal problems. 

Our people are at the heart of achieving excellence. Employing around 1,200 colleagues across England and Wales, we feel proud to have some of the best People Survey results in the Civil Service.

Our LAA commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The LAA is committed to diversity and inclusion and we positively promote flexible working, including job shares.

We will consider all applications on merit regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, ethnicity, preferred working pattern and except for exceptional circumstances your working location.

As a Disability Confident organisation, we will offer a guaranteed interview to candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role. Under the Equality Act 2010 a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months.

If you are responding to a role within the Legal Aid Agency and would like to be considered under the guaranteed interview, please ensure that you attach the Disability Confident Scheme Form when you return your application. You can use the same form to let the recruiting manager know of any reasonable adjustments you may require during the sift or later selection processes.

Commissioning and Service Development

The Commissioning and Service Development Directorate designs, develops and tenders new contracts with firms of solicitors to ensure the provision of legal aid services for the public. These services range from duty solicitors at police stations to special education needs and debt.

Central Commissioning

Join Central Commissioning and help us to put dynamic data at the fingertips of those who need it. We ensure legal advice, funded through legal aid, is available for the public. The work is hugely important in making sure there are enough qualified and experienced legal professionals to help our citizens with their legal problems. We develop the tender process for what is to be commissioned, and then a procurement process is undertaken. Following implementation of the contracts, the team monitors the availability and capacity of legal aid services.

This role supports the development and delivery of all stages of the commissioning cycle. This includes supporting each tender process Central Commissioning undertakes, including the provision of analysis to support the development of tender approach, analysis during the tender and the evaluation of the outcome at its conclusion.

Team members are based in several locations including our head office in London. We offer flexible working options including working from home or other suitable environments additional to the office. The postholder may be based in any Legal Aid Agency office though travel to other sites is required.

Job Summary

The principal activities will be to analyse the need for legal services in Civil & Criminal categories of law to inform the LAA’s decisions as to what level of capacity is to be procured following through the interpretation and manipulation of complex datasets. This role will also provide support and strategic management information during the verification and implementation of the tender process and presenting the key information in a format that is readily understood by the Senior Management Team. On completion of each tender, to evidence that the required capacity for the delivery of Legal Aid services is in place and to review collate data to inform regular reviews of access and capacity through the duration of the contract.  There will be a requirement to produce ad hoc reports as and when needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Continuously improve the existing use of data to improve service through embracing innovation and best practice.
  • Working collaboratively across Central Commissioning to support other teams where required.
  • Analyse tender outcomes to assess availability and capacity of legal aid services
  • Undertake quality checks and support wider team to deliver a quality service
  • Manage databases adhering to Data Protection standards
  • Develop functionality in Excel to support tender processes.
  • Support the Commissioning Analyst Manager where needed (such as providing guidance, contributing to strategic decision making, etc)
  • Maintaining standard operating procedures
  • Support the tender process and the provision of analytical and statistical input during the tender cycle
  • Create rotas and schedules for the provision of legal service across the country
  • Follow guidance and Legal Aid Contract terms to ensure applications have been submitted and processed correctly

Essential Knowledge, Experience and skills

  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Good Microsoft Excel skills
  • Effective analytical and numerical skills.
  • Knowledge of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Experience with Structured Query Language (SQL) (interpreting and editing as needed)
  • Ability to present complex information in an easily understandable format.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access

Desirable Knowledge, Experience and skills

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with Microsoft Access
  • Interpreting and debugging VBA code, or experience with equivalent coding language (Python, RStudio etc)

Person Specification

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proactive in seeking better ways of working and innovation
  • Takes pride in creating products that are accurate, easy to understand and on time
  • Flexibility and ability to remain calm under pressure, and in the face of ever-changing priorities.

Assessment approach

Application Process

To apply please provide a statement of suitability showing how you demonstrate the following behaviours in no more than 500 words.

Your statement should demonstrate your ability to do all the essential criteria listed, using examples can help strengthen your application.

To apply complete an application based of the following behaviours:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a quality service
  • Changing and improving
  • Working together

When submitting an example of a behaviour remember to include the situation, what you did and why, and what was the outcome / result.

Please note that if we have a large number of applications will we do an initial sift on the Managing a quality service behaviour.

Interview / assessment Process

If you are successful through the application stage, you will be invited to an interview / assessment centre in person or via Microsoft Teams where you will be assessed against strengths and experience required by the role and the following behaviours:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a quality service
  • Changing and improving
  • Working together

Shortlisting is planned for week commencing 10/10/2022

Interviews are planned for late October.

If you would like more information on this opportunity, please contact – Raeesa.randall@justice.gov.uk

Complaints procedure

If you have any complaints about this recruitment activity, please share your concerns by emailing LAAPeopleTeam@justice.gov.uk initially. We aim to respond to any complaint within 10 working days.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, we will forward your complaint to the Civil Service Commission, an independent body, for review.

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.

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 late October

05/10/2022, 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 - 64761.

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 - 500 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Delivering at Pace
Managing a Quality Service
Changing and Improving
Working Together
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

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 Vacancy is closed to applications.