82722 - Organisation Design and Development 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
London, North West
Leeds , London
5 WELLINGTON PLACE LEEDS, LS1 4AP, London CTS Royal Courts of Justice, WC2A 2LL
Full Time, Flexible Working
Human Resources

Job Title: Organisational Design & Development (OD&D) Consultant

Location: National - Leeds, or London - Royal Courts of Justice

Civil Service Grade: SEO

Salary Minimum: National minimum £39,868 to London maximum: £50,039

Contract Type: Permanent

Job Type(s): Human Resources

Civil Service Profession: Human Resources and Organisation Design & Development

Reporting to Job Title: Head of Organisational Design & Development

Principle Working Contacts

  • HR (HR Business Partners and Centres of Expertise)
  • Judicial Office managers and staff
  • Judicial leaders

Overview of Judicial HR

The Judicial Office (JO) is a unique place to work. Everything we do is in support of upholding the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The JO reports to, and is accountable, to the Lady Chief Justice and was established in 2006 to provide support to her and to the wider judiciary following the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. In addition, we support, and are accountable to, the Senior President of Tribunals, whose responsibilities extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland. We work closely with HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and others across Government as well as with the legal professions.

Judicial Office Human Resources (JOHR) places Judicial Office Holders (JOH) at the centre of our service, ensuring we are visible, proactive as well as responsive, and that we collaborate with colleagues across the JO, and beyond to ensure we provide judicial office holders with excellent HR support and professional expertise. JOHR supports the senior judiciary, leadership judges, and works in partnership with HMCTS and MoJ to ensure the Lady Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals have a properly resourced, visible, and accessible HR service based on the needs of the judiciary.

Whilst part of the wider Civil Service HR profession, we are not a typical HR team in that we serve the needs of around 25,000 members of the judiciary who are office holders and not employees or Civil Servants. You will have the opportunity to work with the judiciary at all levels, which offers ample opportunity to broaden your skills and use your insights to be curious and creative about doing things differently within an environment of continuous learning.

The post holder’s role will sit within the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Organisational Design and Development (OD&D) function. 

JO pack: Working for the Judicial Office (justice.gov.uk)

Job description

The JO Organisation Design & Development (OD&D) service was launched in 2022 and offers expert consultancy to judicial leadership and those in service of the judiciary – the Judicial Office – to help them achieve the best fit between their strategic plans and their intended impact by optimising the people and systems that deliver those ambitions.

This is achieved by providing insights and interventions on:

  • Organisational design - such as functions, systems and processes - to align the structure of the JO with its strategy and objectives.
  • Organisational development - such as culture, capability, change, values and relationships - to optimise the performance of both judges and JO.

The work of the team is primarily commissioned within JO to either lead on behalf of, or contribute to, JO programmes/projects. Judicial leaders may also commission us to support their jurisdictions. The OD&D team may initiate projects itself, arising from our assessment of organisational needs. Our consultancy service aims to:

  • Strengthen the change-readiness of the judiciary in relation to strategic priorities such as the HM Courts and Tribunals Service Reform modernisation programme and One Judiciary
  • Align the JO to the evolving needs of the judiciary in our culture, capability and capacity priorities
  • Grow OD&D capability across the Judicial Office to enhance the effectiveness of all judicial initiatives.

This is a new role for the Judicial Office, created to meet the expanding work of the OD&. As a small team of two, you and the Head of Organisation Design & Development will have the opportunity to shape your role to best meet the needs of judiciary and judicial office. 

This role will suit a high calibre individual, who is comfortable working independently and capable of providing support and challenge to senior management and the senior judiciary.

Principle Responsibilities

  1. Provide OD&D advice, guidance and support through an internal consultancy approach to both senior judiciary and Judicial Office managers.
  2. Collaborate with Judicial Office members, external stakeholders and the judiciary to
    • deliver people-focused change initiatives, inputting on design, delivery and evaluation.
    • review systems and processes and identify ways to improve overall efficiencies.
  3. Gather and use evidence, analytics and benchmarking to inform work, and shape effective interventions. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and provide recommendations.
  4. Assist with the production of reports for groups within the Judicial Office, such as the Judicial Office Management Board/Judicial Executive Board, as and when required.
  5. Operate as an integral member of the wider HRBP-OD&D team, representing a seamless and professional HR service to the judiciary.
  6. Actively participate in the MOJ-wide OD&D Community of Practice to strengthen our collective and individual OD&D skills and capability.
  7. Keep abreast of key issues affecting organisational development and design and take steps to align our OD&D work accordingly.


  • Contributing to change/transformation initiatives across the judiciary and JO.
  • Delivering organisation design and development projects in conjunction with the team and stakeholders.
  • Engaging with individuals and teams/jurisdictions to identify potential efficiencies.
  • Designing and facilitating workshops that support organisational changes e.g., conducting consultation sessions, change impact assessments etc.
  • Conducting primary/secondary research, ensuring decisions are driven by sound data.
  • Building a collaborative environment whilst promulgating approaches and activities to colleagues for them to use in their everyday practises.
  • Designing and delivering interventions to build OD&D capability across the JO.
  • Analysing complex and sometimes conflicting data sets to reach a source of the truth, illuminating aspects of our people, costs and skills.
  • Producing resources that aid the delivery of design and development activities i.e., process, capability maps, role design.

Other Duties

This job description is a broad picture of the post at the date of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list as OD&D is and as it is a new role, responsibilities and activities will evolve according to changing business needs.

The job may require occasional travel to courts and tribunals locations and may involve some overnight stays.

The post holder will be encouraged to participate in wider Judicial Office activities as an active member of the Office.

Person Specification

Essential experience, skills and knowledge

Below are some of the core skills and experience that will need to be demonstrated by the successful candidate:

  • Understanding of organisation development/design approaches, methods and tools and how to apply them.
  • Effective project skills that enable you to achieve quality outcomes.
  • Skilful communication to engage effectively with stakeholders, managers and peers; speaking with credibility and authority; being a skilled influencer with an ability to confidently handle difficult conversations.
  • Collaboration to form strong working-level relationships with a range of stakeholders; sharing information, resources and support in a straightforward and honest manner.
  • Critical thinking to approach work objectively; reviewing and using data, gathering and interpreting information to inform approaches. Able to maintain and review the effectiveness of interventions and provide recommendations to ensure ongoing professional excellence.
  • Experience of managing change and supporting good practice change management.
  • Adaptability to deliver effective outcomes in an ambiguous environment.
  • Ability to understand the strategic picture and translate this into potential action/ interventions.

Desired experience, skills and knowledge

  • Understanding of the judiciary
  • A passion for OD&D and associated methodologies
  • OD&D Practitioner qualification – or a willingness to acquire if successful.

Additional Information

Contact Information: Michelle.austin@judiciary.uk, Head of Organisation Design & Development.

Location and working patterns

The OD&D Team is based in the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ), London, WC2A2LL, and the Rolls building Fetter Ln, London EC4A 1NL. This role can alternatively be based nationally at our Leeds office. The successful candidate will be expected to spend at least 60% of their working hours in the office (this includes national travel where required). There will be a need to attend meetings with the judiciary (including in person at sites), with meetings often taking place before or after court (before 9.30am and after 4.30pm) so flexibility is required in the role.

Working Pattern: Full time and flexible working is available.


Alongside your salary, the Ministry of Justice contributes towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Access to learning and development
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pensionwith an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Season Ticket Advance

For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/candidate/cms/About%20the%20MOJ

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  1. Application stage
  2. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a Personal Statement / Statement of Suitability in no more than 750 words. Using the job advert as a guide you will be required to provide an overview of transferable skills and / or evidence that would fulfil the role requirements.
  3. You will be asked to provide information within the ‘Employer/ Activity history’ section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history. 
  4. We will also assess you against two behaviours during the application stage:
  • Seeing the big picture (250 words)
  • Making effective decisions (250 words)

In the event of a large number of applicants, an initial sift will be conducted on the statement of suitability. Those who are successful in the initial sift will then be scored on all elements of the application.

  1. Interview stage
  2. We will assess you against two behaviours during the interview stage:
       Changing and improving
  •    Communicating and influencing
  1. We will also ask you questions about some of your strengths.
  2. You will be asked to complete a 5-minute presentation on an OD&D topic that will be provided in the interview invitation.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in person at the Royal Courts of Justice from 5th February 2024 but please note that dates may be subject to change.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Security clearance required   

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check. See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

Security clearance will include a requirement of CTC and DBS

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete 
baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

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)
  • 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)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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 5th February to 9th February 2024 but dates are subject to change

18/01/2024, 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 - 82722.

Please contact the Head of Organisation Design and Development for role queries: Michelle.Austin@judiciary.uk

Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC)
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

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

Seeing the Big Picture - 250 word limit
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Making Effective Decisions - 250 word limit
Statement of Suitability - 750 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Making Effective Decisions, 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.
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
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.

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.