82918 - Corporate Business Continuity Governance and Assurance Lead

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
East Midlands, East of England, London, National, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Please note: Some of our MoJ Office locations, such as our Liverpool Justice Collaboration Centre, require higher levels of National Security Vetting. The MoJ is working to open more Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices over time. Click here to learn more about where our currently open Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices are, to identify where you may be based and understand National Security Vetting requirements of each location.
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working
Business Management & Improvement, Governance, Other

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.  

The role location is advertised as ‘national.’ In practice this will mean basing yourself within a MoJ Justice Collaboration Centre, Justice Satellite Office, or London HQ site.  

We offer flexible working subject to local agreement.  

Position Business Continuity Governance and Assurance Lead, Corporate Business Continuity & Resilience Team, Departmental Operations Centre
Location National
Grade SEO
Contract Type Permanent

About the Department

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a major government department, working to protect and advance the principles of justice. One of the largest government departments, we employ around 70,000 people, with an annual budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services across the UK – including at around 500 courts and tribunal centres, and 123 prisons in England and Wales. Our vision is to deliver a world class justice system that works for everyone in society. We are making a difference, and you could be part of it.

About the Team

The Departmental Operations Centre (DOC) operates across the whole of MoJ, often working with other government departments, to deliver high quality business continuity (BC), resilience, and crisis management work. Together, we make the department and our services stronger.

The DOC is led by a Deputy Director with two distinct teams – the Corporate Business Continuity Team and the Corporate Resilience Team. The role of the BC Governance and Assurance Lead sits within the Corporate Business Continuity Team.

The team’s work ensures that MoJ’s critical services can withstand unexpected shocks and disruption. They collaborate with colleagues responsible for the operation of prisons, courts, probation, and headquarters functions – as well as directly supporting ministers, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Committee. The team are also trained to support the department’s response to crises and incidents – which will often see them working with other government departments like the Cabinet Office.

The team sets the overall departmental BC policy, from which the constituent agencies and business units derive their own processes, plans and ways of working. The team also owns
the MoJ gold/silver/bronze emergency governance structure, and the department’s 24/7 response activation and alerting arrangements.
We are a highly engaged team, investing in ourselves through learning and
development, promoting health and wellbeing, and putting the individual first. Everything we do is underpinned by an open and inclusive culture, within which staff feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work. We encourage continuous improvement, innovation, and constructive challenge.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is willing to learn and develop in this exciting role - you will receive all the help, advice, and training necessary to succeed.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities 

As the BC Governance and Assurance Lead you will:

•    Lead the BC governance and assurance programme across the department
•    Provide leadership and deliver a robust approach to BC management in line with the strategic and operational direction of the organisation
•    Understand the organisational structures and activities that support the business in implementing continuity and resilience
•    Promote and embed continuity & resilience within all levels of the organisation
•    Provide cover for the Head of Corporate BC at meetings, offering advice and sharing information as required

Responsibilities will include the following:

•    Lead the assurance processes across the department, commissioning self- assessments and completing in-person assurance visits to evaluate compliance and assess the maturity of BC
•    Review the operational needs of the department, meeting regularly with BC leads across business areas and further developing resilience planning
•    Lead the maintenance and review of the corporate business continuity document set, including the MoJ HQ BC policy, advising and consulting as appropriate with stakeholders, sharing changes and updates across the department as necessary
•    Support departmental BC leads to identify interdependencies between their business areas, and functional areas to ensure that these systems are fit for purpose, robust and sustainable
•    Devise and drive continuous improvement projects to enhance BC
•    Maintain and deliver the BC exercise programme, assist in the maintenance and review of the corporate business continuity document set including the MoJ HQ BC policy, advising and consulting as appropriate with stakeholders, sharing changes and updates across the department as necessary
•    Work collaboratively with the MoJ Governance Team by providing input into annual assurance processes focused on BC compliance
•    Maintain strong links with the Risk Centre of Expertise and support risk assessment processes for BC leads
•    Provide specialist advice on threats and controls to senior leaders across the department

Line Management

•    This post has line management responsibility for two HEO Validation Officers, leading by example with regard to promoting and embedding diversity and inclusivity within the team, and in working collaboratively with colleagues across the department

Expectations of post holder in executing the role

Strong organisational skills are a critical element of this role, as is the ability to prioritise and manage a workload, analyse complex information, present recommendations, and make effective decisions.

You must provide clear direction and focus, visibly championing the changes which deliver greater efficiencies.

You will support the Department’s 24/7 BC arrangements, which may lead to out of hours working during an incident. An allowance is payable, which covers call-out, response and overtime.

Some national travel will be required to attend team events and conduct assurance visits and exercises across the country.

You must have or be willing to apply for National Security Clearance at SC level.

Skills and Experience 

The DOC is committed to supporting personal and professional development. We will help you to develop your knowledge and skills to build a rewarding and challenging career.


•    Ability to take responsibility for delivering quality results at pace, with focus and drive
•    Ability to seek out opportunities for change, suggesting innovative ideas for improvement
•    Experience of communicating purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm
•    Experience of building a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve successful outcomes


•    Capacity to encourage contributions and involvement from a broad and diverse range of staff by being visible and accessible
•    Ability to play an active role in developing talent within the profession

•    Aptitude to obtain, analyse and interpret data and use it to make appropriate decisions
•    Prior experience within a BC or risk/assurance role

Qualifications & Membership

Certificate of the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI), or Membership of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) or a willingness to work towards this. The team will provide all the support and training necessary to succeed.


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

•    Delivering at Pace (Lead behaviour)
•    Changing and Improving
•    Communicating and Influencing
•    Working together

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be undertaken using the lead behaviour Delivering at Pace.

Flexible working 

Working pattern and job location:

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

The role location is advertised as ‘national.’ In practice this will mean basing yourself within a MoJ Justice Collaboration Centre, Justice Satellite Office, or London HQ site.

We offer flexible working subject to local agreement.

Non-civil service candidates would typically start on the pay band minimum.

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:


A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.

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.

Interviews expected for weeks commencing 05/02/24 & 12/02/24, but subject to change.

22/01/2024, 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 - 82918.
Security Clearance (SC)

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

Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
A sift based on the lead behaviour, Delivering at Pace, 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.
Delivering at Pace
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together

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 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.