83675 - Judicial Appointments Commission - Selection Exercise Manager

£37,174 - £40,403
12 Months
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Operational Delivery, Other, Project Delivery

JAC Job Description – Selection Exercise Manager - HEO

About the JAC 

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is an independent public body, established in April 2006, to select judges in the courts and tribunals, and non-legal tribunal members. The JAC selects judicial candidates through fair and open competition, encouraging a wide range of quality candidates to apply for the posts that it advertises.
The JAC is responsible for designing, planning, and running recruitment campaigns to select judicial office holders up to and including High Court Judges. We have a statutory duty to select solely on merit, while keeping our selection processes open to the widest range of applicants. We launch a new campaign for judicial posts every one to two weeks. These range from high volume campaigns for ‘entry level’ posts, attracting upward of 2,000 applicants, to small campaigns for senior roles, attracting a handful of highly qualified people.
Though located at Clive House, Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ JAC staff are currently working in a hybrid way with some days in the office and some days working remotely. It will be necessary for the successful postholder(s) to work at the JAC location regularly to support business need, including attending selection day activity.
We offer a range of benefits including an attractive annual leave allowance, flexible working, and choice of pension schemes. We actively encourage all staff to undertake learning and development as part of their personal objectives. 
More information about the JAC is on our website: http://judicialappointments.gov.uk

The Role

We are looking to recruit a Selection Exercise Manager (SEM, grade HEO) to join our busy and dynamic operations team and help us deliver our challenging programme of judicial selection activity. 
The SEMs are responsible for planning, running, and managing selection exercises to attract and select suitable candidates for judicial office. This includes a wide range of activities from initial planning and advertising of our judicial opportunities, to working with judicial office holders to develop selection materials, running selection processes (including online tests and interviews), and presenting the outcomes of the recruitment to the JAC’s commissioners so that recommendations for appointments can be made. 
You may already have experience of an operational delivery role within a fast-paced environment or have the appropriate transferrable skills. We’re looking for people who have:
•    A pro-active approach to identifying where value could be added in either project delivery or quality assurance tasks. 
•    Excellent attention to detail
•    Excellent organisational and project management skills with an ability to prioritise to deadline and work to quality standards
•    Good communication skills, both written and oral 
•    An ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders 
•    The ability to quickly learn to use unfamiliar software to a good standard, with appropriate training
•    The ability to solve problems and work calmly under pressure
•    A willingness to support tasks outside for your immediate area of responsibility. 

Main responsibilities of the Selection Exercise Manager role include:

•    Plan, run and manage selection exercises to attract and select suitable candidates for judicial office.

•    Accurately collect and report on statistical information throughout the selection exercise process.

•    Liaise with our stakeholders, including acting as the first points of contact for selection panel members, civil servants, and judges.

•    Produce reports on progress and make recommendations at key stages of the exercise to the Commission.

•    Overseeing the arranging of candidate interviews, briefing the selection panel members, observing panels etc.

•    Delegate tasks to Selection Exercise Officers, where necessary. 
The role will be part of the wider operations team working with colleagues across the organisation to plan, develop and deliver selection exercises to recommend candidates for appointment as judges and tribunal members. 


You will need to demonstrate the following behaviours for this role:
•    Delivering at Pace 
•    Managing a Quality Service 
•    Working Together
In addition to these behaviours, your experience will be assessed during the recruitment process. You can read more about the Civil Service behaviours here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles

You should also have experience in the following areas, this list is not exhaustive:
•    Experience of delivery in an operational environment.
•    Excellent attention to detail in drafting, and delivery.
•    A good understanding of how to manage and run competing tasks.

Part Time or Job Share option

We would consider a part time or job share application. Please discuss this with David.allsop@judicialappointments.gov.uk before applying.

Application process

You would need to provide: 
•    Your curriculum vitae (CV)
•    A statement of suitability explaining (of not more than 250 words) detailing how you meet the experiences listed above.
•    Written evidence of the following 3 core behaviours for the role (Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together)


Applications will be sifted based on the CV, statement of suitability and behaviours. If there is a significant volume of applications, we will sift on the CV, statement of suitability and only one behaviour, Delivering at Pace.


Interviews are expected to take place remotely, via MS Teams, during week commencing 27 February 2024. 
At interview you will be asked about three behaviours (Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service and Working Together). We will also ask you about your experience. You can read more about the Civil Service success profiles here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles

Applicants invited for interview will be expected to undertake an assessment on the day of the interview. This will involve either a situational task where applicants will need to share their views with the panel, or another activity, such as assessing a recording. More details will be provided if you are invited to interview. 

Reserve List

As well as appointing to the vacancy listed above, we may place other candidates on a 12-month reserve list for future vacancies.

Further Information

For further information about the role, please contact, the Head of Operational Delivery, David Allsop, at David.allsop@judicialappointments.gov.uk
If you have any questions about the recruitment campaign, or any terms and conditions relating to the role, please contact the JAC recruitment Team at Recruitment@judicialappointments.gov.uk

The job holder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

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 are expected to take place remotely, via MS Teams, during week commencing 27 February 2024

13/02/2024, 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 - 83675.

For further information about the role, please contact, the Head of Operational Delivery, David Allsop, at David.allsop@judicialappointments.gov.uk

If you have any questions about the recruitment campaign, or any terms and conditions relating to the role, please contact the JAC recruitment Team at Recruitment@judicialappointments.gov.uk

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
Managing a Quality Service - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Statement of Suitability - 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
Managing a Quality Service
Working Together
Can you tell us a bit about what experience you have of working in an operational delivery role, or similar fast-paced environment?
What other experience do you have that makes you suitable for this role?
Additional Assessment(s)
Selection Exercise Manager (HEO) work task

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.