83711 - MoJ Property Directorate - Principal Project Sponsor

The national salary is £66,314 - £75,810, London salary is £70,303 - £80,370. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
12 Months
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Grade 6
Grade 6
Full Time, Flexible Working
Estates, Programme and Project Management, Project Delivery, Property


The MoJ 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). The MoJ Property Directorate brings together a property portfolio including Prisons, Probation, and MoJ HQ and Arm’s Length Bodies.  We also provide property services on behalf of the Home Office (HO).

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.

Team Overview

The post holder is a member of the unit’s senior management team, accountable to the Prison Infrastructure Director for the successful, timely and quality delivery of new prison construction projects, taking into account the sustainable, social and economic and environmental policies.  The MoJ Property Directorate is currently delivering six such prisons, each with a budget in the range of £250m - £450m. The post holder leads a team of senior project sponsors and project sponsors and is supported by outsourced professional service providers and constructors to take the prison from concept through to handover.

Job Description, Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Working with a range of end users, prison governors, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to develop project proposals at mandate through to timely completion, within budget envelops; evidencing value for money solutions and benefits realisation.
  • Leading a natural work team of designers, planning consultants, professional consultants and ultimately constructors in the successful construction of new prisons for HMPPS, to health and safety, time, quality and cost constraints
  • Timely assurance and submission of individual project option appraisals, feasibility reports, business cases and board papers; driving design innovation.
  • Timely procurement of supply chain resources.
  • Setting direction and managing performance levels of supply chain partners, through setting out clear performance indicators, at the same continually challenging resourcing proposals.
  • Identifying risks and issues and making sure mitigation plans are in place; managing early warning notices and chairing core groups when contractual remedies are required.
  • Embedding wider efficiency targets set by the Cabinet Office and IPA, such as the implementation of building information modelling, modern methods of construction, government soft landings by the inclusion of FM professionals; and collaborative procurement, particularly early contractor engagement and project bank accounts.
  • Regularly holding to account senior project sponsors, delivery partners and constructors in making sure all key project milestones are on track, all policies are considered (such as sustainability) and all project reporting is assured and submitted on time; at the same time assuring all actively is managed in line with the project control framework controls.
  • Ensuring lessons learned carried out as best practice and findings are collected and distributed across stakeholder groups, including technical services, FM, commercial, and post project evaluations are conducted and recorded.
  • Line management and leadership of a team, providing strong professional direction.
  • Frequent travel will be required across England and Wales

Expectations of post holder in executing the role

  • The post holder will provide clear direction and support to their team, account managers and stakeholders in delivering successful outcomes in respect of the Directorates objectives that flow from the single departmental plan, the asset management plan(s) and local business plans.
  • Strong leadership is a critical element of this role, as is the ability to prioritise and manage a personal workload, whilst continuously developing their team and individuals, that may include apprentices and/or fast streamers; and be accountable for their own professional development.
  • As a member of the unit senior leadership team the post holder will operate in a culture of openness and honesty, demonstrating commitment and drive to change through personal involvement, grip and empowerment, and by delivering results by personally championing change.
  • Regular travel to the office at 102 Petty France, London.

Skills and Experience


  • At least five years of project director / senior experience delivering large-scale infrastructure
  • Should have experience of effectively working through a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly at senior levels, to achieve successful outcomes
  • Should have the ability to organise and prioritise delivery solutions in a continually changing environment, where appropriate to do so; fully utilising allocated budgets
  • Should have the experience of developing new ways of working, particularly when identifying and embedding best practice.
  • Should have experience of identifying risk and implementing mitigation plans.

Specialist skills and experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of drafting and assuring business cases, option appraisals, board papers, and contributing to PQs, FOI and Ministers cases.
  • Knowledge and use of NEC3/NEC4 (preferable), PPC 2000, or JCT forms of contracts.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of the RIBA digital plan of works.
  • Experience of delivering through project bank accounts and timely payment of supply chains through the requisition to pay process. 
  • Knowledge and experience of good supplier relationship, contract and commercial management outcomes.
  • Knowledge of sustainability policy and its application in property/projects
  • Knowledge of the strategic direction and objectives in managing and improving the Government estate.

Highly Desirable

  • Ideally experience managing projects with a Capital spend of typically £50m+ per project.
  • Awareness of Government Property Profession.
  • Experience working with modern methods of construction.
  • Awareness of the Government Construction Playbook.
  • Experience working with top-tier UK contractors.


  • Have, or will be working towards a recognised construction qualification, such as the chartered institute of building (CIOB)

Government Property Profession (GPP) Technical Skills

The GPP Competency 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 Competency Framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-property-profession-competency-framework.

This role falls under Property Leadership and some or all of the following Technical Skills will be tested during the selection process:

  • Property Programme and Project Management – Expert
  • Property Professional Expertise - Expert


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture.
  • Leadership.
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace.

Flexible working hours

The Property Directorate offers flexible working subject to local agreement.

This post is advertised as Permanent & Full Time.  The unit is supportive of and encourages flexible working and compressed hours candidates will also be considered.

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

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

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.

Interview dates to be confirmed.

09/02/2024, 23:55 hours.

For further information about the role, please contact Lee Edney - lee.edney@justice.gov.uk. 

If you require any other 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 - 83711.

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.
Seeing the Big Picture
Managing a Quality Service
Delivering at Pace
Technical Skills
Property Programme and Project Management – Expert
Property Professional Expertise - Expert
Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

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.