83833 - HR Business Partner - South West & Wales

£39,868 - £43,535
12 Months
South West, Wales
Bristol , Cardiff , Exeter
Full Time
Human Resources

Judicial Office HR Business Partner – South West Region & Wales (SEO grade)

Permanent Position  

The role:

This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to work within a unique organisation.  Drawing on your existing HR skills and experience you will be working in an ambiguous environment which will develop your influencing, leadership and consultancy skills.  Judicial Office is a great place to work with a warm, welcoming and supportive culture of delivery and development.  It is a place where your work is valued, recognised and rewarded.

You will work at a strategic level and will be responsible for developing and sustaining trusted working relationships with regional judicial leaders in support of the delivery of justice.  Your HR insights will be key in understanding the needs of the judiciary in the Region and will help to shape the Judicial HR offer.  This is a time of significant change for the judiciary.  A newly appointed Lady Chief Justice commenced office in October and there is an ambitious HMCTS reform programme underway.  

You will be part of a team of six HRBPs, each regionally based.  You will lead and manage two HR Advisors, (one based in the South West & one based in Wales) and will be fully supported by our in house MyHR Team comprising HR Support Officers and HR Team Leaders.

If you are proactive, a change agent and able to work with ambiguity this could be an exciting challenge for you to further develop your professional HR skills and add to your portfolio of experience.

The Judicial Office

The Judicial Office supports the judiciary across the courts of England and Wales, and the non-devolved tribunals across the UK, by providing training, legal and policy advice, human resources, communications and administrative support.

We are answerable not to Ministers but instead, through our Chief Executive, to the Lady Chief Justice of England & Wales and the Senior President of Tribunals as we help them to fulfil their responsibilities to the judiciary. We promote and safeguard judicial independence to maintain confidence in the rule of law.

Through our specialist teams, we support some 22,000 judicial office holders in an ever-evolving justice system, providing policy, legal and handling advice and operational support on a wide range of matters.  We incorporate the Judicial College and the independent Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.

We are proud that our work serves to reinforce the pre-eminence of the judiciary of England and Wales and maintain the UK’s position as a leader in legal services, a position which allows the UK to thrive and benefits, albeit sometimes invisibly, every part of society.

Judicial Office HR

Judicial Office Human Resources places Judicial Office Holders at the centre of our service, ensuring we are visible, proactive as well as responsive, and that we collaborate with colleagues across the Judicial Office, and beyond to ensure we provide judicial office holders with excellent HR support and professional expertise.

Whilst we are part of the wider Civil Service HR community we are not a typical HR team in that everything we do needs to meet the, often complex, needs of around 25,000 members of the judiciary who are office holders and not employees or Civil Servants.  This provides us with a unique and interesting set of HR challenges.   It also provides us with unique opportunities to work with the judiciary at all levels and gives us ample opportunity to broaden our HR skills sets, use our HR and business insights to be curious and creative about doing things differently within an environment of continuous learning.   

Location and work pattern:

The role is based in Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter.  There is an expectation that the successful candidate will spend a minimum of 60% of their time in the office.  Some of these days may be spent out in the South West Region and in Wales on Court visits.  The role requires occasional (broadly quarterly) travel to other parts of England including to London.  Due to the nature of the role meetings may need to take place outside of core hours. There is an expectation of working flexibly around judicial office holder availability i.e. out-of-court hours before 10am, after 4pm and at lunchtimes.

Summary of role:

This is a significant strategic HR leadership role requiring high levels of people and HR/business management skills. The role requires a professional approach and must ensure that delivery is in line with the requirements of Civil Service HR, pro-actively role modelling activities and behaviours which promote core MoJ values including diversity and equality of opportunity and supporting and being a positive advocate of the Judicial Office HR Operating Model.

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with regional judicial leaders to become a source of trusted advice and support on HR matters. 
  • Work with judicial leaders to support their talent management, succession planning and career conversations within their areas of responsibility.
  • Engage and support judicial leaders with the Inclusion and Diversity agenda.
  • Provide advice to enable judicial leaders to take proactive steps to deal with or pre-empt issues relating to judicial health, welfare, conduct and performance, and to provide high quality timely advice on specific or generalised HR problems.  You will support the management of the regional HR caseload.  You will use data to identify relevant existing and likely future trends.
  • Line management of two HR Advisors (HEO grade).
  • Operating as an integral member of the HRBP Team, scanning for emerging trends and acting as an intelligent customer into the wider HR Team on behalf of judiciary located in the Region.
  • Connecting with HMCTS HRBP colleagues to provide holistic HR advice and support where issues cross boundaries of staff and the judiciary.
  • Work closely with the respective HMCTS Judicial Secretariat (who administer judicial resourcing across the region) as appropriate, to identify and address relevant HR issues.
  • Provide assistance, as required, to judicial leaders when communicating key messages about, for example, the HMCTS reform programme.
  • To have a clear understanding of the priorities of the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President Tribunal and be able to translate these into a regional plan that will add value to the local judiciary.
  • To act as a change agent to support the JO Organisational Design programme.
  • Demonstrate commitment to personal continuous development, professional expertise and skill


Essential criteria:

We will assess your ability to:

  • Build partnerships and relationships; being recognised as a trusted HR professional.
  • Deliver effective outcomes in an ambiguous environment.
  • Extract, analyse and present MI and data to the business to back up propositions.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and listening skills, including the confidence to speak with credibility and authority when operating at a senior level.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Align activities to contribute to wider organisational priorities and be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact on your and the wider HR area.
  • Maintain and review systems and service to ensure delivery of professional excellence and establish ways to find and respond to feedback from customers about the service.
  • Share information as appropriate and act as an intelligent customer for the wider HR service, communicating in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner.
  • Encourage joined up teamwork within own team and across other groups. Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders. Collaborate with these to share information, resources and support.
  • Consider the impacts of own and team’s activities on stakeholders and end users.
  • Highly credible HR or operational experience and a sound understanding of employment law and the skills to support and advise key leaders. An ability to use this knowledge and experience in an ambiguous context. 

Desirable criteria:

  • Understanding of the Judiciary.
  • Understanding of HMCTS business and its challenges or willingness to learn about these matters quickly.

Success Profile Behaviours:

Seeing the Bigger Picture
Making Effective Decisions

Communicating and Influencing

Technical Skills/Qualifications:

  • Level 5 qualified / CIPD qualified or willing to work towards. This role can be linked to the HR Apprenticeship (Level 5) and as a route into CIPD qualification.

 Security clearance required:    

  • Security clearance will include a requirement of CTC and DBS

Additional Information:  

This vacancy is using Success Profiles and will assess the Behaviours, Experience and Strengths elements.

Application stage

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.

You will also be asked to provide a CV setting out your career history.

We will assess you against these behaviours during the application stage:

  • Seeing the Big Picture (250 word limit)

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

Interview stage

Candidates will be tested at interview using behaviours and strengths from the Civil Service Success Profile Framework.  It is anticipated that interviews will take place online in the week of 19th or 26th February but please note that dates are subject to change.

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 likely to take place on weeks commencing 19th or 26th February but this is subject to change

09/02/2024, 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 - 83833.
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
Statement of Suitability - 750 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
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.

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.