Ministry of Justice

Business and Finance Support Officer, Judicial College (Ref: 86236)

Wellington Place Leeds, Loughborough Magistrates Loughborough, London
£27,223 to £32,760
16 Apr 2024
08 May 2024
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Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant


This position is based at 5 Wellington Place Leeds, LS1 4AP, Loughborough Magistrates Loughborough, LE11 1AZ, RCJ London, WC2A 2LL

About the job

Job Summary

Please refer to Job Description

Job description

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About the Organisation – Judicial College

The Judicial College is part of the Judicial Office ─ a unique part of the Civil Service, independent from government and dedicated to supporting the judiciary and promoting and safeguarding judicial independence to maintain confidence in the rule of law. The College supports the Lady Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals to fulfill their statutory responsibilities for training the judiciary in an evolving justice system. We support the judicial leadership of the College to set strategic direction and advise on the design and delivery of the training programme. We deliver around 2,000 courses to around 23,000 office holders every year. We aim to be a world leader in judicial education.

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Job Profile

Job Title / Group / Directorate

Business and Finance Support Officer, Judicial College, Judicial Office

Reports To

Chief of Staff

Location & Terms of appointment

This is a permanent post based in Leeds, London or Loughborough.

Salary and Grade

This post is Band EO.

New entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join on the minimum of the pay range.

Existing Civil Servants will have their salary calculated in accordance with the Department’s pay on transfer / pay on promotion rules.


The Chief of Staff Team support the Executive Director and the senior leadership of the College to deliver their corporate roles and responsibilities. You will have the opportunity to assist in several of these areas including finance, business continuity and reward and recognition, as well as other priority projects that arise.

The team is part of the Strategy, Governance & Change team in the Judicial College. This is a key central team that supports the Senior Leadership of the College including the Executive Director, the three Directors of Training (senior judges from the Courts and Tribunals who provide day-to-day judicial leadership of the programme) and the governing structure of the College. The team leads the College’s policy engagement and helps drive forward our strategic objectives.

Role Purpose

This is an exciting chance to work in the central and fast-paced Chief of Staff team in the Judicial College. The team supports the Executive Director in the delivery of her corporate responsibilities. Your role will be integral to the efficient running of the College and you will have a unique opportunity to interact with senior leaders, judges and other key stakeholders. The role would suit someone who is looking for a varied role and the potential to use and develop strong organisational and communication skills and a keen eye for detail.

Main Activities / Responsibilities

The job holder will be required to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the College budget management process including completing monthly forecasting and financial reporting to the Executive Director and supporting on the Spending Review Cycle.
  • Collaborating with colleagues across the organisation and the Judicial Office’s central Business Support Team.
  • Processing invoices, raising and maintaining purchase orders and completing other finance tasks.
  • Supporting the Chief of Staff to brief the College’s senior leaders about the budget and finances.
  • Maintaining good record keeping for the Chief of Staff team.
  • Managing and responding to a variety of queries from colleagues across the College and Judicial Office.
  • Providing administrative support to meetings.
  • Supporting the Chief of Staff and Executive Director in the delivery of Staff Engagement and People Survey initiatives across the College.
  • Supporting the wider Chief of Staff team in the delivery of corporate responsibilities, including workforce planning, commercial and learning and development.

Further info

The post may be based at our London, Leeds or Loughborough offices. Some travel to other offices will be required for those based in London or Leeds. Those based in Loughborough will be expected to travel more regularly to the London and Leeds offices to support engagement with the line manager and other members of the Chief of Staff team and wider Strategy, Governance & Change team.

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check and Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) clearance.


Please contact the Chief of Staff of the Judicial College ( if you have any questions or require any further information about this post before applying.

Person Specification:

Essential Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent organisational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Experience of working effectively in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain detailed or technical information in a straightforward way for the audience.
  • Ability to work flexibly, plan a busy workload, and respond effectively to changing priorities.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with internal and external colleagues at all levels and with the judiciary, and understand and manage their needs and expectations.
  • Strong IT skills and ideally familiarity with MS Office, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Previous business support and/or finance experience and experience analysing data is desirable but not essential.


You will be assessed at level 2 against the following Civil Service Behaviours:

  1. Delivering at Pace (Lead Behaviour)
  2. Communicating and Influencing
  3. Working Together

Please use STAR approach to structure your examples.

  • Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in and what happened.
  • Task – The Hiring Manager will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation that you found yourself in.
  • Action – What actions did you take and how did you do it. Make sure to use “I”, not “we” to explain how your actions lead to a result.
  • Result – Use facts and statistics to demonstrate the results that your actions produced. Explain whether it was a successful outcome, and if not, what you learned from the experience.

For more information around Civil Service Behaviours, please visit Success Profiles - Civil Service Behaviours (

All the behaviours stated above will be assessed at the interview stage, as well as Civil Service Strengths.


  1. Work history

Person specification

Please refer to Job Description


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


Alongside your salary of £27,223, Ministry of Justice contributes £7,377 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
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Season Ticket Advance

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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