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Chief Executive

Chief Executive, HM Prisons and Probation Service


Salary: £140,000 to £200,000


Grade: SCS Pay Band 2


Location: London


Job description: HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, responsible for running prisons and probation services across England and Wales.  With over 42,000 directly employed staff, a wide range of private and third sector partners, and a budget of over £4bn, HMPPS is a large, complex, and high profile public service. Working with its partners, HMPPS carries out the sentences given by the courts, in both custody and the community, and works to reduce reoffending by supporting the rehabilitation of people in its care or under its supervision. 


The Chief Executive will be responsible for leading this important organisation to focus on the priorities set by the Secretary of State for Justice.  Strong steps have been taken to tackle the challenges faced by the service in recent years, and the incoming Chief Executive will be supported by a talented and professional leadership team and workforce. The Chief Executive will build on this progress.  Their success will be a distinctive contribution to the next chapter in the reform of prison and probation services. 


They will also be a member of the Ministry of Justice’s executive committee and its Board, with collective responsibility for major aspects of our system of justice. From a public or private sector background, the successful candidate will have a track record of delivering excellent service through strategic, values-driven leadership and management of a large complex workforce. At the same time, they will need to be comfortable working in a high profile, demanding public environment. They will have the authority to operate at a senior level both within government and with our many external stakeholders. 


The Ministry of Justice has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please click APPLY.


The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 3 December 2018. 


The Civil Service is committed to equal opportunities in employment, with the aim of ensuring that everyone who applies receives fair treatment and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief. 


The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.


Closing date: Monday 3rd December 2018