Director General Chief Operating Officer

Crown Prosecution Service

Any HQ CPS Office with regular, weekly travel to London expected

  • Location Any HQ CPS Office with regular, weekly travel to London expected
  • Sector Central Government
  • Client Crown Prosecution Service
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration SCS3 pay band range from £127,000 up to £149,999 per annum
  • Reference GSe109654
  • Closing Date Friday 26th April 2024

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS makes operational decisions independently of the police and Government. The duty of the CPS is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence, and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible. It sits at the very heart of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), working in partnership with the police, judiciary, the Attorney General’s Office, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, and other agencies throughout the CJS.  Over 7,000 people work for the CPS in a variety of roles. Almost half the employees are lawyers, who are responsible for deciding whether to prosecute cases, and represent the Crown in many hearings in the courts. The rest work to assist prosecutors preparing cases for court, or in enabling professions including operational delivery, finance, human resources, communications, policy, and digital and technology services.

One of two new leadership positions, the Director General Chief Operating Officer (DG COO) is a critical leadership role, and the post holder will be a member of the CPS Board, Executive Group, the Ministerial Strategic Board, and other relevant board committees. As the Additional Accounting Officer for the CPS, the DG COO will ensure high standards of resource management (both people and financial), corporate governance and risk management and will be required to engage and collaborate effectively with stakeholders across Whitehall, in particular the Cabinet Office and Treasury, to lead and direct significant change across the Criminal Justice System and wider civil service reform priorities. The role will have ownership of the CPS change and transformation portfolio, and continuous improvement approach, as well as setting the organisational frameworks for corporate functions (Digital, People, Finance and Corporate Strategy). The DG COO has executive responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of the Corporate Services directorates, their 800+ people, performance, and budget (approx. £270m). 

We are looking for an experienced corporate leader who has held a visible role in a large, complex organisation. An excellent communicator, you will possess the ability to form positive, effective, and trusted relationships with a range of senior stakeholders, leading cross- industry partnership working with complex and challenging bodies and/or agencies.  Confident, resilient and energetic, you will be adept at managing professional/technical experts from different profession and you will evidence the ability to achieve significant efficiencies, whilst retaining optimum operational delivery in a diversified, unionised organisation. You will demonstrate the ability to operate effectively in a political environment, at pace and you will bring a positive focus to leading transformation and continuous improvement across governance and operations.

By joining the CPS, you have the chance to make a positive difference to the communities we serve and to wider society.  The CPS is a diverse and inclusive employer and works hard to create a culture where everyone can thrive. 

This is an exciting and fast-paced role with a real opportunity to make a difference.

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