Four Civil Service Commissioners

Cabinet Office

London, Commissioners are required to travel to and from Government Departments throughout the UK

  • Location

    London, Commissioners are required to travel to and from Government Departments throughout the UK

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Successful candidates will receive payment of £400 per day for working on Commission business

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    19 June 2022

  • Client

    Cabinet Office

Ref: GSe87606

The Civil Service Commission is a high profile body whose work can attract considerable public and media interest. It is independent of the Government and of the Civil Service.

The Commission regulates recruitment to the Civil Service by providing assurance that appointments are on merit after fair and open competition.

It also helps promote the Civil Service values of Honesty, Integrity, Objectivity and Impartiality, and hears complaints under the Civil Service Code.

Civil Service Commissioners:

  • chair recruitment competitions across the UK for the most senior-level appointments in the Civil Service;
  • support Government Departments in promoting the Civil Service values of impartiality, objectivity, honesty and integrity;
  • provide advice and challenge on how the wider system could be strengthened to reinforce the Civil Service values;
  • adjudicate on complaints investigations (about recruitment and about ethical standards);
  • set standards for recruitment into the Civil Service.

We are looking to recruit at least four new Commissioners to form a diverse Board, with members whose experience is drawn from a range of backgrounds.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidates will have:

  • Recognition of the challenges facing the country and the Civil Service’s role in addressing these challenges and efficiently delivering demonstrable improvements to the lives of citizens;
  • Appreciation of the skills required in the Civil Service to address such challenges, both generally and those specific to the wide variety of departmental and professional contexts in which competitions will take place;
  • Understanding of the importance of effective leadership, which challenges the status quo and established thinking, to the success of an organisation, and the ability to work with vacancy holders to interpret what leadership capability is required for the given context and how to assess for that leadership capability;
  • The ability to command trust at the highest levels, demonstrating commitment to ethical standards and good governance, including fairness of process and outcomes while acting independently;
  • Strong skills in judgement, based on the ability to assimilate a range of evidence and perspectives, while being willing to take calculated risks and do things differently
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a diverse team of influential people;
  • Appreciation of the legislative, constitutional and public policy context of the role.

In addition, candidates will also need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Commercial expertise, gained at senior levels in large and complex organisations;
  • strong leadership skills, with a particular focus on leading innovation and transformational change, improving delivery and maximising benefits from technology and data;
  • experience of recruitment and/or HR issues at a senior level in the private, public or voluntary sectors ;
  • substantial experience in regulation, particularly in supporting ethical standards and good governance;
  • evidence of supporting diversity and inclusion, including diversity of thought, experience and background.

It is desirable for applicants to have experience in several of these additional criteria to support the breadth of appointments that the Commission faces at any given time.

Successful candidates will receive payment of £400 per day for working on Commission business.

Further Information

Further details on the position, together with eligibility criteria and an information pack can be found at: Civil Service Commission


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
midnight 19 June 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email