Non Executive Director x 2

Ministry of Justice

National role within England & Wales although Board meetings are held in person in London.

  • Location

    National role within England & Wales although Board meetings are held in person in London.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £15,000 per annum (Circa 30 days per annum, including a minimum of 4 Board meetings). Fixed term appointment for three years

  • Client

    Ministry of Justice

Ref: GSe88005

The Ministry of Justice is seeking to recruit two Non-Executive Board members.

Non-Executives provide external advice and expertise, underpinned by consideration from an independent standpoint which informs the Department’s decision-making process.

As a Non-Executive you will:

  • Sit on the Departmental Board, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister;
  • Advise on performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the Department;
  • Provide independent scrutiny for the Department;
  • Work with Executives and their offices to continue to improve Departmental performance;
  • Have the financial acumen to ensure that Departmental finances are being managed properly taking into consideration a significant period of budget reductions;
  • Bring commercial experience and expertise to the role – constructively challenge the Board and Executives on issues pertaining to MoJ’s management of commercial issues, contracts and procurement;
  • Have the professional credibility and authority to challenge MoJ leaders; and
  • Provide independent, constructive, and insightful analysis of MoJ strategy and performance.

We are seeking to appoint at least one candidate with expertise in commercial strategy and procurement. Specifically, they will have skills and knowledge of:

  • Advising and scrutinising the effectiveness of commercial strategy.
  • Understanding complex procurement processes.
  • Delivering measurable value for money in the commercial space.
  • Markets and Suppliers.
  • Commercial Assurance
  • IT and information systems to support end‑to‑end contracting, including contract records management, performance and management systems, and data on spending
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity, with a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life.

We are seeking to appoint at least one candidate with senior leadership experience in large organisations that operate in complex operational environments. This should include experience of leading major projects from initiation, through development and to delivery, using sound evidence to inform decisions.

In both cases candidates will be high-calibre leaders who will either be on their way to the Boardroom or already be there.

They will have diverse perspectives and may already have had great success in embedding change through innovation. 

The MoJ offers a wide variety of genuinely challenging and fascinating work and would give the right candidates opportunities for growth they might not encounter in the private sector.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Experience of risk, performance and financial management.
  • The ability to contribute and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders in formal and informal professional environments.

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Recruitment Table

Closing Date
08:00 Monday 10th October 2022

How to apply

You should register and then submit the following documentation no later than 08:00 (UK time) on Monday 10 October 2022

Document details:

  1. A CV (no more than two sides of A4) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no more than two sides of A4) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience, providing evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
  3. As part of the application process you will be required to complete your diversity information. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be provided to the selection panel. We capture this information to monitor our internal vacancy filling processes with a view to ensuring that we continue to build a talented workforce with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  4. In addition to diversity information, you will be asked whether you wish to apply for the role as part of the Disability Confident Scheme. For more information about the scheme, please see the FAQs section.
  5. A completed form declaration of interests and conduct form providing details of any previous or current public appointments, and making a political activity declaration. The Governance Code for Public Appointments which sets out the process and principles, including guidance on declarations, that should underpin all public appointments made to bodies listed in the Public Appointments Order in Council can be found here.
  6. Details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you.

Please submit and complete all of the documents listed so that the panel will have all the required information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please note failure to submit any of these documents will result in your application not being considered for this role.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact Russell Brandon at GatenbySanderson on 01962 864124 or via email at


  1. Non Executive Director, COI, conduct and reference documents (PLEASE COMPLETE).doc
  2. 20220823 NED MoJ - Candidate Information Pack Final.pdf