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 up to five new Commissioners to form a diverse Board, with members whose experience is drawn from a range of backgrounds.

The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate the following core competencies: 

  • excellent judgement and the ability to assimilate a range of evidence and perspectives;
  • the ability to demonstrate authority and command trust and confidence at all levels;
  • the ability to act independently and the character to defend difficult judgements;
  • the ability to work well within a diverse team on influential people;
  • an understanding of the importance of effective leadership to the  success of an organisation;
  • good communication skills.

Successful candidates will additionally need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • experience of recruitment at a senior or executive level in the private, public or voluntary sectors;
  • experience of dealing with HR issues at a very senior level;
  • expertise in senior leadership development or in organisational design and capability;
  • experience in regulation, particularly in supporting ethical standards and good governance;
  • substantial high level experience of public life.

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

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

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 14 August 2020

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