Executive Officer Policy and Corporate roles

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Closing date: 2 Jul 2018

Reference number



Minimum London £26,808, National £23,895


Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

12 Months with the possibility of extension or permanency

Business area


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


37 Hours

Number of posts




About the job

Job description

Whilst the closing date for the campaign is the 2nd July 2018, don't wait to submit your application! This is a rolling campaign and applications are considered on a weekly basis. We offer interviews on a weekly basis and make decisions very quickly! We would ask that you aim to complete all aspects within three weeks of beginning your application.

Do you want to be part of the Department working to build the homes this country needs, devolves power to local governments and provides vital support for public services?

Do you want to take a step towards a career which raises your visibility across and beyond Government?

Do you want to work with us and have a real impact on peoples’ lives, through achieving our four strategic aims?

* Driving up housing supply
* Increasing home ownership
* Devolving powers and budgets to boost local growth.
* Supporting strong communities with excellent public services.

Executive Officers (EO) within the Department play a key role in delivering Ministerial priorities by supporting the development and delivery of key national policy, as well as providing high-class support in private office, and corporate support roles. Our EOs are expected to make an impact and take responsibility to support key work across the department. You will be expected to take responsibility for providing accurate, concise advice, both orally, and in writing. You will work with energy and pace to manage your own work and make real contribution to policy and corporate objectives.

These roles also offer an opportunity to engage with stakeholders across government and the public and private sectors to unblock barriers and develop new ideas and approaches for Ministers that will have a real world impact.

We are looking for people who share our values, really want to make a difference and are committed to DCLG’s aims. We want to hear from applicants who understand, and are interested in public services, as well as being excited by being involved in the running of the country, and are able to serve a Government of any political complexion. Most of all, we are looking for people with the right skills and behaviours, from any sector or background to play a key role in developing and delivering the Government’s policy.

What we need from you:

Personal Details

Completion of a Numerical Reasoning Test

Completion of the Civil Service Situational Judgement Test

A completed application, which must include a 250 word response to the question: What are the main challenges facing DCLG over the next 2 years?

Attendance at our Headquarters in 2 Marsham Street London, SW1P 4DF for a blended interview containing competency and strength based questions.

Please refer to the attached candidate pack for more information about the roles and how to apply.

Important Note

Successful candidates for roles based in our 2 Marsham Street building must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check and the process can take up to 8 weeks to complete.

You are therefore required to complete the attached Annex A form (PART A ONLY) and either email the signed version directly to hrsharedservices@communities.gsi.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can post the completed form to DCLG HR, Ground Floor, Rosebrae Court, Woodside Ferry Approach, Birkenhead, CH41 6DU. This will be processed in cases only where the candidate should be successful in applying for the post. The remainder will be securely destroyed.

Please note that successful candidates will need to pass the CTC security checks – this requires you to have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years. Please refer to the attached document “DCLG Notes on Security Clearance” for further information on Counter Terrorism Clearance (CTC). Thank you.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Application Steps

1. Complete the required fields on Civil Service Jobs

2. Complete the Numerical Reasoning Test

3. If you have passed the Numerical Reasoning Test, you will be invited to complete the Civil Service Judgement Test.

4. If you have passed both online tests, we will send you a link to the Be Applied Website where you will be asked to re-enter some basic personal information and answer the sift question: "What are the main challenges facing DCLG over the next 2 years?" You should think about the Seeing the Big Picture competency when writing your answer.

5. Your answer to the above question will be sifted and scored on a one to five rating scale. You will then be notified of your outcome.

6. If you have passed the sift, we will invite you to interview. You can then book in for a time and date that suits you.

7. We will let you know your interview outcome and if successful, we will be in touch further.

Online test information:

When you are invited to complete the online tests you will be given access to guidance. It is strongly recommended that you read this guidance before you proceed.

These tests are not timed however, it is advised that you allow for up to an hour for completion of each test.

Please note that the Civil Service Judgement Test may contain video content which requires you to use an up-to date browser (for DCLG staff, please use Google Chrome as our Internet Explorer browser will not work). The videos also have audio content and so make sure that your computer has sound enabled or that you have headphones available for use. If you have any issues with the sound or video playing, you do have an option to view the transcript of what is being said in the video. The “View Transcript” button can be located underneath the video box.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Terms & Conditions

The salary scale minimum is applicable for new entrants to the civil service. Only in exceptional circumstances will a starting salary higher than the minimum be considered. The specified salary range is applicable for existing civil servants joining us on level transfer/promotion. Please see the attached terms and conditions statement for further information.

For external candidates – you will be offered a 1 year fixed term appointment with a possibility of permanency. For existing civil servants – you will be offered a 1 year loan opportunity with a possibility of permanency. MHCLG Internal candidates will retain their existing contracts.
Existing Civil Servants will need to seek approval from their parent department to take up a loan appointment should they be successful.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions or queries in relation to this advert, please contact: recruitment@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

Online test instructions

All online tests to be completed before 23:59 on 2nd July 2018

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interviews will take place on a weekly basis. Pass marks for sift and interview will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Please be aware that it may take longer than 1 week to receive your sift or interview outcomes.

Further information

Each application will be sifted based on a 1-5 Rating Scale

5 = Great demonstration
4 = Strong demonstration
3 = Good demonstration
2 = Moderate demonstration
1 = Low Demonstration

The salary for this role is £26,550 (London) or £23,665 (National), in exceptional circumstances a salary of up to £1,000 higher might be available.
For existing civil servants, the usual policy on level transfer and promotion will apply and is non-negotiable.

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