Civil Service Commissioners

Body: Civil Service Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sector: Regulation
Location: London with some visits required to other locations
Number of Vacancies: Up to 5
Remuneration: £400 per day
Time Requirements: 40 days a year on average

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/08/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Interviews are likely to take place late August/early September

Vacancy Description

The Role

Civil Service Commissioners:

  • chair recruitment competitions 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 (about recruitment and about breaching the Civil Service standards);
  • set standards for recruitment into the Civil Service.

The Commissioners form the Board of the Civil Service Commission and bring a range of experience of the private, public and voluntary sectors.  They bring an independent perspective to ensure a high performing Civil Service is well placed to meet the challenges of the future.

Further information about the Commission’s work can be found at

Person Specification

Skills and experience required

Essential Criteria

The successful candidates will have:

  • 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.
Desirable Criteria

In addition, they will also 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.

We are looking to build a diverse Board, with members whose experience is drawn from a range of backgrounds.  Taking account of the backgrounds of the Commissioners whose term of office expired recently and those who will be standing down in the next period, we would ideally appoint at least four Commissioners who have considerable private sector experience.

How to Apply

Applications should be in writing and should include the following:

  • an up to date CV;
  • a short (maximum two sides of A4) supporting statement, explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, set out in the ‘skills and experience required’ section above;
  • a completed diversity monitoring form (see Appendix A in accompanying word document) – this will be kept separate from your application and not considered by those making selection decisions but will be used to monitor the diversity of the applicant field. We will not accept applications that do not include the diversity form;
  • a completed political activity form (see Appendix B)
  • two referees, including contact details, whom will be contacted if you are invited for interview;
  • (if applicable) a Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration (see form at Appendix C).
  • (if applicable) a statement of conflicts of interest – if you, your partner or dependents have any business interests or other activities that could be perceived as a conflict of interest with the work of the Commission, you should declare this when applying; further information on conflicts of interest is provided in the Code of Practice at Appendix D.

Queries about these roles should be directed to:

CO EDIT Civil Service Commissioners Information Pack 2020 3 (1) (1)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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