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Job description

Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:

to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
to support the design and implementation of HM Government's policies and the Prime Minister's priorities; and
to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.

The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-

treating everyone with Respect
actively Collaborate, and
build Trust

We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.

Business unit information

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is an advisory NDPB, with a statutory duty to independently review the size and shape of all Parliamentary constituencies in England, and make recommendations for any change.

The next constituencies review is due to formally commence in December 2020, and conclude by July 2023.

The role is based in Whitehall, and is full-time, but we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements, subject to the particular demands of the Review (e.g. attendance at public hearings).

The post holder will assist the Commission's Office Manager in the provision of a full spectrum of administrative and logistical support to the delivery of the next statutory review. Key responsibilities will be:

Provide high-quality secretariat support to the BCE's senior leadership team and Commissioners, including diary management.

Accurately and efficiently process invoices for payment, and monitor expenditure, constructing and maintaining databases to enable checking of expenditure, purchase orders and invoices in conjunction with Constitution Group Business Management;

Support the Office Manager in the day to day management of contracts with suppliers, ensuring delivery milestones are met to required standards;

Assist the Office Manager in the planning and delivery of logistical support to public hearings (some of which you may be required to attend); including accommodation and travel booking, and provision of appropriate equipment and materials on-site.

Support the delivery of Assistant Commissioner recruitment;

Maintain a database of those wishing to speak at hearings, and documents handed in.

Maintain the BCE's internal databases and correspondence, ensuring correct handling and information management of documents.

Anticipate and address Secretariat's need for office consumables, including inks and paper for the map plotters.
Support the review teams during peak review work, by (among other things) providing filing and logistical support.


Experience maintaining accurate records and audit trails;
Experience using word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office and/or Google equivalents);
Clear written and oral communication.


Experience of providing broad-based administrative support to a busy office;
Some knowledge of financial monitoring policy and procedure within government;
Basic understanding of the IT systems used in the Cabinet Office.

As part of these roles, you will have the opportunity to complete a Professional Apprenticeship, which gives you a way to work towards a formal qualification while also learning on the job. A business administration apprenticeship will likely be the best option for most of these roles, but other qualifications are available.

More information about Professional Apprenticeships at the Cabinet Office can be found here: https://www.vercida.com/uk/features/professional-apprenticeships-at-cabinet-office?company=302

Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally require 3 years' UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Please refer to job description


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please refer to job description

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.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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£22,653.00 - £24,491.00
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