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Job description

This 2-year secondment (with possibility of extension) offers you the opportunity to develop your communications and operational delivery skills, whilst also contributing to policy development in one of the UK's most important economic sectors.

The role has a flexible remit including opportunities to gain experience in broad range of operational, governance, communications and logistical support to the office, such as:

• Stakeholder communications & Engagement: Managing the website, YouTube channel and other media engagements. Monitoring the enquiries mailbox and telltheGCA.co.uk including maintaining standard lines and drafting responses to general correspondence. Supporting communications and awareness raising activities including GCA webinars. Raising the profile and representing the GCA by attending trade events and conferences.

• Event and meetings planning: Support on event planning for the GCA's Annual Conference and leading on planning other key events including meetings throughout the year. This involves logistics planning and delivery as well as strategic development of themes and agendas to further the GCA's objectives.

• Governance: Secretariat for the GCA Executive Committee, including setting agendas for the meetings, drafting and commissioning papers and maintaining the action log to ensure agreed progress is made between meetings.

• Other tasks: Other tasks to support the wider team, including logistical support and record management during any arbitrations and investigations; assisting on specific projects analysing issues for the GCA; drafting input to our annual report; and supporting the design, content creation and production of GCA materials such as supplier Code Confident packs and presentations.

If the successful candidate is currently a BEIS employee they will be seconded to the GCA for a period of 2 years with an option to extend by agreement. This will be on promotion if the successful candidate is currently below HEO.

ResponsibilitiesWe are looking for an organised team player who wants to work in a varied role supporting the day to day activities of a small and busy organisation. We would love to hear from you if you:

• Have a 'can do' attitude and a demonstrable ability to learn quickly about the work of the GCA and the operations of the office.

• Are highly motivated and organised; can work independently and with initiative; can exercise sound judgement; demonstrate a high level of accuracy; be forward-thinking and able to plan ahead and mitigate risks.

• Enjoy delivering innovative and creative ideas to further our communications and engagement with key stakeholders through various platforms.

• Have strong written and verbal communication skills and an eye for detail.

• Have good planning and organisational skills, including ability to manage several competing priorities to deadlines and ability to organise events.

We welcome applications from people who bring transferrable skills from other fields or sectors.

If the successful candidate is currently a BEIS employee they will be seconded to the GCA for a period of 2 years with an option to extend by agreement. This will be on promotion if the successful candidate is currently below HEO.

If the successful candidate is currently employed by another government department/public body one of the following options will apply:

1) Secondment directly from their home department/organisation to the GCA on level transfer or promotion for 2 years with a possible option to extend by agreement. This will be subject to agreement of the home department/organisation; or

2) If agreement cannot be reached with the home department/organisation, permanent transfer into BEIS on level transfer or promotion then seconded to the GCA for 2 years with a possible option to extend by agreement.

If the successful candidate is not currently a civil or public servant they will be recruited permanently by BEIS and then seconded to the GCA.

Non civil servants (including Public Servants employed by public bodies and transferred into BEIS) will be expected to start at the salary minimum if successful. Civil servants appointed on level transfer will retain their existing salary. Civil servants appointed on promotion will usually receive the greater of the new salary range minimum or a 10% increase on their current base pay. Current specialist allowances or specialist pay ranges are not taken into account for salary calculations.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace


Benefits

BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

• A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working and compressed hours.

• Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

• A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

• An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

• Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security 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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note - the CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Applications will be sifted on personal statement.

Your personal statement (no more than 500 words) should answer the following:

Tell us why you are applying to the Business and Engagement Officer role at the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and what skills you would bring to further the success of the GCA.

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Expected Week of Sift : 20 September 2021

Expected Week of Interviews : 11 October 2021

Interview Location: Microsoft Teams

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

BEIS wants to be accessible for all, and this includes offering assistance to attend interviews. The offer is targeted toward those from a lower socio-economic background, or who struggle to cover the cost of attending an interview. Please see the attached guidance document at the bottom of this Civil Service Jobs advert. Embedded in the document on page 5, are 2 documents that must be completed and returned to the email addresses listed on the forms to claim an expenses payment. If you have any issues accessing these documents please contact us at [email protected]

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

If the successful candidate is not currently a civil or public servant they will be recruited permanently by BEIS and then seconded to the GCA.

Non civil servants (including Public Servants employed by public bodies and transferred into BEIS) will be expected to start at the salary minimum if successful. Civil servants appointed on level transfer will retain their existing salary. Civil servants appointed on promotion will usually receive the greater of the new salary range minimum or a 10% increase on their current base pay. Current specialist allowances or specialist pay ranges are not taken into account for salary calculations.

Contract Details

This post is advertised as a Fixed Term or Loan contract for a period of 2 years.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

Feedback

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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.
Job Sector
Other
Job Position
Other
Estimated Salary
£33,570.00 - £36,525.00 / year
City/Town
London
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