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Senior Policy Advisor - Trade Promotion

Company: Ministry of Justice    Location: Cardiff
The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is the face of the UK Government in Wales and the voice of Wales in Westminster. We support the Secretary of State for Wales and his Ministerial team in representing Wales at the heart of Government. We work in partnership with other Government Departments and other stakeholders to deliver a stronger Wales within a strong United Kingdom.
Our departmental values are Commitment; Collaboration and Quality. These shape how we operate in a challenging, demanding and fast paced environment which requires flexibility, transparency and professionalism.
This is an exciting time to be involved in devolution-related matters. Following the EU referendum, the union is more of a priority than ever to this Government and the need for Whitehall departments to understand how to work with the devolved administrations in the context of legislative change has never been greater. This vacancy is a role at the heart of Government, monitoring Government policy and how it affects Wales and liaising with the whole of Government to influence on a whole range of policy issues.
As a member of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales the successful candidate would be an employee of the Ministry of Justice, as parent Department. The Wales Office itself is based over two sites, in Cardiff Bay and Whitehall. The job could be based either in Cardiff or in Whitehall but as with any Wales Office role, travel between sites and elsewhere may be required in order to build relations with policy colleagues and ensure a unified and effective department.

Branch Description (optional)
The Wales Office Economy and International Trade team is responsible for advising the Secretary of State on domestic and international economic policy, as well as engaging with businesses in Wales. The team also leads on matters relating to transport infrastructure and welfare reform.
The post holder will work with the Grade 7 team leader to support Ministers to promote trade and investment in Wales. This will include significant engagement with businesses across Wales, as well as working closely with the Department for International Trade and the Welsh Government to ensure businesses have access to all relevant UK Government support.
This post will involve the opportunity to work very closely with Ministers and colleagues across UK Government to shape and drive forward a key priority for the Wales Office.
Job Description

The key responsibilities of the role are:
  • Work with the Grade 7 to effectively support Ministers to represent Welsh interests in the UK Governments trade policy and the UK Governments interests in Wales.
  • Effectively manage and develop a reliable network of key Stakeholders in Whitehall, the Welsh Government and with businesses and individuals across Wales.
  • Work with Other Government Departments across Whitehall, the Welsh Government, and businesses in Wales to provide advice on Trade promotion and ensure businesses across Wales have access to appropriate support.
  • Work closely with the Wales Office Communications Team and play a lead role in identifying and preparing for relevant trade events and visits for senior officials and Ministers.
  • Play a full and active role in the wider team. Drafting high quality advice and submissions to the Secretary of State, Ministers and senior officials, including on areas that fall outside the portfolio, should the need arise.
Skills & Qualifications
Excellent written and oral skills are vital to this post as you will be responsible for providing a variety briefing to ministers and senior officials on matters related to international trade, including submissions, cabinet committee briefings and parliamentary questions. It is also essential that you have strong communication skills to build relationships with key stakeholders. Oral and written Welsh language skills would be an advantage but not essential.
Given the high level of exposure to Ministers inherent in a small Department like the Wales Office, the ability quickly to win the respect and confidence of UK Government Ministers and senior Whitehall officials will also be important, as will sound judgement and political awareness.
Further Information
Some of MoJs terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ´modernised´ terms in their current post or onto ´unmodernised´ MoJ terms if they are on ´unmodernised´ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
You will be required to deliver against the following competencies:
Seeing the Big Picture Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and teams work
Leading and Communicating Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed
Collaborating and Partnering Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
Delivering at Pace Show a positive approach in keeping their own and the teams efforts focused on the goals that really matter.
Please note that if we have 20 or more applications per post, we reserve the right to sift only on a lead competency which on this occasion will be leading and communicating.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJs terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ´modernised´ terms in their current post or onto ´unmodernised´ MoJ terms if they are on ´unmodernised´ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual Leave
Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
A range of Family Friendly policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
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.

Interview dates

To be confirmed

Contact information

Closing date: 26th January 2018 at 23;55 hours
If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Please quote the job reference 15331

Level of security checks required

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), Counter-Terrorism Check (CTC)

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why.

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

You´ve been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
You were studying abroad
You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

You will be required to provide statements describing your skills and experience relevant to each of the stated competencies below.
We recommend that you structure your example as Situation, Task, Action and Result.
For further details on civil service competency framework see

In the event of a large number of applications, a sift on the lead competency may take place. If this happens, the lead competency will be the first one listed in the advert.
During the application or interview process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment. If this is applicable this will be listed in the advert or when you are invited to interview.
if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL ( ) in the first instance

Competence 1

Seeing the Big Picture

Competence 2

Leading and Communicating

Competence 3

Collaborating and Partnering

Competence 4

Delivering at Pace

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