Senior Recruitment Consultant

Job Description

Our Senior recruitment Consultants have overall responsibility for their teams filling vacancies, performing to a high level and fostering good working relationships with designated groups of stakeholders.

We are looking for a high performing individual who enjoys working at a fast pace and has experience leading and developing teams of recruitment consultants to deliver great results.

Some of the activities you’ll do to achieve this will be:

• Developing and implementing significant process change and efficiencies across a range of recruitment activity;

• Partnering with stakeholders across Office of National Statistics (ONS), UK Statistics Authority, other Government Departments and externally putting in place strategic plans to meet resourcing needs across the organisation;

• Leading teams to deliver successful recruitment plans, including reviewing, learning and evolving to continually improve services;

• Empowering the team to be proactive in sourcing candidates across your portfolio of roles, not waiting for candidates to come to you;

• Keeping abreast of changes to Civil Service policy and procedures, employment law and cascading any updates to team, driving change and continuous improvement across all aspects of recruitment;

Some travel will be required to ONS sites as well as Other Government Departments;

Person specification

Essential skills:

• Strong leadership of a large team, demonstrated by the successful delivery of outcomes to support organisational priorities;

• A thorough knowledge and demonstrable experience of the recruitment lifecycle, ability to create and deliver innovative recruitment solutions via teams;

• A good collaborator with effective negotiation skills and resilience to work successfully with a variety of stakeholders;

• A broad understanding of the market you’re operating in and the ability to apply this to the organisations objectives;

• Ability to analyse recruitment data to inform team planning.


• You would be a member of one of the following professional bodies: REC; CIPD; BPS;

• You will have some background in selection and assessment such as: understanding the main strengths and weakness of a variety of selection techniques such as interviews, assessment centres and or psychometric tests;

• You will have a wealth of experience managing a multi functional recruitment team.

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Benefits

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

If you want your contribution to count and to work where you’ll be really valued, come and join us.

We know that excellent results can only be achieved by investing in and retaining the people who work for us. This is why our people count in more ways than one.

Apart from crunching the numbers that shape big decisions, we look after the interests of our staff. We invest in training and development to enhance skills and also offer a good work-life balance to improve well-being and staff retention.

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:

• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;

• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;

• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;

• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;

• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;

• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;

• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;

• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;

• Cycle to work scheme

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 security 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
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1000 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation will be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

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
ONS employees undertaking their probation or those who are currently under a formal plan must remain in their current post for the duration of the agreed period.

ONS employees who have successfully gained a lateral move or promotion that was advertised through the Civil Service Jobs either Internal or Across Government should remain in that post for a minimum period of one year before applying for any further advertised lateral moves.

ONS employees that are applying on promotion, or have been at their substantive grade for more than one year are eligible to apply for any vacancy that is advertised on the CS Jobs website either Internal or Across Government.

All ONS employees can apply for vacancies advertised as External.

Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location
Sift of all applicants will take place: 1st October 2019

Interviews will take place at our Newport site on: 8th and 10th October 2019

Further information
Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. *If transferring from a post with a London pay addition to a National post you will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone.

Civil Servants joining on promotion will receive either the minimum entry point, or 10% on top of their base salary in their substantive grade, whichever is greater. * Employees transferring on promotion from a post with a London pay addition to a National post will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone before the promotion increase is applied.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience in very exceptional cases

For those successful candidates joining ONS we will record and retain your nationality information on our human resources management system for the sole purpose of understanding the nationality diversity within ONS. We will not report on this on an individual basis in a way that you would be identifiable. We will only retain this information for the shortest time needed. Should you wish for us not to collect and retain this information, please email:

This position/s does not attract a relocation package.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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