Vacancy -- Welsh Government Fixed Term and Secondment Opportunities, Senior Executive Officers Recruitment Campaign
Details of Opportunity
The Welsh Government works by the values set out in the Civil Service Code: integrity, objectivity, honesty and impartiality. In addition we have our own values and expectations which encapsulate our 'Welsh way' of working. These also reflect the ambitions set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
Our Senior Executive Officers provide a key role in the Welsh Government and are expected to take high level responsibility for specific areas of work, for leading and managing teams and their workloads, and for delegating tasks. SEOs contribute significantly to the thinking and decision-making which takes place in policy development, strategy and business planning. In doing so they will work closely with senior managers. They may also have significant responsibilities for internal and external stakeholder and customer management and liaison.
Currently, Welsh Government have a broad range of priority roles available which require skills, experience and knowledge in line with the SEO Grade Description and Behaviours listed below. The roles appointed to via this scheme will be in areas such as policy development and delivery, project management and operational delivery. There may also be roles supporting a range of professions across Welsh Government, such as the Legal Services, Digital Data and Technology, or Communications professions.
What the organisation will expect from you in a SEO role
- You will be responsible for managing specific areas of work using your knowledge or experience to exercise sound judgement when interpreting complex or conflicting information, weighing up a number of factors and evidence to produce constructive ideas and solutions.
- You will be innovative in your approach to problem solving. You will act independently looking for new opportunities, developing new solutions. You will be responsive and adaptive, developing new options as things change.
- You will develop political awareness and an understanding of the political landscape. You will use this when considering the impact of your decisions and work on the wider business area, and when formulating proposals for senior individuals.
What your team will expect
- You may be required to manage a team setting clear direction on achieving their objectives. You will support team members in their work such as, complex areas of work; work allocation and prioritisation; performance management; training and development; mentoring and coaching.
- You will value diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where individuals feel safe to challenge, share ideas and express concerns adopting an inclusive leadership style.
- You will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining systems or processes ensuring excellence or value for money.
What key stakeholders will expect
- You will take the lead in creating, building and maintaining constructive relationships at all levels.
- You will be able to tailor and adapt your communication style (written and verbal) to advise, guide, influence and persuade internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.
This is a great opportunity to make an impact by bringing your valuable and unique lived experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to the Welsh Government.
You will be able to develop your capabilities by being involved in a wide range of critical work (such as the COVID-19 response and EU transition) and by working with a wide range of partners e.g. local authorities, private companies and third sector organisations.
You will also be able to develop your understanding of the political landscape and the role that Ministers play in setting the agenda for your business area.
Welsh Government accepts the social model of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).
We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must pass the online tests and provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.
If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email ExternalRecruitment@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.
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Welsh Language Requirements
The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace.
The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.
Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• terms and conditions
• policies and procedures
• organisational change.
Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.
The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.
Leadership - Take into account different individual needs, views and ideas, championing inclusion and equality of opportunity for all.
Making Effective Decisions - Analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decision.
Delivering at Pace - Act promptly to reassess workloads and priorities when there are conflicting demands to maintain performance.
Developing Self and Others - Identify capability gaps for self and team.
There are four stages to the Assessment Process:
1. Application Form
When completing the Application Form for this opportunity you will be asked to provide evidence, in the form of real examples, of your skills, experience and ability in the six SEO Behaviours listed above. This is the most important part of your Application Form and will be assessed by a recruitment panel at the Sift Stage.
2. Online Test
You will be invited to complete an Online Civil Service Verbal Test. If you successfully pass this, you will then be invited to complete an Online Civil Service Judgement Test.
Only those who successfully pass both tests will progress to the Sift Stage.
If you fail either test, or fail to complete the online tests by the deadline given, unfortunately your application will not progress to the next stage. You will be notified of this outcome.
3. Sift Stage
A two stage sift process will be conducted for candidates who have passed the Online Tests.
Sift Stage 1.
The evidence you provide in your Application Form for the first two SEO Behaviours listed above (i.e. Leadership and Making Effective Decisions) will be assessed by a recruitment panel. If you are successful at this stage, your application will progress to Sift Stage 2.
Sift Stage 2.
A recruitment panel will assess the remaining four SEO Behaviours you have evidenced in your Application Form. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an Online Interview using Microsoft Teams.
If you fail either Sift Stage 1 or Sift Stage 2, unfortunately your application will not progress to Interview. You will be notified of this outcome.
4. Online Interview
The Online Interview will take place over Microsoft Teams and involve a blend of Behaviour and Strength based questions.
The Behaviour questions will explore in detail what you are capable of. The Strengths questions will explore what you enjoy and your motivations relevant to the grade requirements.
The Behaviours assessed at interview will be the same as those you have been asked to evidence in your Application Form i.e. Leadership, Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Developing Self and Others, Communicating and Influencing, and Working Together.
The Strengths tested during the interview will be Inclusive, Strategic, Networker, Adaptable.
There is no expectation or requirement for you to prepare for these Strengths questions in advance of the interview, though you may find it helpful to spend some time reflecting on what you enjoy doing and what you do well.
Following the interview, outcomes will be issued.
If you are successful, the information you have provided in your Application Form will be used to help inform which post you will be matched to.
We will be considering your skills and abilities alongside the requirements of the roles available and business priorities.
We cannot guarantee you will be offered a particular post.
When we contact candidates to confirm that they have been successful at interview we will ask whether they have any reasonable adjustments they would like us to consider when matching them to a post. This will help us ensure that each individual is matched into a suitable role.
Other vacancy related information
- Appointments through this campaign will be on a Fixed Term Appointment basis, however, if you are already employed, a secondment from your existing employer can be considered.
- A Secondee is required to remain employed by their current employer for the entire secondment period, retain their terms and conditions (as specified in the Employment Contract with their employer) and remain on their employers Pay Roll. The employer will then invoice the Welsh Government for the provision of the Secondee's Services on a quarterly arrears basis for actual salary (inc. Pension, NI etc.).
- We anticipate that the majority of candidates who seek to secure a secondment through this opportunity will move laterally, as such they would be able to remain on the same pay they receive from their employer. It is only in exceptional cases, e.g. where a secondment opportunity would equate to a temporary promotion in terms of pay, that there may be flexibility. In this situation Welsh Government may be prepared for the Secondee to be paid at the minimum of the Pay Band for the Grade being appointed to, however, the Secondee’s employer would need to be in agreement with the terms of the appointment and the temporary increase in their employees pay for the period of the secondment.
Contact point for further information: ExternalRecruitment@gov.wales
How to apply
All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.
If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail ExternalRecruitment@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.
To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system. Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account. Registration takes just a few minutes to complete. You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register. Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date. An incomplete application form will not be considered.
If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
For further information and guidance on this recruitment and assessment process, please see candidate guidance.
For further information on Civil Service Behaviours and Strengths and how they are used for recruitment in the Civil Service, please see Civil Service Success Profiles.
This vacancy is closed to applications.