Vacancy -- SEO Multiple Roles - Other Government Department Loan Opportunity (Open)

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Welsh Government
Welsh Government
SEO - £40,100 - £47,470
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Up to 2 years
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
Informal introductory conversations with Line Managers will be held virtually. Dates to be confirmed

Purpose of Post:

We are keen to utilise the expertise of staff across the Civil Service to make a practical, positive impact during these unprecedented times.

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 and, in doing so, will work closely with Heads of Branch and Deputy Directors.  They may also have significant responsibilities for internal and external stakeholder management and liaison.

We are all driven by the values set out in the Civil Service Code: integrity, objectivity, honesty and impartiality. In addition to the code we have our own values and expectations which encapsulate our 'Welsh way' of working, reflecting the ambitions set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

We have a range of priority roles that need to be filled which require a broad range of skills and experience. The roles are available within our Health and Social Services (HSS) Group, Economy, Skills and Natural Resources (ES&NR) Group, Education and Public Services (EPS) Group, and Permanent Secretary’s Group (PSG).

Successful candidates will be matched into priority posts. In applying for one of these roles therefore, you are agreeing to move into a post that is deemed most appropriate from the information you provide.

Key tasks:

What the organisation will expect

  • You will be responsible for managing defined areas of work using your specialist 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 and be responsive enough to adapt and develop new options as circumstances change. 
  • You will show political awareness and an understanding of the political landscape when considering the impact of your decision and work on the wider business area and when formulating proposals for Senior Managers and Ministers.

What the 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 oral) to advise, guide, influence and persuade internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.

Development opportunities:

This is a great opportunity to make an impact by bringing your valuable knowledge, skills and experience to a different government department. You will also be able to develop your capability and skill sets by being involved in a wide range of critical work, including priorities such as the COVID-19 response and EU transition.

Closing Date:

08/12/2021, 12:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition 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 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 as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

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.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Social Partnership

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:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         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.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Proven track record of managing staff and performance, resources and projects to ensure effective delivery.

Assessment Process

Please see the candidate pack linked here.

Our OGD adverts are going to be running until we have filled all vacant roles. Therefore there won’t be a closing date and applications will be sifted and appointed as they come in.  Once we are close to filling all our vacant posts we will contact all candidates who have started an application to notify you that the advert will be closing in two weeks from the email date.

Other Information

  • Postings and Terms and Conditions
  • The inward loan opportunities are only open to current Civil Servants (on a loan only basis).
  • Roles are available for either short-term opportunities (6-12 months) or longer term opportunities (up to a maximum of 2 years).
  • You are not expected to gain a permanent transfer across to the Welsh Government.
  • All roles are available at substantive grade and lateral transfer only.
  • Temporary promotion or permanent promotion opportunities are not available through this opportunity, however, many of the roles will offer the opportunity to gain valuable experience, broaden networks and learn new skills.
  • We will make every effort to match you to a role based on the evidence you provide in your application form. 
  • We cannot guarantee you will be offered a post or a particular post.If you are successfully matched to a role, you will move under formal Inward Loan arrangements, i.e. you will move onto the Welsh Government’s Terms and Conditions.
  • Your current substantive salary will be matched to the nearest pay point within the grade pay band, with no detriment
  • You need to have your line management and employer’s agreement to release you if you were successful in your application. Unfortunately if you do not have their agreement, your application will be rejected as we are unable to consider it. This is because you will be expected to take up post quickly once you have been matched to a post.
  • We welcome applications from individuals from across the different professions and those with specialist or general skills.
  • We particularly welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic and disabled people and are committed to supporting all staff to thrive in an inclusive working environment.
  • We are supportive of home working and tailoring patterns to individual circumstances. In the short term, the majority of post holders will be based at home/working remotely.
  • Whilst Welsh language skills are not an essential requirement for the selection process for this campaign, we encourage applications from individuals who are able to work bilingually. 
  • As this a loan opportunity, please keep in mind that if the post comes to an end, you will be expected to return to your existing organisation. /

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  

To apply for an inward loan opportunity, you'll need to prepare a Lateral Moves CV template. If this is not completed and/or submitted, the application will not be considered.

In the lateral moves CV application, you will be required to provide 500 words against the following:

  • Tell us about a time when you have managed staff, managed performance, resources and projects to ensure effective delivery.  What was the impact and outcome?

You will also required to state your skills and experience, a brief career history as well as your preference for Group/Department and core priority work area.

Further information about the opportunities and the stages of the selection and matching process can be found in the attached candidate pack here.

If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability 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.  

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.

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