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

Working for the Civil Service

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.

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

Vacancy Details

Welsh Government
Welsh Government
HEO - £32,460 - £39,690
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 Higher Executive Officers provide a key role in Welsh Government and are expected to work independently, providing sound judgement, interpreting complex or conflicting information for senior grades. HEO’s will support and develop team members through coaching and mentoring, they will manage their own and others work and priorities to ensure objectives are met to time and standard

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 will your Team expect?

  • Work independently on day-to-day issues which may include providing advice to more senior grades and supporting policy, digital, legislation or operational development work; whilst being the lead official to engage with a wide-range of stakeholders both internally and externally. (Leadership)
  • Line management of individuals or a team. Management responsibilities may include supporting team members on more difficult cases, managing work allocation and prioritisation. Responsibility for performance management, coaching, mentoring and development of staff from all backgrounds to ensure they are able reach their full potential; making sure that any development opportunities are accessible and inclusive for all. (Developing Self and Others)

What will your stakeholders expect?

  • Provide sound judgement with the ability to interpret information where issues are complex or conflicting with the ability to weigh up a number of factors to produce constructive ideas and solutions. (Communicating and Influencing)
  • Required to communicate information, to provide advice to senior colleagues on the effects of policy or operational changes and influence outcomes. (Communicating and Influencing)
  • Ability to grow strong professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders, effectively collaborating to share information, resources and support. (Working Together)

What will your organisation expect?

  • Ability to manage own and others work and prioritise to ensure that objectives are met to time and to standard, using own initiative and decision making, managing risks as appropriate. (Delivering at Pace)
  • The ability to solve problems and make operational/policy decisions and/or recommendations by choosing between a number of options which may involve researching, organising and analysing facts and data. (Making Effective Decisions)

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 EU Transition and the Covid-19 response.

Closing Date:

06/09/2022, 16:00

Disability Confident

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 own and others work and priorities to ensure objectives are met to time and standard


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 would welcome applications from individuals from across the different professions and those with specialist or general skills.
  • We would 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 your own and others work and priorities to ensure objectives are met to time and standard. 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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This vacancy is closed to applications.