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What does a Civil Service Junior Manager do?

Civil Service junior managers, or executive officers, work in a broad range of fields. There are over 150 departments, agencies and devolved administrations in the Civil Service, dealing with developing and implementing policies, researching and advising government ministers, and ensuring the smooth running of government.

Executive officers are the first line of management in the Civil Service. Duties vary with each department, but can include:

  • being in charge of a team of administrative officers, directing their work and dealing with any problems
  • being responsible for the motivation, development and appraisal of team members
  • training in a specific area of work such as fraud investigation or immigration control, and handling a case-load
  • applying complex laws and procedures to deal with problems and enquiries
  • using computer systems and databases
  • presenting reports to senior colleagues.

What's the working environment like working as a Civil Service Junior Manager?

Most staff work 36-37 hours a week excluding breaks, although in departments where a service needs to be provided outside normal office hours, shift systems operate. Many posts operate on a flexitime system, and part-time and job-sharing opportunities are available.

Most posts are office-based, although there may be some travel involved to attend meetings, conferences or training courses. Specialist junior managers may need to visit industrial sites, business premises and other organisations depending on their departmental responsibilities.

What does it take to become a Civil Service Junior Manager?

As a Civil Service junior manager, you should:

  • be able to take responsibility and work on your own initiative without supervision
  • be good at time management, prioritising and organising your work
  • be able to manage people and resources, including allocating work and planning budgets
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • be able to lead and motivate people
  • be able to think creatively and analyse information
  • have sound judgement and discretion when dealing with confidential information.
Computer skills, language skills and numerical skills are also useful.

Civil Service Junior Manager Career Opportunities

The Civil Service is one of the country's largest employers, employing around half a million people. The majority of civil servants are based in towns and cities, with about one in five based in London.

Vacancies are advertised in Jobcentres or Jobcentre Plus offices, the press, in relevant professional journals, and increasingly on departmental web sites.

There are structured promotion systems linked to an appraisal system and it is possible to move into a more specialised area of work such as accounts or training. Most people tend to stay in the department they were recruited into, but it is possible to apply for jobs within other departments.

Fast Stream entrants can expect to become senior managers within five years.

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Facts and Stats:

  • The Ministry of Defence is British Industry''s largest single customer
  • Every year, civil servants are responsible for public spending of around £300bn
  • If every MP turned up at the chambers of the House of Commons at the same time, there would not be enough seats for them all to sit down

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