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Careers at the CCRC

Any latest vacancies and how you can apply will appear on this page. We are committed to being a diverse organisation. We welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Groups.

Executive Assistant to the Chairman

Term:  Permanent. Full time.

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary:  £30,406

Location: Homebased

This is an exciting opportunity to provide full and confidential executive support to the Chairman.  

The Executive Assistant is a pivotal role within the organisation, supporting the work of the Chairman including extensive diary management. The post holder will proactively plan, organise and monitor the commitments of the Chairman. They will also work closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and their Executive Assistants (EAs) to ensure a joined-up approach. The sensitive and personal nature of aspects of the work requires the EA to have the highest levels of integrity. 

To apply, and for more information on this role please visit Executive Assistant – Civil Service Jobs – GOV.UK.  Please note that you will not be able to apply for this role using our recruitment site.

Closing date for applications: 11:55pm on 18 September 2022

Head of Investigations

Term: Permanent

Salary: £44,595 per annum based on 30 hours per week (Scale £55,000 – £58,654 full time equivalent)

Hours: Part-time, 30 hours per week (negotiable)

Location: Homebased

“Sometimes things go wrong. At the CCRC we help to put them right.”

From time to time, a criminal case ends with a wrongful conviction or sentence – there may have been errors in the original investigation or at trial, or fresh evidence may have emerged. Sometimes, wider systemic issues affect whole groups of cases leading to wrongful convictions.  Over the last 25 years, the CCRC has referred almost 800 cases for fresh appeals. 

We are looking for an open-minded and collaborative Head of Investigations to help deliver the CCRC’s core purpose of finding and investigating suspected miscarriages of justice, someone committed to achieving our strategic aims of excellence in casework and enhanced engagement with stakeholders

As Head of Investigations, you won’t have your own cases, but you will provide advice and operational assistance on the exercise of our investigative powers and you will share your extensive experience and knowledge of criminal investigations to help guide our reviews.  When necessary, you’ll ‘roll up your sleeves’ and conduct or assist in interviews with applicants and witnesses.  We’ll also look to you for advice on victim notification and risk assessments.

A highly-experienced senior police officer or equivalent, you will work closely with your own small team and with all our Case Review Managers.  You’ll be involved in some of our most complex and interesting cases, including those where we are directed by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division to investigate on their behalf, often in relation to jury irregularities.  You’ll also play a key role in any section 19 cases, where we require a Chief Constable to appoint an investigating officer to work to our directions.

Like all of your colleagues, you’ll be committed to continuous improvement, and you’ll be involved in the development of policy, practice, guidance and training.

You will work with internal and external stakeholders, so you’ll be diplomatic, adept at working with others, and alert to issues of risk and reputation.  Above all, you’ll have a strong sense of fairness and a desire to see miscarriages of justice corrected.

If that sounds like you, and you want to help shape the next 25 years of the CCRC, then we’d be delighted to hear from you.

For further information and to apply, go to our Recruitment Site

Please apply before 11.55pm on 18 September 2022

Job Alerts

You can create an alert on our recruitment website, by selecting the relevant role criteria (for example, role title and/or other search parameters). You will then be automatically notified by email when a matching role is advertised.

To create an alert – access the recruitment website

  • From the Job Search page – Type in your job search criteria or leave it blank, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Search’.
  • The system will advise whether or not there are any suitable matches or if it was a ‘blank search’, it will show all roles being currently advertised. If we are not advertising any roles you can still set up an alert.
  • At this stage you will see an action field: ‘Save this search as a job alert’ Click on here to set up your alert.
  • If you haven’t registered on our recruitment website, you will be asked to do this, please follow the onscreen instructions. Or you can log in as an existing user.
  • When this is successful, a system message will appear on the screen: Job alert successfully added.

We are the official independent body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice. Tackling complex matters, across a broad range of criminal cases, we have dealt with some of the most serious miscarriages of justice of the last 50 years.

Although rare, sometimes something goes so wrong in a criminal case that it leads to a miscarriage of justice.

There might not have been a crime at all, the wrong person may have been convicted, the process might have failed, or important new information might become available, meaning that the conviction is unsafe, or the sentence is wrong.

The CCRC is a Disability Confident employer

We are committed to being an inclusive organisation and support diversity in the Criminal Justice System. We welcome people who will bring diversity of thought and provide constructive challenge.  We encourage applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates and from individuals from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Benefits of working at the CCRC

Our working culture encourages inclusion and diversity
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • 29 working days annual leave allowance, in addition to 8 statutory bank and public holidays.
  • Generous paid maternity, paternity and shared parental leave (SPL) which is in excess of the statutory minimum.
  • The Civil Service Pensions Scheme – A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire. Visit Civil Service Pensions for more information.
  • 3 paid volunteering days per year
  • 1 paid special leave day to celebrate your birthday per year 
  • Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket and the purchase of a bicycle.
  • Occupational Health Services and an Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate.
  • We have Flexible working patterns including access to a Flexible Working Scheme, allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours per week

Our location

We are located in central Birmingham.

If you are selected for appointment, we will carry out enquiries into your previous employment, your availability to work in the UK and your health.  It is a requirement that the post holder achieves the necessary security clearance level.

Existing Civil Servants sign a new employment contract and do not have continuous service on joining us, however, pensionable service with the Civil Service Pension Scheme would continue.