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East Midlands (England), East of England, London (region), North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

Job Summary

About the job

Are you an events manager with experience of managing contracts that cares passionately about staff wellbeing?

HASSRA is the officially recognised sports and leisure organisation for staff in the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care and has 60,000 members drawn mostly from DWP. It is a vibrant and successful organisation that provides a first-class programme of benefits and sports, leisure and wellbeing activities for members.

We need a committed, enthusiastic manager who likes working in a fast-paced environment and has an eye for detail. You will need to seek and act on feedback from members to continually evolve and update events and benefits to meet the constantly changing needs of HASSRA members. Recruitment and retention of new members is key to HASSRA success so you will need to find innovative ways of developing and delivering presentations/events to prospective members.

Job Description

The HASSRA Programme Delivery and Recruitment Manager is responsible for the delivery of the annual programme of national HASSRA events and for recruitment of new members. You will also play a key role in the HASSRA National Management Team, with a shared responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the organisation.

This role is unique in DWP and provides a great opportunity to work in a continually evolving and dynamic environment requiring flexibility and entrepreneurial skills in dealing with diverse partners and stakeholders. This is a demanding role where you will need to proactively manage challenging deadlines. The post will involve some essential travel and overnight stays.

Please note, this is a National position and can be located in any DWP region.

Your Role Will Include

  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of major national events, including the annual HASSRA conference, awards dinner and two annual sports festivals.
  • Management of the AGM, Awards Dinner and Festivals contracts worth £300k annually.
  • Working with volunteer and commercial partners to deliver a broad portfolio of membership benefits worth £5m annually to HASSRA members.
  • Working with HR colleagues and others to deliver wellbeing activities to staff in DWP and DHSC.
  • Developing and delivering recruitment activities to prospective members.
  • Playing a key role in the day-to-day management of the organisation.
  • Remote line management responsibility for a dispersed team of 4 EOs.

Person specification

Essential Skills

Please provide evidence of what skills/experience you have to make you suitable for this role. We will sift applications based on the criteria below:

  • Knowledge or hands on experience of letting and managing contracts with external providers.
  • Confidence in engaging with staff, external partners and stakeholders.
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to build capability in the team.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Resilience under pressure and ability to prioritise work effectively.
  • Ability to work with staff and teams across multiple locations.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.

Desirable Skills

  • Good knowledge of HASSRA business.
  • For roles located in Wales, the ability to speak Welsh is desirable.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
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Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The office location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using

Stage 1: Application & Sift

All Completed Applications Must Include

  • A completed Personal Details application form.
  • A CV (Curriculum Vitae) including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements relevant to the skills and experience outlined in this job description.
  • A Personal Statement outlining, how you meet the Essential Criteria as detailed in the job advert in no more than 1250 words.

Written Sift

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a 1250 word Personal Statement and a CV.

The written sift will be conducted using evidence from your Personal Statement. This will be assessed against the Essential Criteria outlined in the advert.

The sift panel will use the information relating to your employment history (your CV) and your Personal Statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the Essential Criteria.


When giving details of your employment history, you should include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in.

Personal Statement

When completing your Personal Statement, please read and understand the Essential Criteria. This is what your written evidence will be assessed against. The layout is entirely your choice, you may choose narrative, bullets, etc. You may choose to address each criteria separately, however, one narrative example may cover and evidence several of the Essential Criteria. Please share with us what makes you suited to this role. We would like to find out what you can do, the skills you hold and the life experience or passion that you have that could be aligned to the Essential Criteria.

Stage 2: Video Interview

Unless you are otherwise informed, the final stage of the process will be a blended video interview via Microsoft Teams. The blended interview will consist of Behaviour and Strength questions. The Behaviours being assessed at interview are

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service.

All elements of the interview will be via video link, and the whole process should take approximately 30-40 minutes.

Blended Interview

A blended interview aims to be more of a conversation at interview, offering a more inclusive approach.

The Strength and Behaviour based questioning explores what the candidate can and has done, but also their potential.

Approximate Sift And Interview Dates

Sift – 13th to 28th October

Interviews – Week commencing 7th November

Sift and Interview dates are subject to change.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service/ Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email [email protected]

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

DWP takes development seriously. Our aim is for our colleagues in these roles to be appropriately skilled and qualified – as determined by the business. To support this aim you may be required to undertake a work based qualification, which may be in the form of an apprenticeship, which will support you in further developing your professional knowledge and skills for this role and your future career development. The qualification can be undertaken in work time, you agree to take this job on the basis that you may be required to undertake a work based qualification; a candidate’s failure to participate fully in the professional programme, once appointed, may be a breach of their employment contract.


If you hold a level 3 qualification (2 A levels or equivalent) then please bring your certificates with you to the interview if you have them.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP’s terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

Reasonable Adjustment

At DWP we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce.

We consider visible and non-visible disabilities, neurodiversity or learning differences, chronic medical conditions, or mental ill health. Examples include dyslexia, epilepsy, autism, chronic fatigue, or schizophrenia.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Reasonable Adjustments” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete

Nationality Requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Working for the Civil Service


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Further information

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