Assistant Inspector (AI)

Salary Minimum: £30,989 – £47,591 (dependant on base location)

Closing date: 31/01/2020, 23:55 hours

Region: This is a national post so the location for successful candidates is flexible. AIs will be deployed across in England and Wales and possibly further afield.


We are offering these posts on a two-year secondment or a two-year fixed term contract. We may also be able to offer a limited number of permanent contracts after a period of proven ‘good’ performance. The location of these posts is flexible.

If seconded, remuneration (salary and any taxable allowances), pay progression and employment terms & conditions will be the same as currently received from the seconding employer.

For all other candidates, please note that the starting salary will be £30,989.

We are seeking candidates with experience of assessing the quality of work being delivered to those who have offended, proven strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate confidently and the ability to engage with front-line staff and deliver honest and open feedback.



Assistant Inspectors (AIs) play a key role in HMI Probation’s inspections of adult and youth offending work. During inspection visits they examine and assess the quality of practice carried out by front-line staff, against HMI Probation’s published inspection standards.

The inspection programme for AIs is demanding and staff will be expected to work away from home for up to three weeks out of every four on inspection duties and may be required to be away from home in addition to this, for example to undertake training.

AIs will be deployed across in England and Wales and possibly further afield.


Key requirements of the role

  • Work as part of HMI Probation’s team of inspection staff by undertaking assessments of front-line practice, including observation of interventions being delivered
  • Provide accurate and concise written feedback to lead inspectors on individual cases
  • Provide feedback to individual case managers/ responsible officers about their work
  • Lead and facilitate meetings of staff groups and service users
  • Contribute to HMI Probation’s work on policy areas, based on inspection findings
  • Undertake work on joint inspection programmes, working collaboratively with colleagues from other Inspectorates
  • Deliver training to probation and youth offending staff on how to assess practice, using HMI Probation’s inspection standards
  • Provide briefings to HMI Probation staff on specified subject areas
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings
  • Recognise and promote diversity issues in all aspects of work
  • Undertake other work as allocated by HM Chief Inspector

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Inspection Support Administrator (one post) and Corporate and PA Assistant (one post)

Salary Minimum: £19,926 – £21,488

Closing date: 10/02/2020, 23:55 hours

Inspection Support Administrator


The operations team is part of HMI Probation’s Operations Directorate and has responsibility for the delivery of operational logistics planning and management and inspection support.

The Inspection Support Administrator is responsible for supporting the Inspection Support Officer in ensuring that all processes to enable the delivery of inspections are completed in an accurate and timely manner.

This post is based in Manchester, however there will be occasional travel required to inspection planning meetings and the annual staff conference.

 Key requirements of the role


  • Ensure a high standard of planning and support to HMI Probation’s inspections, with work completed accurately and to agreed timescales
  • Produce all inspection documentation to the required standard and meeting inspection milestones
  • Selection of case samples in accordance with specified criteria
  • Schedule inspection fieldwork weeks, taking into account availability and diversity needs of those being interviewed
  • Monitor the planning process of all inspections and react promptly to changes and issues that arise
  • Make hotel and travel arrangements and provide other logistical support as required
  • Monitor the HMI Probation Admin mailbox, dealing appropriately with emails received
  • Liaise with lead inspectors and external stakeholders for each inspection to understand their requirements and facilitate good working relationships
  • Maintain robust record retention systems, ensuring risks to delivery are identified with managers
  • Recognise and promote diversity issues in all aspects of work


Corporate and PA Assistant


The corporate services team is part of HMI Probation’s Operations Directorate and has responsibility for the delivery of PA support, HR, recruitment, health & safety, business continuity, office management, induction and non-inspection related training.

The Corporate and PA Assistant is responsible for supporting the Chief Inspector’s PA in providing a high level of executive support to HM Chief Inspector of Probation and their senior team. They will also support the Corporate Services Officer in the delivery of a wide range of corporate service functions, including recruitment and induction.

This post is based in Manchester.

 Key requirements of the role


  • Supporting the PA to the Chief Inspector and the Corporate Services Officer in the range of their roles.
  • Maintaining shared and individual mailboxes
  • Responding to external enquiries, with support when required from the Chief Inspector’s PA and the Senior Officer (Corporate)
  • Providing PA cover for the Chief Inspector, when the PA is absent from work
  • Organising room bookings and booking travel and accommodation
  • Printing, photocopying and electronic filing
  • Assisting with processing the Chief Inspector’s expenses
  • Updating and maintaining registers, including ensuring that our responsibilities in respect of staff driving on duty are adhered to and that our emergency contact lists are up to date
  • Assist with the management of our offices, including stationary ordering
  • Provide support with recruitment campaigns
  • Provide support to organisational meetings, including cover for minute taking and admin support
  • Recognise and promote diversity issues in all aspects of work


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