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Principal Occupational Psychologist - Service Manager of SCS Assessment

Cabinet Office
Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York
£53,400, negotiable up to £65,000 for the successful candidate, depending on level of experience
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Principal Occupational Psychologist - Service Manager of SCS Assessment

Salary: £53,400
The salary is negotiable up to £65,000 for the successful candidate, depending on level of experience
Grade: 7
Contract Type: Permanent, Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Location: Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York

About us

The Senior Civil Service (SCS) Leadership Assessment Service supports the selection and recruitment for senior roles across the Civil Service.

We collaborate with government departments, functions and professions to develop and deliver high-quality, customer-focused assessment products and solutions that are grounded in occupational psychology and psychometrics.

We’re a high-performing, multi-disciplinary team at the forefront of assessment innovation. We aim to help identify and develop the best people from all backgrounds, including the Civil Service’s prestigious talent programmes, and are actively creating a growing range of evidence-based psychological assessment tools.

The role

This is a key role within the SCS Leadership Assessment Service. You’ll be instrumental in developing, managing and evaluating what we do, making sure we deliver an efficient, expert service and use best practice methods when selecting for roles.

You’ll work with key stakeholders across the UK to provide psychological advice and guidance on leadership assessments. At the same time, you’ll ensure products and services which are currently outsourced are fit for purpose. Your work is likely to involve some travel around the UK and you’ll need to work flexibly in order to deliver to deadlines.

As Principal Occupational Psychologist, you’ll work alongside the Head of the Occupational Psychology Service and provide thought leadership in all areas of recruitment, selection and development for the Civil Service. You might also be required to manage another Occupational Psychologist.

About you

We need a forward-looking occupational psychologist we can rely on. You’ll need previous leadership experience, as well as experience delivering leadership assessments and developing and implementing occupation psychology products within an applied setting.

You’ll also need the following qualifications and memberships:

  • Chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or willing and eligible to apply for registration
  • BPS Test User: Occupational, Ability (Level A)
  • BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality (Level B)


As well as excellent career progression you can expect:

  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Flexible working patterns
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme
  • 5 days of Civil Service learning opportunities each year
  • Generous cycle-to-work scheme

Closing date: 11:55pm on Sunday 3 December 2023.


We support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. We are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and we take the lead in certain critical policy areas

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