Grade 7 - Parliamentary Clerk
UK Government - Cabinet Office
a month ago

Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.

The Cabinet Office Purpose is:

to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
to support the design and implementation of HM Government’s policies and the Prime Minister’s priorities; and
to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.

The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.

An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.

At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-

treating everyone with Respect
actively Collaborate, and
build Trust

We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.

Business unit information

The Parliamentary and Correspondence Team (PCT) manages the Cabinet Office’s relationship with Parliament and the public, preparing Ministers for all forms of parliamentary business and drafting replies to written correspondence on Cabinet Office policies from parliamentarians and citizens.

Within the Parliamentary Branch, the Parliamentary Business sub-team is responsible for all business in the House of Commons, House of Lords, Westminster Hall and Select Committees, the Legislation & Capability sub-team is responsible for coordinating the Cabinet Offices’ legislation programme, and building parliamentary capability, and the Questions, Briefing & Insight sub-team is responsible for written and oral questions, briefing, and planning.

Job Description

This is a high profile and demanding position that involves working closely with Ministers, Special Advisers, Senior Civil Servants and teams across Whitehall to deliver an essential departmental function. The post-holder will report to the Head of the Parliamentary and Correspondence Team, with the role suiting individuals who are comfortable working at pace, have experience of leading high profile projects and/or teams, are comfortable engaging with seniors, enjoy working autonomously, have strong political awareness and possess a detailed understanding of how Whitehall operates.

Responsibilities will include:

Oversight of all Cabinet Office Parliamentary business, managing the oral and written parliamentary question processes, and preparing Ministers for debates in Parliament.

Managing the Department’s relationship with select committees.

Co-ordinating. the Department’s secondary legislation programme.

Briefing Ministers and senior officials on parliamentary procedure, and advising policy colleagues how to work with Parliament.

Running a programme to increase parliamentary capability within the Department.

Line management/oversight of the Deputy Head of Parliamentary Branch (SEO), 3 Deputy Parliamentary Clerks (HEO), 5 Assistant Parliamentary Clerks (EO) and 3 Parliamentary Officers (AO).

Setting the strategic direction for the Parliamentary Branch, including planning to improve and sustain performance, and sitting on the Senior Leadership Team for Parliamentary and Correspondence.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Able to balance a large number of competing priorities, and set strategic priorities for the team.

Experience of working in/with Parliament, and working directly with Ministers.

Excellent communication skills, and outstanding political awareness.

Leading and managing change, across a highly pressurised team.

Experience of leading and managing a team, delegating responsibility and supporting individuals to develop and grow in their roles.


We will be testing the following behaviours as part of the application process:

Managing a Quality Service

Seeing the Big Picture

Communicating and Influencing

Making Effective Decisions

If a large number of applications are received, we will do an initial sift based on the lead behaviour of Managing a Quality Service.

The interview will comprise behaviour, experience and strength based questions as listed above. The strength based questions will require natural responses from the candidate. There will be a presentation at interview to assess experience.

Due to the high volume of applications received for Cabinet Office vacancies, we regret that feedback is only available - at the discretion of the vacancy manager - following the interview stage. Vacancy managers may sift on one lead behaviour at the application stage.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.


Please refer to job description


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension