DWP Executive Officer - Universal Credit Job Centre - Work Coach - Leicester and Northamptonshire

DWP Executive Officer - Universal Credit Job Centre - Work Coach - Leicester and Northamptonshire Leicester, England

Department for Work and Pensions
Full Time Leicester, England 28117 GBP ANNUAL Today
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Executive Officer
EO National

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Operational Delivery

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Full-time, Part-time, Part Year

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Coalville, Corby, Daventry, Hinckley, Kettering, Leicester Charles St, Leicester Wellington St, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough, Loughborough

About the job

Job summary

About the job

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. We are the UK's biggest public service department and administer the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.

DWP is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and we aspire to being the most inclusive employer in the United Kingdom.

The Work Coach role is rewarding, varied and complex and no two days will be the same as you will be dealing with different customers face to face and their specific support needs each day.

If you’re looking for a career that makes a clear and positive difference to people’s lives, then a DWP Executive Officer role may be an ideal for you!

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Job description

As a Work Coach you hold a vital role in the Department, helping individuals and their families towards financial independence through work and enabling them to claim the support they need as they progress.

Work Coaches are customer-focused, dedicated individuals and able to deliver exceptional service with empathy and compassion to people who need their support.

As a Work Coach, you will use sound judgement to help people through some difficult, challenging times in their lives, and your tailored coaching can make a huge difference to their ability to find, stay in, and progress in a job.

If you're looking for a job that makes a clear difference to people's lives, a Work Coach role in DWP could be just what you are looking for.

Key Accountabilities

The Work Coach role is wide-ranging and diverse. You will be working with customers, employers and colleagues through a combination of face to face, digital and telephone contact on a daily basis. Some of the main activities are set out below:

  • Providing support to customers claiming Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support.
  • Offering quality advice to customers about job search actions, supporting them to job search effectively in a largely digital world, and matching to suitable vacancies.
  • Meeting your legal duty to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and making sure your customers get the additional support and advice to help them access our services
  • Building positive relationships with customers that encourages, motivates, and builds trust.
  • Developing an in-depth knowledge of local employment opportunities and the support our service partners offer.
  • Making timely decisions, based on customer needs, and referring them to appropriate help and support.
  • Be accountable for performance and management of your caseload.

Person specification

What we are looking for:

  • Effective communication skills both verbally and in writing to a wide range of diverse customers,
  • The ability to understand complex information and give clear explanations to the customer.
  • You will be able to coach customers to improve their movement in to work
  • You must be able to navigate a range of computer systems to action tasks as well as coach customers to. be confident using digital work search tools.
  • You’ll also be required to handle telephony queries and have the ability to manage difficult situations where required in a calm and professional manner.

If you’re looking for a career that makes a clear and positive difference to people’s lives, then being a Work Coach may be an ideal role for you! You can find out more and apply here.

Do you want to be part of a team where you can be yourself, feel supported, empowered, valued, respected, fairly treated and able to achieve your full potential?

If your answer is Yes. Join us!

We have exciting, challenging and rewarding roles available across DWP.

We are looking for people who are customer focused, with the right skills, commitment and capability to deliver an exceptional public service.

Please note: Near miss offers may be made at Administrative Officer (AO) to candidates who do not meet the required standard for Executive Officer (EO). These roles may be permanent or Fixed Term appointments dependent on business requirements.


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

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


With great benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working patterns available
  • Competitive maternity, paternity, and parental leave
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Employee Assistance Programme with emphasis on wellbeing
  • Career and Personal Development through Operational Delivery Profession
  • Employee discount schemes

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Ability.

Stage 1- Apply

Please complete the application form and write up to 500 words providing examples of how things you have done in the past and your skills and experience help you demonstrate the Civil Service Behaviour Communicating and Influencing (Level 2).

The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. Applications will be screened and if evidence of plagiarism or copying examples/answers from other sources is found, your application will be withdrawn. Internal DWP candidates may also face disciplinary action.

More information on Success Profiles and Civil Service Behaviours can be accessed by clicking the links.

Stage 2 - Selection

After submitting your application, you will be sent an invitation with a link to complete an online Situational Judgement Test. This is designed to test your skills for the EO role. You must complete and submit the test by the deadline stated in your invitation. If you do not complete and submit the test before the deadline, your application will not progress.

If you pass the Situational Judgement Test your written application form evidence will be assessed. If you meet the required standard and your application is successful, you will receive an invitation to a pre-recorded interview.

You will be assessed against three Civil Service Behaviours (Level 2)

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

The evidence you provide must relate to your own thoughts and experiences.

Feedback will only be provided following an interview.

More information about the job role and additional guidance on the selection process is available here.

Stage 3 - Offer

Offers will be made in merit order and business continuity.

Candidates should note that if successful in this campaign, you will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before applying for any other lateral moves within DWP.

Reserve List

You may be placed on a reserve list if your application is successful but we cannot immediately offer you a post, please note:

  • If you accept an offer of a post, you will be expected to withdraw from any other live campaigns you have applied for, with DWP, at this grade.
  • If you are offered the role you applied for, in a location you have expressed a preference for, and you decline the offer or are unable to take up post within a reasonable timeframe you will be withdrawn from the campaign and removed from the reserve list, other than in exceptional circumstances*.
  • If DWP makes an offer of an alternative role or location to that which you originally applied for, and you decline that offer, you will be able to remain on the reserve list.

Note - Exceptional circumstances could be when a candidate has requested a contractual Part Time Working Pattern and this pattern cannot be accommodated in the initial role offered or in cases of serious ill health

Further Information

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this search: Equality and diversity - Department for Work and Pensions - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans scheme’ makes it easier for veterans to join the Civil Service. For further information please go to the Civil Service Making the Civil Service a Great Place to Work for Veterans - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) If you wish to be considered for inclusion in this scheme please tick this box when applying.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. For further information please go to the Civil Service Prison Leaver recruitment page on GOV.UK.


Successful candidates will be appointed to a particular DWP office but may be required to travel regularly and on a potentially daily basis to other DWP premises or locations in the community that are within a reasonable daily commute from the home office. Successful candidates may also be required to work from home on occasion.

Job offers will be made in merit order. If you are successful and your selected location(s) have been filled at the time of offer, DWP may offer you a role from other locations listed within this advert within a reasonable travelling distance of your home.

Please note, additional locations may be available at the posting stage.


Please note that successful part time and job share candidates may be required to work full time for a number of weeks to complete and consolidate training.


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 feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL [email protected] mailto:in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission.

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

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 European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • 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
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
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.

Apply and further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

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DWP Executive Officer - Universal Credit Job Centre - Work Coach - Leicester and Northamptonshire
Department for Work and Pensions

London, United Kingdom
Peter Schofield
Unknown / Non-Applicable
10000+ Employees
National Services & Agencies
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