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Activities Unit Manager (AUM): Industries Manager - HMP Woodhill (Ref: 80137) (Expired)

Recruiter / Employer: SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired



This position is based at HM Prison Woodhill, MK4 4DA

About the job

Job summary

Please refer to Job Description

Job description

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 visit:

As an Activities Unit Manager (AUM) for Industries, the job holder is responsible for all activities within the Industrial Workshops and land based areas of the establishment. This can range from large manufacturing workshops for the textiles, engineering and woodwork sectors, to production workshops for the printing and contract service sectors.

The Industries Manager (IM) is the coordinating link between Instructional Officers (IOs), prison senior management, Head Quarters (Prison Industries) and the representing unions.

Staffing numbers vary depending on the size of the establishment and the nature of work undertaken.

Overview of the job    

This is a management job in an establishment.


The job holder will be responsible for activities within the industries, workshops, and land based areas where applicable, and for training within a realistic working environment. Staffing numbers will vary depending on the size of the establishment and the nature of work undertaken. The job holder will be implementing national policies to suit local needs within the function and will be responsible for the revisions of local policies, improvement plans and procedures related to industries.

This is a non-operational job with line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties    

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Responsible for ensuring all staff within Industries provide a respectful, safe decent environment for all prisoners and staff.
  • Responsible for advising Senior Management Team (SMT) on industry related areas.
  • Review and implement local industries improvement plans and reviewing industries policy annually.
  • Responsible for ensuring staff are fully trained and qualified for the activities they are employed in.
  • Responsible for setting accreditation targets for the department and monitor targets and progress against them. Visit all areas on a regular basis to check that all required work is being completed to the set standards.
  • Responsible for the performance of production workshops both in terms of prisoner occupation, production and sales turn over.
  • Responsible for monitoring performance of suppliers against contracts to ensure that contracts are running to time, cost, quality and all contractual requirements of Industry providers operating within the establishment.
  • Responsible for ensuring production is scheduled and managed to deliver targets (including income generation levels) and quality standards and maintains delivery of contractual arrangements.
  • Ensure all industries information and IT systems are kept up to date.
  • Responsible for managing the income generation targets and compliance within the work area, verifying and signing off documentation as appropriate.
  • Contribute towards developing and implementing an employment strategy for the Prison working alongside partners in the delivery of employment training, advice and guidance on release.
  • Seeking local commercial work to fill free production capacity by way of preparing quotations for external stakeholders for potential products to be manufactured within industries.
  • Manage successful private sector partnerships, Colleges and Training Centres and assist in developing links with internal/external Agencies with a view to prisoner employment and resettlement.
  • Responsible for ensuring all materials are ordered, received, logged, stored, utilised  and disposed of appropriately within the areas of activity managed.
  • Responsible for ensuring prisoners are appropriately supervised, inducted, trained and deployed and paid within the industries and that discipline, safer custody and Health and Safety practices are maintained at all times.
  • Responsible for the efficient and economical use of industries transport.
  • Managing stock and supervising the annual stock taking process.
  • Responsible for ensuring the delivery national accredited qualifications and skills to prisoners where appropriate.
  • Responsible for the provision of management / reports to HQ as required.

Undertake other management tasks including:

  • Manage devolved budgets in accordance with the financial procedures outlined in the budget delegation.
  • Responsible for the management of all staff within their area. This includes staff performance, development and annual appraisal through to sickness absence management.
  • Ensure all HMPPS standards and Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs) are implemented and managed within the relevant work area.
  • Ensure all national and local policies and procedures are implemented and compliant e.g. National Security Framework (NSF), Local Security Strategy (LSS), Finance Manual.
  • Attend as directed any relevant boards/meetings and actively contribute, either as chair or team member.
  • Provides leadership and direction to managers and staff within their defined work area through briefings, building informal and formal relationships and effective communication.
  • Produce relevant reports as required and ensure all correspondence is replied to within agreed timescales.
  • Liaise and form good relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage resources to deliver the activities within the defined work area, and contribute to the mid-to-long term business planning process.
  • Ensure the defined work area and associated activities comply with Health and Safety legislation. Ensure all risk assessments are undertaken and staff are made aware of their personal responsibility towards ensuring Health and Safety compliance.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Person specification

Please refer to Job Description


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Experienced in Quality Assurance to ISO9001 levels and have a broad understanding on Health and Safety requirements in an industrial setting.
  • Should have experience of using standard machinery and equipment and workshop health and safety legislation.


Alongside your salary of £34,862, HM Prison & Probation Service contributes £9,447 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Access to learning and development
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Season Ticket Advance

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check. Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window).
See our vetting charter (opens in a new window). 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 the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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.
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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team
  • Email :[email protected]
  • Telephone :0845 241 5358

Recruitment team

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. I you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles and would like to raise this, please contact SSCL ([email protected]) in the first instance. If the role has been advertised externally (outside of the Civil Service) and you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

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