Whether recruiting to a new post or refilling a vacant post, consider the requirements for it carefully and compile a business case (or equivalent), in accordance with local requirements (eg any headcount control measures etc). A 'Business case considerations (PDF)' checklist is available when assessing the requirements.
When defining the role, consider any duties or risks associated with the post which may mean the successful postholder would be subject to additional pre-employment checks, such as criminal record or background checks, or a fitness to work assessment by Occupational Health. This will help to:
Obtain departmental and/or divisional authorisation for recruitment according to departmental or divisional protocols.
Ensure there is funding available to support posts at the appropriate grade and for the complete duration of the proposed contract, before an appointment is made (see Financial Regulations 3.2 (3)).