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Home Office Return-to-Work Programme

Category: Home Office, Return to work, DDaT, Flexible Working

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Home Office Return-to-Work Programme

Location: London, Croydon, Sheffield

Start date:  September 2019 (but may be later depending on time to complete security clearance)

Programme6 month return-to-work with flexible working options available

Deadline: Sunday 24 March 2019 at 23:59

What is the Return-to-Work programme?

The Home Office Return-to-Work Programme offers placements in Digital, Data and Technolgy (DDaT), to individuals who have been away from work for an extended period. The programme provides the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of careers in the Civil Service DDaT.

The Return-to-Work placements will enable you to be involved in delivering key government objectives, while providing the chance to refresh and test your skills and experience, or build up and gain insight into new areas of interest.

These will be paid work placements at an appropriate level for the type of work and skills required. The aim is that the Programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for permanent or temporary roles within DDaT.

The Return-to-Work Programme will be open to all individuals who have taken a break from their career or profession for at least 2 years, as at September 2019.  During this time, you may have worked on a small-scale or self-employed basis to fit around your other commitments, or have not done any paid work for a number of years.

DDaT is excited to partner with Women Returners to launch this first Return-to-Work Programme. Successful applicants will receive coaching support from Women Returners, by participating in their Career Returners Coaching Programme, to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace.

About the Home Office 

The Home Office’s mission is to keep the country secure and UK citizens safe. Their objectives are to prevent terrorism, cut crime, control immigration, manage crises effectively, protect vulnerable people and promote growth. Each and every member of Home Office staff plays a part in delivering these objectives.

They cover some of the most high-profile policies in Whitehall. Home Office issues (such as anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, tackling drug use, immigration, policing and terrorism) are at the heart of the Government’s agenda.  Their responsibilities also have implications across Government, and so they work closely and cooperatively with a wide range of other departments.

The challenges the department faces are significant and can change rapidly in the global environment in which they operate. This makes the Home Office one of the most exciting and stimulating departments to work in.

About Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT)

Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) is crucial in enabling the Home Office to keep citizens safe and the country secure. It ensures the Home Office remains a modern and capable department at a time of unprecedented global change.

They design, build and operate services that are critical in helping the department achieve its mission. In DDaT, you could be part of a team which is designing and building solutions to help people prove their identity or apply for visas, or one working on the critical IT systems that support policing, counter terrorism and help protect UK borders. The success of the Home Office in this diverse range of responsibilities depends on their ability to exploit the latest technologies to create leading-edge, world class solutions whilst ensuring they are secure and resilient.

This is an exciting time to work for the Home Office as they develop some of the most challenging and transformative technology projects the department has ever seen. Working there, you’ll have a chance to shape the future and support their goal to provide exceptional services for everyone.

Their work is guided by these fundamental principles:

  • put the user’s needs first
  • place delivery and outcomes over processes
  • make the most of openness: open standards, open source, open data and open markets.

About the role

As a Delivery Manager you will organise the planning and progress-reporting of a given project/service delivery (sometimes in conjunction with a more senior Delivery Manager). You will facilitate continuous improvement and apply the most appropriate delivery methodology tools and techniques to help members of the software development team and others. You may also be expected to manage dependencies, risks, budgets, resources and overcome obstacles to get the best value from a delivery.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work with teams to create delivery plans through all stages of a project/service and ensure that they are continually reviewed and improved.
  • Use team data to understand where performance issues are causing the team pain points and slowing delivery. Work with them, applying relevant techniques, to understand and improve their performance.
  • Assist Product Managers with building roadmaps for the services/projects being delivered and ensure key milestones are logged and reported on.
  • Report progress against the plan, including the tracking of team performance and effectiveness, to a wide range of stakeholder groups.
  • Build and maintain motivated teams, protecting them from external influences that slow down the pace of delivery. Make sure teams collaborate, communicate and work together to focus on what is most important.
  • Work with the team’s Product Manager(s) to ensure they have a clear vision for the service. Ensure this vision is communicated to and understood by the team and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the regular team ceremonies and meetings required to ensure that everyone understands what is expected of them.

Record and take responsibility for managing risks, issues and dependencies of a project/service, escalating them to more senior managers when appropriate. Remove blockers from the team’s path so their progress towards their delivery targets is as smooth and clear as possible.

Person Specification

To thrive in this role, you will be someone who has:

  • The ability to effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical partners as well as facilitate discussions within a multidisciplinary team, with diverse backgrounds, points of views and ways of thinking.
  • The ability to provide a clear, open and transparent framework for teams to deliver within.
  • A passion for being an advocate on behalf of their team and defends their decision making and processes in the face of external challenge/influence.
  • An aptitude to create feedback mechanisms so that teams can measure and improve in a continuous improvement loop.
  • A will to act as the point of contact for suppliers.

Essential skills

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate the below:

  • Previous experience of working in the delivery of technology or digital based projects.
  • Proven communications skills using a variety of methods (written reports, verbal feedback, presentations, etc.), applying the appropriate method to each scenario/audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to understand, empathise, negotiate and influence individuals and groups.
  • Proven planning and organisational skills.

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge and experience of different delivery methods, and an ability to assess which methods best fit the type of project/service being delivered.
  • Proven budgeting and financial control skills as well as commercial awareness.

Salary

The roles are being offered at the salary range listed below. The salary range will be dependent on location and qualifications and there is an expectation that successful applicants new to the Civil Service will join on the pay band minimum.

London: £39,530 – £45,459

National: £35,290 – £40,582

Training

As a Delivery Manager in the Home Office, you will have access to a range of learning and development opportunities that will help you to build and progress your career. For core role skills training, the Home Office makes use of the courses available via the Government Digital Services Academy, a centralised unit who specialise in teaching public sector professionals the skills they need to build the best possible digital services for the public.

There are two key courses that they would look to enrol programme participants on; the first is the digital and agile foundation course, a 10-day course covering how to be part of a digital delivery team in government. The second is the working level course for Delivery Managers; where you will gain more experience with techniques and frameworks used by agile teams.

They also offer more informal training through “lunch-and-learns” and community events. With access to their online learning tools: Pluralsight, which contains over 7,000 courses covering all aspects of technical and digital skills which you can use to learn at your own pace, and Safari Books, a vast online library of resources for those who find reading about subjects a fun and essential part of their learning process.

Benefits

The Home Office take your development seriously. They want you to be able to build a really successful career with the Department and the wider Civil Service. It is therefore crucial you have the right skills to continually grow and progress. To support you in meeting the challenges ahead, you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure your development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of further benefits.

These include:

  • 25 days annual leave on entry (pro rata), increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 10 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays. This will be complemented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where they make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; and where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken.
  • Flexible working patterns including part-time or time-term working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours.
  • Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare.
  • Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle.
  • The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable).
  • Occupational sick pay.

Application

The Home Office is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. They encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

To apply please visit Civil Service Jobs and complete the online application process which includes providing the following:

  • Some basic, personal information.
  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please do add your career break on your CV
  • A Statement of Suitability (max 800 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the skills in the person specification.

Your application should be completed no later than 23:59 24 March 2019.  Candidates who have secured an interview are expected to be notified by week commencing 1 April 2019, with interviews anticipated during week commencing 29 April 2019.

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