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The Defence Infrastructure Organisation are flexible in the location you work and are advocates of smarter working practices. The base location for these roles can be any DIO Location in the UK, but the centre of activity for the Army role is Andover and the centre of activity for the Air role is Cambridgeshire.

About the job


MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) enables Defence people to live, work, train and deploy at home and overseas. As one of the largest landowners in the UK (c. 2% of UK landmass), we manage assets worth £28bn, with an annual budget of £3.3bn.

DIO is undertaking an ambitious series of estate development and construction programmes on behalf of our customers and as a Programme Director within Major Programmes and Projects (MPP) you will have the opportunity to lead one of the most important and challenging of these.

The role is an opportunity to play a central role in Major Programme and Project leadership in Defence and deliver a programme of work that is a key enabler for some of the MoD’s most important strategic outputs. As a member of the senior management team, you will lead the delivery of key objectives through the programme and also provide a strategic perspective on best practice in Government programme delivery. You will work with and be supported by a talented pool of people and you need to be passionate about developing the potential of others to deliver a first-class service.

This post is a senior level appointment within the DIO’s Major Programmes and Projects directorate (MPP). MPP is accountable and responsible for the delivery of capital infrastructure projects and programmes in the UK and overseas, the current portfolio is valued at over £10bn, with investment exceeding £1bn per annum. MPP provides: infrastructure delivery leadership and management; subject matter expertise; and crown assurance of programme and project delivery. MPP is deeply involved in its projects, from initial assessment of need, early-solution development through to procurement, construction, and handover to customers. Each project and programme forms an important, and in many cases key component, of national Defence capability, operating through a geographically dispersed organisation.

Job description

DIO is seeking to appoint two Programme Directors, Programme Director – Army Infrastructure and Programme Director – Air Infrastructure, who will be accountable for all aspects of delivery over a large and active portfolio of projects, leading a multi skilled team throughout the UK and overseas. Projects range in scale and complexity from major construction to facilities upgrade, most of which take place in a live operational environment.

You will be responsible for the delivery and leadership of customer strategic programmes, whilst adhering to programme management and controls, and all agreed DIO and Top Level Budget Holder (TLB) processes and operating procedures, including commissioning and assurance of all P3M outputs. The post holder will be responsible for managing relationships with all stakeholders to ensure performance is optimised, and will be required to manage the political dimensions associated with high profile delivery in a department of state.

Although the role is within a highly controlled environment, the management structure is such that there is considerable flexibility in the way that decisions are taken, and work is directed.

The DIO is seeking to appoint an exceptional leader and role model with a proven track record of programme delivery and customer focus across a large scale, diverse and technically complex infrastructure portfolio. Positive, driven and a natural collaborator, you will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, commercial acumen, and the intellectual confidence to succeed. You will inspire others and operate successfully with senior level customers and stakeholders.

The role is rich and diverse and provides unique opportunities for highly motivated and inspirational professionals with appropriate vision, leadership and communication skills, to join this dynamic and forward-thinking organisation as it enters the next phase of its development


  • Leading the Project and Programme Delivery team in the delivery of the projects and programmes to the satisfaction of our customer
  • Leadership and Management of staff
  • Leadership and Management of the Project Delivery team, building upon team members existing capabilities though the development, training and mentoring of individuals.
  • Engagement with customer and senior stakeholders, at a level commensurate with such a high-profile programme.
  • Delivering Programme outputs through direction of our supply chain and Industry Partners utilising the principles of recognised best practise in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management.
  • Performance management of supply chain partners, both consultants and contractors.
  • Governance and assurance of delivery.
  • Development and promotion of a clearly sustainable organisation, with clear succession planning and team development and performance management plans.
  • Development of the organisational structure to promote clear accountabilities, and the opportunities for team members to succeed in their roles.
  • Play a vital role in contributing to the future development of MPP.


You should be an appropriately qualified and experienced professional, with membership of a relevant professional body.


You should be an appropriately qualified and experienced professional, with membership of a relevant professional body.


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

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Sunday 6th September. You will be required to provide the following:

1. Some basic, personal information;
2. A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements;
3. A statement of suitability (1000 words max) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification. Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to take part in a series of leadership assessments. These assessments will not result in a pass or fail decision. Rather, they are designed to support the panel’s decision making and highlight areas for the panel to explore further at interview.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

The final selection panel interview is expected to take place remotely late October.

If you encounter any issues with your online application or if you would like to discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact: [email protected]
Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Any move to The Ministry of Defence will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.
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.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :   MOD Recruitment
Email :   [email protected]
Recruitment team :
Email :   [email protected]


Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact [email protected] in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can Click here to visit the Civil Service Commission.

Job type
Full-Time, Flexible work
Construction, Architecture, Property & Facilities Services
Job Sector
Public Sector
Job Position
Programme Director
Estimated Salary
£90,000.00 / year
Cambridgeshire, UK
Post date
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