The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad. We are driving an ambitious digital communications agenda, providing homes and businesses with broadband and mobile coverage. We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success.
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is the Directorate within DCMS responsible for programmes delivering superfast and full fibre networks across the UK and is made up of a number of key programmes including:
The £1.7bn Superfast Broadband Programme, created to fund further deployment of superfast broadband, once commercial deployment failed to reach many parts of the UK. The Programme achieved its target to extend coverage to 95 percent of premises by the end of 2017 and expects existing and new contracts to extend coverage by around a further two percent;
The 700MHz Clearance Programme is clearing radio spectrum for future mobile broadband use;
The Local Full Fibre Networks Programme is allocating £200m to local projects that will incentivise and accelerate commercial investment in full fibre broadband by harnessing public sector demand to reduce the financial risk for investors and stimulate the market;
Two voucher programmes, firstly the Better Broadband Scheme provides a backstop for those premises with the lowest speeds and supports them to get a better connection; and £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme offers vouchers to business and residential customers of new future proofed connectivity, to stimulate private sector demand for new full fibre networks; and
The £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme is piloting innovative approaches to deploying full fibre in the most difficult to reach areas (the "Outside 10%" of UK premises) where the market alone is unlikely to deliver. The Programme will establish new full fibre 'hubs' and enhance the voucher scheme to stimulate demand in target areas
BDUK is using its delivery experience and learning from its programmes to help develop the Government's policy for supporting full fibre rollout to the Outside 10% by 2033 - anticipated to require £3-5bn in additional funding - at the same time as the market delivers the remaining 90% on a commercial basis.
BDUK also works closely with and provides Assurance for, the 5G Testbed and Trials Programme: a major Government programme set up as a centre of excellence in 2017 to press forward the UK's work on 5G technology. The Programme encourages and funds the creation of a series of Testbeds and Trials in a range of geographic and vertical market segments.
BDUK is a dynamic delivery focused portfolio covering a breadth of programmes (outlined above) driving fibre broadband connections across the UK. The Project Directors work in regional delivery teams (Southern, Central, Northern and Devolved) each managed by a team leader. Working within this geographic area, you will act as a lead for a number of projects in that region, as well as supporting colleagues with their areas.
As a member of BDUK you will gain experience of Government delivery with a mix of career civil servants and expert contractors; including telecommunications professionals, finance, and digital & commercial specialists, analysts and project management specialists. You will also have the opportunity to work with a number of internal and external stakeholders and will gain a unique range of career development and skills learning opportunities in a Government-led and funded commercial delivery programme.
You will have the opportunity to work in a high profile, high performing team with regular exposure to ministers and senior stakeholders across the whole country, and:
Develop valuable skills and experience, including commercial and project delivery, creative and strategic policy thinking, stakeholder and sectoral management skills;
Work alongside a range of civil service and industry experts at the cutting edge of the technology sector; and
Be considered for training, including professional qualifications and development opportunities
You will be delivery focussed, have the ability to work at pace, and enjoy working to clearly defined outcomes and deadlines. You will have experience of working with various individuals and groups in a professional setting. Have good communication skills. Have good spreadsheet skills and experience of working with databases. A knowledge of, or background in, project and programme management, particularly in a digital environment is highly desirable.
Successful candidates would be expected to:
Successfully engage with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders;
Build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of people at all levels;
Develop and maintain a strong, in-depth knowledge of cross-BDUK projects along with other government departments and local government;
Provide specific support and advice relevant to the role to BDUK and our stakeholders, as needed.
Become the go-to person for queries on BDUK for a particular region.
Engaging with and supporting Local and Devolved Government Departments and Other Government Department) through the process, throughout the country, supporting those Projects through the different project phases, providing advice and support through the necessary assurance gates
Directly managing a range of projects being run at a local level in conjunction with Other Government Departments, Local Bodies's or Devolved Government.
Providing advice and guidance to those and acting as the point of expertise.
Driving delivery by making sure the ongoing rollout of projects is closely tracked and risks to delivery are effectively managed; dealing with problems that arise and escalating as necessary through internal governance boards and Ministers.
Providing leadership in resolving local issues and contributing to the resolution of national issues.
Providing strategic advice and guidance to the Programme Director including analysing feedback from senior stakeholders.
Representing BDUK at senior board level meetings with partners and suppliers.
Providing technical, legal and commercial advice to partners drawing on expert advice, as required, to effectively provide information and assist in resolving issues.
Taking appropriate decisions that facilitate delivery progress.
Being aware of value for money and state aid provisions and ensuring that projects comply with the requirements and meet assurance standards.
Producing briefings for ministers, providing answers to MPs questions and providing information on own projects as needed. With your fellow local body project directors, sharing best practice between organisations.
Understand and ensure alignment with the project assurance processes and approval points
Project and Programme Management: Strong programme and project management skills, and a proven track record of operating flexibly and delivering results in challenging circumstances. Strong stakeholder management skills, including the ability to build and manage strategic and long term relationships with key internal and external partners
Be able to prioritise and plan activities closely working with partners and BDUK colleagues.
Managing business and project processes related to your region based on strong organisational ability and administrative skills.
The ability to use and communicate data effectively to improve our programs
Able to understand project procurement, assurance gateways and reporting mechanisms
The department utilises the Google Suite, and so the experience of working with these is also desirable.
Previous experience of project assurance is highly desirable.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Managing telecoms/digital infrastructure delivery
Stakeholder Management, including with local & devolved government
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
DCMS offers a wide range of benefits including performance awards for exceptional performance. Equality and Diversity Networks and support, development, flexible working and other schemes to support health and wellbeing at including the Cycle to Work, childcare vouchers and season ticket loans Scheme. There are onsite dining and gym/recreation facilities
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Sifting will be based on behaviours and technical skills
An initial sift based on behaviour 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all behaviours will then be considered.
As part of the recruitment process we reserve the right to ask shortlisted candidates to complete a supplementary assessment. If applicable, further details will be provided following the shortlist.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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 .
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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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