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Job description

The CEO will be responsible for delivering the objectives of the Knowledge Assets programme (set out in the Mackintosh Report), building and leading this new unit and its associated fund within BEIS, and driving an ambitious change in the culture and approach to the public sector's management of its knowledge assets. You will be working at the centre of this high-profile area within government, helping to set the agenda for UK enterprise and innovation policy.

From day one, you will be at the core of an intellectually stimulating and dynamic organisation, leading a range of technical experts and policy specialists, building a team that can deliver on a broad range of objectives, and working alongside committed and capable people in an exciting and fast-moving policy area. Your actions will be helping to unleash a new wave of innovation, working to cement the UK's reputation as a "science superpower".

The role will report to the Director-General of BEIS' Science, Innovation and Growth group (SIG) - Jo Shanmugalingam - and will be a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 (SCS2) position. The post will have 4 direct reports at SCS1 level and will lead a team of around 40 FTE. GOTT is a new unit and the final details of its structure are still to be determined. As GOTT's first Chief Executive, you will play a key role in defining this.

In this role, you will have stretching and far-reaching responsibilities, including:

1. Accountability for implementing the strategy and deliverables set out in the Mackintosh report ("Getting Smarter: a strategy for knowledge and innovation assets in the public sector").

2. Leading and growing GOTT: setting its strategic vision, priorities, business plan, and budget; ensuring this plan is executed and aligns with the overarching objectives of the unit and BEIS; ensuring the unit plays a fully engaged role across the wider public sector.

3. Strategic leadership of the knowledge assets and technology transfer policy agenda: developing a national, public sector-wide strategy to drive meaningful change towards an entrepreneurial culture and to implement better knowledge asset management, and delivering this strategy through the operation of GOTT's work across the public sector.

4. Engaging across government departments and public bodies: convening stakeholders, including Ministers and senior officials, around the unit's strategic priorities; establishing credibility and building the unit's business and reputation.

5. Building and maintaining networks through experience, reputation, and achievement, across an extensive field of stakeholders covering a wide public sector customer base, industry, investors, and academia.

6. Role-modelling leadership: As one of the Department's senior leaders, you will be a visible role model for the Civil Service leadership behaviours.

ResponsibilitiesThis CEO position is a high-profile role that focuses on setting up and leading a new Government unit to drive a cultural change across the public sector, and to foster an environment that supports the development of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial culture. We actively encourage applications from those within the Civil Service and from external candidates, including individuals from underrepresented groups.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate:

1. Extensive experience and understanding of the technology transfer sector. This might include experience working in or with Government, academia, technology transfer organisations, venture capital, and/or other relevant commercial experience.

2. Executive-level leadership experience of developing and inspiring new and diverse teams, with a track record of leading transformational change and working across complex organisations.

3. Demonstrable experience in setting and successfully delivering a vision and strategy.

4. Confident communication capability, including presenting complex and technical issues.

5. Evidence of having developed productive and collaborative relationships with senior leaders; working effectively to negotiate and influence change in complex, diverse stakeholder environments (including with investors, academics, senior officials, and Ministers).

6. A clear commitment to BEIS's values and to the Civil Service code's principles of objectivity, integrity, impartiality, and honesty.


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.
A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

For the full list and to see our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please see the attached Employee Offer booklet.

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 security check .

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People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on this appointment.

Candidates should apply for this role through our website at www.saxbam.com/appointments using code QARAZA.

To apply for this post, click on the 'apply' button and follow the instructions to upload the following completed documents listed for this role.

These should be completed no later than noon on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

• A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

• A statement of no more than 750 words, answering the following question: "What is your vision for the organisation and how are you uniquely placed to deliver that vision?"

• Complete a diversity data form (mandatory - we cannot receive applications without one).

• Complete a Disability Confidence Scheme form (if applying under the DCS).

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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.

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