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Job description

Key Responsibilities

Professional Leadership and Management:

- Leadership of the BDUK Engagement and Public Information function, currently a team of 16.
- An active approach to coaching and professional development within your team.
- An active senior member of the DCMS wider SCS team, with close working relationships with DCMS colleagues key to success in this role.

Professional Expertise:

- Development and implementation of the overarching stakeholder engagement strategy, managing BDUK engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including: parliament, lobby groups, devolved administrations, local bodies, trade groups and 80+ industry suppliers.
- A member of the BDUK Senior Leadership Team, contributing to wider decision-making.
- Ensure value for money, financial propriety and onward evaluation of engagement products.
- Develop KPIs to monitor the success of the BDUK Engagement and PI function.

Engaging and Collaboration:

- Build and establish an excellent working relationship with the DCMS Director of Communications.
- Liaise with Ministers, special advisers, policy and communications colleagues across DCMS on strategic delivery and handling while leading the directorate longer-term forward planning and external communications strategy required for project delivery.
- Work closely with DCMS Communications Team, to maximise comms opportunities for the Secretary of State and wider ministerial team in line with PM and SOS priorities.
- Lead Project Delivery Comms from a BDUK perspective.
0 Horizon scanning, troubleshooting and risk management of high-profile and high-impact issues, working closely with senior stakeholders to manage and mitigate them.

Person Specification

Successful Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills & experience:

Professional Expertise:

- Proven experience of designing and delivering stakeholder engagement strategies for successful project delivery, ideally in a complex organisation with a broad geographical spread.
- Experience of leading integrated communications and influencing campaigns to deliver organisational objectives.
- Ability to make sound political judgment in a changing environment.
- Ability to build relationships and networks with external stakeholders/third parties and resolve issues.
- Ability to build an end-to-end view of engagement activities that takes account of both proactive and reactive approaches.

Professional Leadership:

- A track record of driving a culture of excellence within and across teams that creates recognisable confidence from diverse stakeholder groups.
- Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrating an impactful and approachable style, being a good listener and the ability to win respect and build effective relationships with staff across the department and Ministers.
- Strong inspiring management capability, in particular evidence of making an impact and developing a high-performing team. Creating an inclusive environment, where all staff, including under-represented groups, can progress and develop.

Engaging and Collaborating:

A proven ability to create, maintain and promote strong connections with communications colleagues, other functions, Ministers, senior leaders, Special Advisers and other stakeholders within a large organisation and the wider network.

Delivering Results:

- Understanding of evaluation techniques and how they can best be used to measure and inform media and digital communications. Proven sound management of resources, including identifying and realising no- and low-cost ways of delivering communications through, for example, skills development, stakeholder engagement and partnership working


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions


You'll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits:
Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time
26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years' service.
Exceptional contributory pension scheme
5 days of paid leave for L&D
5 days of paid volunteering
Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay
Occupational sick pay
Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, BAME, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women's Network.
Access to one of the world's largest learning and development platforms
Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy
Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more!

SCS T&C's will vary, please refer to the attached candidate information pack to find out more.

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 .

See our vetting charter .

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

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Application Process

Please submit your CV and supporting statement by 23:55 on 1st November 2021 via the CS Jobs portal.

Your CV should set out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.

In no more than 750 words, your Supporting Statement should explain how your personal skills, qualities and experience make you a suitable candidate for the role, making reference to the personal specification.


Please note that these dates are indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The anticipated timetable is as follows:


We aim to review applications w/c 1st November 2021

Interview Dates: w/c 29th November 2021

Interviews will either be held face to face or remotely via MS Teams or Google Meet. Successful applicants will join the department through our remote onboarding process.

Further Information

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

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally need 3 years' UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement, but supplementary checks may be needed where individuals have not lived in the UK for that period. This may mean your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

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.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

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

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the candidate information pack.

This role will be based in any one of DCMS's regional hubs. Hubs are currently in London and Manchester, with further regional hubs set to be established in the near future. More information is available in the candidate information pack.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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.

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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Job Sector
Public Sector
Job Position
Deputy Managing Director (Delivery)
Estimated Salary
£71,000.00 - £117,800.00
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