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Job description

• You will work closely with Ministers and CEOs across these sectors to support UK investment, lead the development of policy to support economic recovery and the sectors' long-term success, and provide a strong business voice into work on trade negotiations. You should be in an ideal position to use business insights to help shape policy development.

• We are looking for candidates who have the ability to influence and negotiate at the most senior levels, lead a strong, high performing and resilient team, and establish an effective network of professional relationships across Whitehall and amongst senior industry executives to take forward this exciting agenda. These posts offer you an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your skills in crafting new and long-term strategies and expanding your network and ability to influence key external stakeholders. You will join a lively and positive Directorate at a perfect time to help shape our future direction.

• You will be a strong leader with proven experience of motivating and developing teams to respond to an increasingly demanding Ministerial and Parliamentary agenda. You will also be adept at building productive relationships with external stakeholders and colleagues across Whitehall, and accustomed to operating at the highest levels (e.g. with industry leaders, Ministers and No.10). You will lead a team with the potential to expand.

Skills, experience and qualifications (Essential)

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

• The ability to think strategically and creatively - to develop innovative strategies for your policy areas that get wider buy-in and to identify solutions to complex issues;

• Excellent leadership skills capable of motivating and inspiring your team through periods of ambiguity;

• Excellent policy development skills with a strong analytical capability;

• Outstanding communication and influencing skills able to build effective relationships at senior levels;

• A self-starter with strong personal impact, able to work across organisational boundaries with a wide range of stakeholders in a complex political environment.

Skills, experience and qualifications (Desirable)

• (For the Professional Business Services role) Experience of international engagement and trade.

• Evidence of showing calmness under pressure, providing expert advice to Ministers or senior stakeholders whilst looking after your own and your team's wellbeing.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.


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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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

Selection process details

As part of the application you will required to complete a CV and Statement of Suitability.

1. A CV setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years

2. A Personal Statement (no more than 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification

Failure to complete both sections (CV and Personal Statement) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Applications will be sifted to select those demonstrating the best fit with the post against the criteria set out in the person specification. Please ensure you keep this in mind when writing your CV and supporting statement.

Expected Timeline subject to change

At this stage, the expected timetable is:

Sift to be held by: w/c 31st August 2020
Interviews to be held: w/c 7th September 2020
Interviews location: MS Teams

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for interview.

Expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed by the Department except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance.

Full details of the selection and assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates once the shortlist has been completed but will include a Final Panel Interview.

If candidates are required to prepare a presentation for their interview, they will be given at least one week's notice of the subject.

Further information

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies in the Civil Service requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

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 circumstance 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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Staff applying on promotion will be appointed to the salary band minimum or with an increase of 10% of their existing salary, whichever is greater. Individuals appointed on level transfer will retain their existing salary. Standard pay rules apply for existing civil servants.

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

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.

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

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

BEIS does not offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

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 beis-scs1recruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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

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.

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