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Job description

Salary: 53,500 + substantial pension and benefits GBP

The Challenge

The Data Exploitation (DEx) Special Projects team provide an end-to-end service for major data exploitation delivery programmes aligned to the corporate strategy. Major delivery programmes are categorised by projects that impact across all areas of DIO and require a whole stakeholder approach to delivery of data exploitation tools and reporting.

The Special Projects team will ensure the requirements for data exploitation and reporting are captured and agreed with the business, feeding the requirements through the DEx internal process. Identification of resource requirements within the delivery team to produce the analytics and insight, identifying risks to the programme and proactively engaging with Chief Information Office (CIO) to ensure the data availability is of the right quality and standard to enable reporting in line with agreed Service Level agreements. Risks identified to delivery of the end product will be logged and actively managed. Active communication with stakeholders will be a key function.

The team will provide knowledge and expertise of other programmes within DIO to ensure duplication is avoided, coherence is ensured and future strategy is considered when building requirements. The team will provide a key interface between DEx and CIO to ensure programmes of work are aligned.

The role requires active engagement and the personality to lead and influence key stakeholders across wider DIO and MOD where required. As part of this role, you will build and maintain effective relationships within DIO and ensure that DIO is consistently demonstrating its alignment and contribution to cross government initiatives, policy and direction.

We employ approximately 6,500 staff from a very diverse range of professions, and we work across the world: in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, Norway, Poland, Kenya, Belize, Nepal and Oman.

You can view our YouTube video to see more about our work


Main Responsibilities

Supporting the Special Projects DH in the development and leadership of the Special Projects team, you will be supporting the delivery of agreed major DEx programmes that are organisational wide, requiring strong Stakeholder engagement

Develop and maintain robust relationships across the organisation and suppliers to ensure cohesion across the programmes

Provide visible leadership and support the DH with the strategic direction within the team to successfully deliver DEx outputs in line with programme requirements

Provide a support role to the DH with the interface within DEx to ensure the programme remains on track, identifying blockers to delivery and working collaboratively to deploy solutions, representing the DEx when the DH is unavailable in a deputising role

Work alongside CIO, ensuring the data availability for all DEx products is available for exploitation and the programmes are aligned to ensure delivery of agreed products, review processes and working practices, identifying risks to the delivery of the programme

Provide advice, support and development to the team to enable delivery for all objectives

Work with DEx PfMo function to ensure any conflicts with work/resource priorities are addressed and programmed into the Five Year Plan and are coherent with the whole end to end delivery

Promote collaborative working practices with all team members, customers and partners in support of the programme

Building effective functional Communities of Practice that draw on experience and expertise from across DEx to mature functions and inform standards and ways of working in major programme delivery

The Assistant Head will be supported by:

1 x SEO Senior Special Projects Manager

1 x HEO Special Projects Manager

Essential Experience & Skills

Stakeholder management and engagement

Property/infrastructure background

Communication strategies and methods

Proven experience of building and leading high performing teams across organisational boundaries

Experience of working in a Portfolio, Programme and Project Management environment

Desirable Experience & Skills

Asset Management

Project management


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

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture


We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.

We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:

Highly competitive Pension Scheme
Flexi-time scheme
Alternative working practices such as working from home
25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years service
Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queens birthday
Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

Learning & Development

Professional and Personal Development of skills
Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO

About DIO

DIO is passionate about ensuring that we are a top performing organisation and a great place to work. We host a diverse range of talent where everyone feels valued and supported enabling our people to thrive, bring greater creativity and innovation to achieve higher organisational performance. We are committed to be an equal opportunities employer and creating a culture where everyone can bring their whole self to work and individuality is truly appreciated.

We promote and support a range of flexible working patterns enabling staff to balance home and work responsibilities.

This culture of inclusion is underpinned by our 6 staff networks covering Disability, Faith and Belief, Gender Equality, LGBTQI+, Race, Social Mobility and 3 networks dealing with employee wellbeing and support: Speak Safe Volunteers, Mental Health First Aiders and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisers.

Our staff, future and current will be guided by the 4 Cs and we encourage you to be curious and continuously strive for improvement, collaborative in an inclusive culture, ambitious and resilient and committed to Defence, empowered and able to
challenge so you can play a key part in shaping the direction of our organisation.

DIO commits to offer its employees the following experience:
Meaningful, purposeful work
The ability to learn and grow
The right opportunities and resources
To care about your wellbeing
To feel valued and included

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Our responsibilities include:

Plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment
Provide utilities services
Manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)
Provide a safe place to train
Allocate Service Families Accommodation
Procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair
Provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning
Act as steward of the Defence estate
Provide the unarmed guarding service


This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Working Patterns

The post advertised is for 37 hours net, however the Ministry of Defence offers a range of flexibilities to enable a better work-life balance for employees. Flexible working, Part-Time working and Job Share working patterns will be considered.

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 .

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.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Please ensure that at the application and interview stages of the campaign you review the Success Profiles Framework to assist you in the demonstration of your skills and experience.

Your suitability for the role will be assessed using the Success Profile elements that have been chosen for this campaign. Each element will be scored accordingly, and the successful candidate will be appointed on merit.

Applications will be sifted on all Success Profile elements, but in the event of a high number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on Experience and the lead 1 or 2 Behaviours (CV, Personal Statement, Leadership and Working Together).

In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

At application you will be assessed against the following:



Working Together

Seeing the Big Picture


CV - detailing Job History and Previous Skills and Experience

Personal Statement - in no more than 1000 words detailing the following Essential Experience:

1. Stakeholder management and engagement

2. Property/infrastructure background

3. Communication strategies and methods

4. Proven experience of building and leading high performing teams across organisational boundaries.

5. Experience of working in a Portfolio, Programme and Project Management environment

At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:


Making Effective Decisions

Delivering at Pace

Changing and Improving

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing: 4th July 2022

Interviews are currently taking place remotely and will be conducted week commencing: 11th July 2022

A minimum of 2 full working days notice will be provided for interviews. We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

To assist with your application please find attached below:

1. DIO Candidate Information Guide

For help and support with your application check out our
Civil Service Careers Homepage and the How to apply section

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
Construction, Architecture, Property
Job Sector
Job Position
Project Support
Estimated Salary
£53,500.00 / year
Postal Code
WS14 9PY
Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield WS14 9PY, UK
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