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Job description

This role offers a highly-motivated individual the opportunity to lead the Data Policy team at DCMS. In May 2018 DCMS took on the lead for data policy for the whole of government. The team you would join are also responsible for developing the National Data Strategy and the embedding of Data Ethics, transparency and openness for government.

This role is responsible for shaping UK policy on one of the most exciting and cutting-edge policy areas in government. Our goal is to ensure that the best data is available for the development of excellent public services and to seed innovation and prosperity in the UK economy. You would lead the Government's efforts to achieve this.

This is a demanding and rewarding role that offers excellent development opportunities. You can expect an exciting, fast-paced and varied workload, as you provide advice and support to teams across government on how best to handle their data resources. The job requires excellent team leadership skills, flexibility and openness to change in a cutting edge agenda, excellent drafting skills, the ability to present your work in public and experience of working across departments and with external stakeholders. You should be able to evidence strong experience or a deep interest in data policy.

Main Responsibilities

Lead the central DCMS Data Policy team, which is currently 7 strong. You will provide effective line management and career development support for team members.

Build and maintain a network of policy colleagues across DCMS, working through directly managed, matrix-managed and detached colleagues to influence, steer and coordinate high-quality advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders.

Lead the delivery of high priority policy projects commissioned directly by the DCMS Senior Management Team, Ministers, and the two governance boards (Data Leaders Network and Data Advisory Board).

Work with subject matter experts across wider government to develop compelling proposals that meet Ministers' objectives.

Build and maintain strong working relationships with private offices, special advisers and other senior stakeholders (both inside and outside government), proactively engaging them throughout the planning and development of policy to meet their needs.

Represent DCMS at meetings and events with Ministers and senior internal and external

Develop and maintain processes and tools for the proactive planning and management of policy development across DCMS, ensuring a clear strategic view and future pipeline is available to senior colleagues and Ministers.

As a part of the senior leadership team for the Data Strategy, Policy and Ethics team, take responsibility for the joint leadership of the team. This will include taking on team responsibilities as well as deputising for the Deputy Director when needed.

Skills and experience

For this role it is essential that you have:

Experience of influencing and establishing strong working relationships with policy
professionals and key stakeholders to include demonstrable experience of engaging credibly and confidently with senior leaders to deliver results;

Ability to translate complex and broad material into clear written or oral communications;

Experience of managing and motivating a diverse team;

Ability to think creatively and to develop radical solutions to problems;

Experience of leading the various stages of policy development from the nascent phase through to implementation and delivery. Experience of navigating primary or secondary legislation through Parliament is not essential but is desirable.

Ability to produce accurate work to tight deadlines under pressure; and

Experience in a similar role or a demonstration of transferable skills.


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



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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 .

Nationality statement

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 and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the behaviours listed above.

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.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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£56,191.00 - £67,632.00
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