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Job description

We're looking for two Private Secretaries to cover the most exciting and fast paced briefs in Whitehall for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries.

● As Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, you will work at the heart of the department covering the digital brief including tech policy, broadband, online harms, data protection, cyber security and telecoms.

● As Head of Office to the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, you will lead a team of five to deliver the Minister's priorities across the whole range of her brief including tech, digital infrastructure, digital skills, online harms, creative industries, and cyber security.

These are high profile roles covering a wide-ranging portfolio with huge interest from No10 and across Whitehall. The post holder will have responsibility for advising either the Secretary of State or Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries on a wide range of issues across all aspects of the brief and pursuing priorities on their behalf with the Department. They will facilitate business between DCMS and other Government Departments; develop policies and set strategy; as well as organising and conducting meetings, events and visits.

In the coming months this will include supporting the Secretary of State and Minister for Digital and Creative Industries on:

● Delivering legislation to take forward the Online Harms White Paper.

● Implementation of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and the Telecoms Supply Chain Review.

● Coordination across Government of policies affecting the tech sector, including the development and implementation of the Digital Charter and the burgeoning Tech for Good agenda.

● Establishing the AI Council, and working closely with the Office for Artificial Intelligence to drive AI policy across Government.

● Coordinate cross-Government work on delivery of digital skills and reduction of digital exclusion.

● Driving forward the development of Secure by Design policies to ensure that the UK is the safest place to go online.

● Implementing the recommendations of the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of high quality journalism in the UK.

● Delivering on the commitments in the Creative Industries Sector Deal.

● Promoting the UK as one of the best places in the world to do business in DCMS sectors.

Responsibilities and tasks:

● Working with teams across the department and government to deliver Ministerial priorities and develop new policy proposals.

● Working independently on a large portfolio within a busy Private Office to ensure that day-to-day business is transacted efficiently and in a timely manner.

● Working with the rest of the senior team to manage a high performing Private Office group - ensuring there are robust processes in place; that there is a strong culture of learning and development; and that the team is contributing fully to the wider corporate work of the department.

● The Private Secretary to the Secretary of State role includes line management of the Private Secretary running the Special Adviser's office.

● Working closely with DCMS's press office to prepare for announcements, speeches and comms opportunities.

● Working with other leaders across Private Office to ensure it remains a friendly and welcoming place to work.

● As Head of Office to the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, you will be responsible for leading a team of five to ensure that the full range of the Minister's priorities are delivered.

Person specification

The successful candidates will be highly organised, strategic, have strong communication skills, and be able to prioritise and handle multiple issues concurrently. This post requires strong leadership and communication as well as proven strategic thinking skills. In the selection process, applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet the following essential skills and requirements:

Leadership: Strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate and manage a team across the department.

Seeing the Big Picture: Strategic and innovative thinking. Proven ability to pick up complex policy areas rapidly and spot the key policy trade-offs. Strong political antennae and understanding of the political and wider policy sensitivities of the brief.

Communicating and Influencing: Highly effective oral and written communication skills with political sensitivity and understanding, and the ability to translate complex policy issues into clear, high level advice.

Delivering at Pace: The ability to work at pace on a challenging and complex agenda, driving progress in the face of a range of competing views and priorities and being calm and resilient in pressurised situations.

Essential experience

Candidates should have experience of working closely with and delivering through teams as well as having strong stakeholder management skills.


A working knowledge of, and networks across DCMS' sectors is desirable, although not essential.

Experience of working with Ministers.

Private Office is an exciting and fast paced environment. At times the role can involve unpredictable and long hours. The role comes with a private office allowance.


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



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Private Office allowance of £8,500

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 .

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 and Experience.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit an anonymised CV setting out career history, and an 800 word personal statement giving evidence to demonstrate your suitability for the role making particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification. Please state in your application which role you would be interested in.

Please note: This section will allow you to input up to 1200 words but you must only provide 800 words maximum. All information provided beyond 800 words will not be assessed.

An initial sift based on the two lead behaviours may be held if a large number of applications are received: Leadership and Seeing the Big Picture.

The interview

Interviews will consist of behaviour based questions, where candidates will be expected to build on the information provided in their application form. Behaviours relate to whether applicants have the skills to carry out specific tasks by asking for examples of their experience.

You will be required to deliver a presentation as part of your interview; details will be provided in advance of the interview.

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.

Job Sector
Admin, Secretarial & PA
Job Position
£49,601.00 - £57,629.00
London, UK Show on map
Post date
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