The Government aims to make the UK both the safest place to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business. We are determined that the UK should lead the world in innovation-friendly regulation that encourages the tech sector and provides stability for businesses. Through this we can increase public confidence and trust in new technologies, and create the best possible basis on which the digital economy can thrive.
Alongside the extraordinary opportunities offered by new technologies come new challenges and risks - tackling these issues in an effective and responsible way is critical for the digital economy to thrive. The Digital Charter is our response - a rolling programme of work to develop norms and rules for the online world and put them into practice, including:
Tackling online harms, including disinformation
The responsibility of online platforms for the content they host
The functioning of digital markets, including competition and market power in the digital age
Data and AI ethics, ensuring we support ethical innovation in new data-driven technologies
Building constructive engagement between government and major technology companies is an important them to make progress on this important agenda.
For that reason, DCMS is recruiting a new role in the Tech Strategic Engagement team to inform cross-government understanding, influencing and relationships with companies whose platforms and products raise important societal and public policy issues. The team will need to work with other teams across DCMS and wider government that engage regularly with tech companies, and the Consulate-General in San Francisco, which manages on-the-ground relationships in Silicon Valley.
The role will require:
Joining-up across government: to build and articulate a strategic approach to HMG's engagement with technology companies on Digital Charter issues by:
Developing a detailed understanding of key issues of concern to government, and how different online platforms and tech companies relate to those issues
Facilitating better sharing of that information across departments and teams
Identifying, prioritising and sequencing our asks of companies to maximise HMG impact and influence with industry stakeholders
Understanding industry: Improving HMG's understanding of the environment in which the technology companies operate, their drivers and incentives, and how these might differ between firms:
How do the underlying business models of the firms drive their behaviour, and the behaviour of their users and commercial partners?
What levers and incentives - including commercial, regulatory, reputational - influence firms, and how do these differ between platforms and companies?
What are the current industry trends and dynamics - the opportunities and threats faced by these companies - and how might these inform our strategic engagement and policy development?
Building relationships: Improving HMG's ability to build strong relationships with and understanding of key decision-makers and influencers by:
Identifying key individuals within the firms, the issues on which they are influential, their incentives and motivations
Understanding and improving relationships with wider influencers - such as venture capitalists, advertisers, investors, and academics
Making links between policy-makers and experts Person specification
We are looking to recruit a Grade A (Grade 7) to be part of a small but high profile team and manage senior relationships. You should be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience and behaviours:
Building relationships and developing and executing strategic stakeholder plans, preferably including in an international context
Working with and successfully influencing senior stakeholders inside and outside government
The ability to work at pace in a complex multi-stakeholder environment, driving progress in the face of a range of competing views and priorities;
Ideally an interest in and / or direct experience of the tech sector, and knowledge of the issues and trends affecting the industry Behaviours
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Delivering at Pace
- Working Together
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.Things you need to knowSecurity
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. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
An initial sift based on behaviour 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received.
If your application progresses to a full sift, all behaviours will then be considered.
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.