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Digital Delivery Advisor - GDS Advisory

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service -

Full-time (Permanent)
£49,700 - £57,000 (National) - Depending on capability The base salary of this grade is £49,700 (National). Any offer made above this will be made up with a specialist pay allowance
Published on
17 June 2022
3 July 2022

Who we are

GDS Advisory team plays a central role in getting GDS Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) expertise out across government to support digital delivery and transformation. We run dozens of missions with government organisations every quarter, drawing together temporary delivery teams or offering expert advice. We help improve capability in digital delivery by proactively identifying gaps and supporting government organisations to fulfil these needs. 

We are currently building our delivery management team to deliver assignments across government, and this role will be crucial in supporting, growing and quality assuring the work delivered by that team.

What you’ll do

As a Digital Delivery Advisor in the GDS Advisory team, you will get the opportunity to work in a range of short and medium-term placements across different departments across the Government’s Digital Data and Technology function. For instance, in some departments you may be asked to play an advisory role, helping map out their digital delivery requirements for a particular service or project. In other departments, you may have a more hands-on role, adding to the department’s delivery capacity through managing a delivery team to support a particular time-limited piece of work where there is an immediate need or resource gap.You’ll be pragmatic and have a range of DDAT experience.

The common thread through all these placements are that they will involve you in the

delivery of complex products and services; you’ll be core to making decisions that build high performing teams, adept at breaking down barriers for your team or teams and both planning at a higher level and getting into the detail to make things happen when needed. Working with suppliers, the role requires some experience of commercial, supplier and dependency management; this includes ensuring commercial contracts and suppliers are held to account for their timeliness, value and quality.  

As a Digital Delivery Advisor you’ll:

  • manage complex products and services that are being discovered, defined and delivered by multiple teams, which have high technical and/or political risk
  • lead, and continually improve, the development, release and provision of service of digital products, using proficiency in scaled lean/agile management methods and techniques
  • manage and communicate between complex stakeholder groups, using influence and awareness to balance key priorities, appropriately communicating and advocating both direction and change 
  • drive delivery momentum, solve issues and unblock problems - setting sustainable pace whilst ensuring teams are working towards delivery commitments. At times this means being comfortable with uncertainty, accountability and being the escalation point for internal and external issues
  • lead, create, coach and align teams, implementing the most effective programme and team structures for delivery and team health
  • work in multi-disciplinary teams, collaborating across all disciplines, using a thorough understanding of the variety of disciplines involved in digital delivery, including engineering, service design, product management, performance analysis and user research
  • contributing authoritative expertise to, or leading, agile sessions or conferences inside and outside government
  • challenging and improving disproportionate organisational processes where these impact the pace of a team. Influencing and make positive changes to the organisation

Who you'll be

Our delivery professionals work on a diverse range of projects, products and services within GDS and across government departments. We’re looking for people with strong interpersonal skills who enjoy working in a demanding, high profile agile environment. We’re looking for people who are passionate about agile working, who care about technology and who know how to make projects succeed. And we want people who believe that how you work is as important as what you deliver.

We’re interested in people who:

  • have successfully delivered complex digital projects and products
  • understand agile and lean methodologies and how they help deliver products and services at scale
  • have a good understanding of the digital landscape
  • are confident matrix-managing multi-disciplinary teams
  • can promote agile practices across an organisation

Additional Information

The standard selection process for roles at GDS consists of:

  • An application screening process - Simply, hit apply.  We only ask for a CV and Cover Letter  Up to 750 words for 6 competencies and up to 1000 words for 7 to 8 competencies. Important tip - please ensure that your cover letter includes how you meet the skills and experience listed in the “who you’ll be” section above.
  • An interview - We will asses you against the behaviours listed above and your experience.


Depending on the volume of applications we may also include an additional stage, which you will be invited to should you pass the application screening stage.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

The benefits of working at GDS


At GDS we support, encourage and respect our people and our teams - their individuality, their perspectives and what they have to say. Together, we are bound by the mission to achieve digital transformation, the future, accelerated. 


  • Truly flexible working and flexi time 
  • Career progression 
  • Paid volunteering leave 
  • Access to employee assistance programme 
  • Career coaching 
  • Advances on pay 
  • Death in service benefits
  • Cycle to work scheme / facilities
  • Access to children's holiday play schemes across different locations



GDS offers hybrid working for all employees. This means that everyone does some working from home/remote working and also spends some time in their local office. You will agree to your hybrid working arrangement with your line manager in line with your preferences and business needs. 


  • A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made. Candidates that do not pass the interview, however, have demonstrated an acceptable standard will be considered for similar roles at a lower grade. 
  • The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. For further information see

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