As the DDaT Workforce and Capability Programme Lead you will focus on running an effective programme covering core disciplines such as: programme planning, risk management, benefit metric development and assessment. You’ll be core to making decisions that build a high performing team, adept at breaking down barriers for the team and both planning at a higher level and getting into the detail to make things happen when needed. You’ll have good communication, negotiation and persuasive skills, and be able to gather, assess, and present from a variety of data sources and opinions in order to drive direction.
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of designing and delivering an enhanced Workforce and Capability offer that supports the rapid development of digital and data capability across government, working across a profession that’s already over 23,000 strong. You will work right across the DDaT Workforce and Capability Team and wider CDDO, as well as with other supporting units - e.g. Government Security Group.
As the DDaT Workforce and Capability Programme Lead you’ll:
- form part a virtual team of portfolio, programme and delivery managers across CDDO, bringing together their work across the structural boundaries to enable the Executive Leadership to manage the organisations portfolio together
- lead and inspire a team of subject matter experts, supporting their growth and development and acting as a core part of the wider DDaT Workforce and Capability Team leadership
- develop and maintain a clear and agile programme plan that’s accessible to all
- update the single DDaT Capability Strategy narrative, building on the work done to date to explain the impact we deliver, why, and how, and develop and deliver further the team communications and engagement plan
- work with the finance business partner to manage the programme budget
- provide data to help report on the programme to the portfolio and senior management team
- identify the people, skills, and resources that the teams need to deliver to the agreed goals
- identify, communicate and manage risks, issues, dependencies, and blockers
- identify and track key programme benefit metrics and success indicators, and quarterly KPIs, working in close conjunction with the Strategy Team
- provide secretarial support to the cross government Capability Taskforce
- ensure teams clearly communicate their plans and progress through their plans using recognised agile practices
We’re looking for someone who has strong communication skills, is able to build relationships with
stakeholders at multiple levels of an organisation and operate in a complex environment. You will have experience of facilitating face to face and remote engagement events to evaluate problems and identify solutions. You will combine excellent interpersonal skills with an outcome focused approach to deliver your objectives. You will enjoy working in a delivery focused, agile environment and will have a good understanding of the Digital Data and Technology sector.
We’re interested in people who have:
- a track record of delivery management through collaboration and partnering in complex organisations with strong relationship management and negotiation skills, the use of agile approaches as well as proven experience of dealing with stakeholders to deliver results, including evidence of high personal impact and judgement
- excellent communication skills with the ability to manage stakeholder expectations
- experience in managing all aspects of projects including budgets, resources and cost-benefit and risk analysis
- demonstrable experience in analysing management information, identifying patterns or themes and extracting the key data to ensure effective decision making
- experience in managing risks and issues in government, identifying dependencies and managing these whether within or external to the team
- experience of working in a digital, data and technology setting with expertise in agile and lean practices
- a brilliant track record of leading, inspiring and managing teams, setting objectives and developing skills and capabilities
The benefits of working at CDDO
There are many benefits including:
- flexible hybrid working with flexi-time and the option to work part-time or condensed hours
- a Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
- 25 days of annual leave, increasing by a day each year up to a maximum of 30 days
- an extra day off for The Kings birthday
- an in-year bonus scheme to recognise high performance
- career progression and coaching, including a training budget for personal development
- paid volunteering leave
- a focus on wellbeing with access to an employee assistance programme
- job satisfaction from making government services easier to use and more inclusive for people across the UK
- advances on pay, including for travel season tickets
- death in service benefits
- cycle to work scheme and facilities
- access to children's holiday play schemes across different locations in central London
- access to an employee discounts scheme
- 10 learning days per year
- volunteering opportunities (5 special leave days per year)
- access to a suite of learning activities through Civil Service learning
CDDO offers hybrid working for all employees. This means that everyone does some working from home and also spends some time in their local office. You’ll agree to your hybrid working arrangement with your line manager in line with your preferences and business needs.
Any move to the Central Digital and Data Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Things you need to know
Selection process details
The standard selection process for roles at CDDO consists of:
- a simple application screening process - We only ask for a CV and cover letter of up to 750 words. Important tip - please ensure that your cover letter includes how you meet the skills and experience listed in the “person specification” section above
- a 60 minute video interview that will include a brief presentation. Selected candidates will receive comprehensive instructions.
Depending on how many applications we get, there might also be an extra stage before the video interview, for example a phone interview or a technical exercise.
In the Civil Service, we use Success Profiles to evaluate your skills and ability. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, increases performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We’ll be assessing your technical abilities, skills, experience and behaviours that are relevant to this role.
Candidates that do not pass the interview but have demonstrated an acceptable standard may be considered for similar roles at a lower grade.
A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.
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.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.