Senior Delivery Manager

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service -

Freelancer / self-employed
£600 a day

Senior Delivery Manager: Interim/Contractor 

Location: Bristol and Manchester 

IR35 Status: Inside IR35 

Contract Length: 6 months

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Who we are:

At the Government Digital Service (GDS), our mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using our unique position at the centre of government, we develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. We believe that ensuring things work for end users is the only way to realise the efficiencies that come with digital transformation.

Our focus is on delivering five missions in the following areas:

  • GOV.UK as the single and trusted online destination for government information and services
  • Joined-up services that solve whole problems and span multiple departments
  • A simple digital identity solution that works for everyone
  • Common tools and expert services
  • Joined-up data across departments

You can read more about these missions and our vision for the transformation of government in our 2021-2024 strategy


  • lead and motivate multiple multi-disciplinary teams, helping them organise and plan their work, ensuring they deliver products and services that actually meet users’ needs

  • ensure teams clearly communicate their plans and progress through their plans using recognised agile practices

  • 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 and communicate risks, issues, dependencies, and blockers

  • working with senior leaders in GDS and other senior stakeholders to ensure all needs are understood and to influence strategic direction

  • develop, guide and coach your delivery manager line reports

  • manage stakeholders to ensure good relations and effective communication

  • actively participate in the Delivery Manager community, learning, sharing and applying skills and knowledge to improve

  • to learn more about what Senior Delivery Managers do in government, please review the DDaT Capability Framework


Skills Required

  • experience working in Alpha phases of project life cycle

  • experience working in the service assessment stages

  • procurement experience

  • experience with shaping work and take whole problems and deal with them

  • draw out key deliverables from complex areas

  • 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

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