2x Strategy lead & 1x Delivery lead Job at Department for Education – in Bristol
National minimum £49,861, London minimum £53,419
DFE – Higher and Further Education Group
Type of role
Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Number of posts
All roles available in the following locations:
Bristol BS1 6EH, Coventry CV1 2WT, Darlington DL1 5QE, Leeds LS2 8ER, Manchester M1 2WD, Newcastle NE1 8QH, Nottingham NG1 6HJ, Sheffield S1 2FJ
G7 Strategy Lead also available in London SW1P 3BT
About the job
The Post-16 Skills and Strategy Directorate in DfE is leading the Government’s programme to reform our post-16 skills system. Reform of further education (FE) is the Secretary of State’s top priority alongside the response to the Covid pandemic and at the heart of the government’s agenda to level up and improve economic outcomes across the country.
This area of work is challenging, high-priority and high-profile and attracts a high degree of interest from ministers, No.10, HMT and senior officials.
We are a friendly and supportive team and will offer successful applicants stretching, challenging, fast-paced and high-profile work. It is important to us that our directorate is more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. There are a range of staff networks that colleagues can get involved in. We are committed to ensuring the directorate has a supportive and inclusive culture.
G7 strategy lead x 2
Locations: Bristol BS1 6EH, Coventry CV1 2WT, Darlington DL1 5QE, Leeds LS2 8ER, Manchester M1 2WD, Newcastle NE1 8QH, Nottingham NG1 6HJ, Sheffield S1 2FJ and London SW1P 3BT
Responsibilities will include:
Scoping, planning and leading strategy projects to ensure effective delivery of policies in the Skills for Jobs White Paper;
Working with analysts to extend and enhance the evidence base behind skills policies and interventions;
Identifying and coordinating or leading on pieces of work that support cross-cutting policy deliverables within skills reform; and,
Working closely with Strategy Unit, Delivery Unit, 10DU and others to ensure that skills reform strategy remains aligned with broader departmental and government strategy and ensuring strategic analysis and projects are joined up.
G7 Delivery lead
Locations: Bristol BS1 6EH, Coventry CV1 2WT, Darlington DL1 5QE, Leeds LS2 8ER, Manchester M1 2WD, Newcastle NE1 8QH, Nottingham NG1 6HJ, Sheffield S1 2FJ
Responsibilities will include:
Identifying gaps, overlaps and inconsistencies across delivery of reform and working closely with wider policy teams to ensure that overall ambitions are being met as we start delivery;
Leading on cross-cutting areas of work across the portfolio including working with a range of policy teams/ functions and briefing senior leadership;
Developing the Skills Reform Board as a key governance mechanism for portfolio oversight and decision making, and embedding portfolio governance including preparation for assurance reviews; and,
Managing reporting to HMT, No10 Policy Unit and 10DU on skills reform delivery and leading regular briefings with ministers and senior officials.
Experience working in a policy or strategy related role, or
A delivery or PMO role
Excellent stakeholder management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work across a wide portfolio and deliver at pace
Analytical experience, including numerical or statistical analysis
Knowledge of the post-16 skills system in England
Experience of working on short strategic or consulting projects or experience of portfolio or programme management
Desirable criteria will only be assessed in the event of a tie break situation to make an informed decision.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Seeing the Big Picture
Making Effective Decisions
Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.
As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.
You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.
We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.
Company: Department for Education –
Company Location: Bristol