Strategy Director Job at Department for Education – in Bristol

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SCS Pay Band 2

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Business area


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Bristol, South West, BS1 6EH : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2WT : Darlington, North East, DL1 5QE : Manchester, North West, M1 2WD : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 6HU : Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, S1 2JF : City of Westminster, London, SW1P 3BT

About the job


This is a new role which brings together the DfE Strategy and Delivery Units for the first time, as well as embedding strategic analysis.

The role will be central to supporting the Education Secretary, Permanent Secretary, Ministers and the wider leadership team to set and maintain strategic direction, to translate that into effective and aligned plans whilst also providing assurance and insight on delivery.

Job description

This high-profile, high-impact role requires someone who is visionary, inventive and rigorous and who is not afraid to advocate ideas and exploit new opportunities; building trusted relationships to secure practical change.

This will include building credible partnerships with the Education Secretary, Permanent Secretary, Ministers and the wider leadership team, as well as senior stakeholders across Whitehall. Your influence will extend not only across the breadth of the department but across government and the wider education, children’s services and skills landscape.

The portfolio brings together leadership of the Department’s Strategy, Delivery and Central Analysis Units to drive priorities for the Education Secretary and Ministers. You will play a vital role in supporting the Education Secretary, Permanent Secretary and Ministers in determining strategy, preparing for Spending Reviews, setting priorities, horizon scanning and scenario planning. You will work closely with the Department’s Operations Group to ensure delivery of those priorities, ensuring resources are deployed in an agile way.

Your role will be to lead across the department, by setting brilliant and clear strategy and pushing to pursue priorities into delivery. By using analysis, evidence and insight you will plan our future path with creativity and assurance.

This is a leadership role for the whole of DfE.You will be part of the DfE Senior Civil Service, where you will play an active role in the wider leadership and assist the department to focus on the right things in a concerted way. Additionally, you will be an active member of the Children’s Services Communications and Strategy Group senior management team.

This is a new and vital role in the Department for Education. You will have the opportunity to shape the role, and therefore, the strategic direction of the Department at a challenging, but exciting and pivotal time for the Department and the sector.


Essential Criteria for this role are:

  • Proven track record of creating strategic and policy direction through to delivery for organisations working in complex environments a scale
  • Display superb leadership skills able to take a leading role in initiating action, making decisions, managing performance and promoting inclusive team working. Extensive experience of building highly motivated and high-performing teams whilst also being part of collective leadership success from close working with senior leadership teams
  • Effective communication and influencing skills to be a credible advocate of delivery and policy development with senior colleagues including Ministers, exercising sound judgement and challenging assumptions where necessary to ensure that delivery impact and user need are at the core of our policy-making.
  • Exhibit good financial and other numerical skills with an ability to interpret and present complex data in a compelling and concise fashion, together with excellent analytical skills and the ability to convert analysis into robust proposals for action

Desirable criteria:

  • Understanding of the education, care and skills system


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.

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Company Location:  Bristol

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