The DU is a new unit, and presents a step change in focus and capability. It will work as an integral part of No10, acting as the guardian of the centre's delivery priorities and the associated tools and techniques for getting things done. As such, it will support capacity building in government departments, and take a clear leadership role in how we can collectively achieve successful delivery of the Government's ambitious agenda for the people of this country. Over time, the DU should grow to around 40 staff.
The DD will lead the Education, Jobs and Skills team and focus departments and delivery partners on the successful delivery of critical outcomes in that area. The DD will work the Head of the DU to communicate their team’s mission and purpose across government, and build robust networks at the most senior levels in departments to both monitor and support delivery, as well as strengthening the focus on delivery at the centre of government.
Candidates should note that we are also advertising two further DD roles, focused on delivering the Prime Minister’s and government’s mission in relation to crime and justice (Job reference 125490), and health (Job reference 125491). We are looking for relevant expertise for each of the particular roles in question. If you consider that you might have experience that would make you a strong candidate for more than one role, please apply for each role, tailoring your personal statement to the role, and state your preference in your statement of suitability.
In your application you will need to demonstrate how you meet the following essential competencies, skills and experience.
The Deputy Director will need to have:
• Lead the ‘Education, Jobs and Skills’ mission within the DU, using the PM chaired meetings, priority reviews and other delivery interventions to drive and oversee progress.
• Work closely with the Director of the Levelling Up mission to oversee the contribution of Education, Jobs and Skills to the delivery of Levelling Up.
• Use strong leadership skills to empower, energise and engage staff in the mission team.
• Build strong relationships across the centre and departments behind a renewed vision for delivery of the mission across government and its delivery partners.
• Work with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team to embed and evolve the DU’s systems, processes and culture as it builds towards its full operating capability over the coming 6-12 months.
• Develop a comprehensive system for tracking and problem solving delivery of government commitments across the core elements of the PM’s mission on crime, which balances a strong understanding of delivery in all projects with a focus on the very highest priorities.
• Work with data experts both in departments and in No10 to develop a world-class system for collecting information on, and visualising progress in the delivery of the Education, Jobs and Skills mission, linking the work of the Unit to wider systems and processes (in Cabinet Office and HM Treasury) for tracking progress on the Government’s priorities and departmental outcomes.
• With the Head of the Unit, use the PM’s backing, a wide and trusted network, and a set of intelligent support solutions to intervene effectively where delivery is slowing to get projects back on track.