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Deputy Director, Group HR Reward, Policy and Arm’s-length Bodies

Contract Type
Flexible Hours, Part-Time, Permanent
Public Sector
£70,000 - £117,800
Expiry Date
At the Department for Transport we plan and invest to make journeys better.

Job Description

Whether you are embarking on the dailycommute, seeing friends at the weekend, jetting off for holidays or receiving deliveries to your door — every minute of every day people are on the move. At the Department for Transport we plan and invest to make journeys better. We are a high-profile department at the heart of government. If you share our vision of being the best in class and have the expertise and enthusiasm to deliver in this exciting role, then we look forward to receiving your application.


We offer you:

  • a chance to work in a senior leadership team that aims to continuously improve, provide excellent customer service and provide innovative solutions to complex problems
  • the benefit of being part of the wider Civil Service HR community with its first-class HR development, knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities
  • experience working with one of the most interesting and complex stakeholder landscapes in Government
  • excellent learning and development opportunities
  • opportunities for flexible working and a commitment to a healthy work life balance
  • a competitive remuneration package.


We are proud to announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. DfT’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy is recognition of our commitment to make the department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made through our range of Gender, BAME, Disability, Social Mobility and LGBTQ initiatives.


The HR Director, Reward, Policy and Arm’s- Length Bodies (ALB’s) provides strategic oversight and leadership for the development and continuous improvement of our reward, benefits and performance strategies. This is a priority area for the Department and its Agencies, and is a critical enabler for successfully recruiting, retaining and engaging our people.


In addition, this post will be the lead business partner for ALB shareholder and sponsorship teams (this includes shareholder teams for HS2, Network Rail and Highways England). You will need to ensure the provision of quality advice from local HR teams, or wider Civil Service wide HR functions as required.


This broad portfolio will give you the opportunity to work at scale and with complexity; you will need to be strategic and have confidence in your own expertise, as you balance the broader Departmental priorities against the needs of the individual organisations.


You will be an inclusive and engaging leader, supporting, developing and leading your team of around twelve, through complexity, ambiguity and change.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Lead and provide strategic direction in the development of our Group wide reward strategy
  • Shape and develop an employee value proposition working alongside the Organisational Development team
  • Provide leadership on HR Policies, ensuring that we not only keep up with legislative changes but that we use insight from our wider HR services to prioritise and continuously improve
  • In the immediate term ensure we have the right reward and policies in place to support our EU Exit work
  • Lead senior engagement with our shareholder and sponsorship teams to understand and prioritise HR requirements, and ensure the appropriate level of HR support and advice is in place
  • Build positive relationships with key senior stakeholders including the Chief Executives and Agency HR Leads, DfT Directors General, the Permanent Secretary and Civil Service Employee Policy
  • Provide wider HR Directorate leadership, and support wider engagement and capability building
  • Management of the Group People Committee and member of the Department for Transport Shareholder Board
  • Attend the DfT Executive Committee and brief the Permanent Secretary on key Group wide issues as required, such as reward strategy.


Person Specification


  • Seeing the Big Picture – able to work strategically, ensuring alignment between business strategy/context and the areas of people strategy for which you are accountable. Able to assess and balance Group wide and organisational level priorities.
  • Leadership – able to lead the organisation through its handling complex people issues. Be a visible and inclusive leader to your team, setting direction and role modelling the Civil Service leadership statement.
  • Making Effective Decisions – able to confidently take informed decisions or recommend a course of action have collected and analysed qualitative and quantitative data, and understood stakeholder needs.
  • Working together – able to build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Able to build and inclusive and supportive culture, paying attention to diverse needs and feelings of others.



  • Confident - you take charge of situations, people and decisions. You communicate confidently and give direction.
  • Problem solver - you take a positive approach to tackling problems and find ways to identify suitable solutions.
  • Networker - you proactively create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation. You identify connections and reach out to bring people together.
  • Inclusive - you recognise everyone as an individual, accepting people for who they are and treating everyone fairly. You actively encourage and provide opportunities for others to share ideas and contributions.



  • You will have HR leadership or business partnering experience, working with breadth and complexity.
  • You will have experience in reward and/or developing a broader employee value proposition
  • You will have delivered complex initiatives that impact upon organisational behaviour and culture