Director of Strategy, Policy and Analysis

Contract Type
Public Sector
Expiry Date
At the Insolvency Service, we believe our principal role is to deliver economic confidence; we do this by supporting those in financial distress, tackling financial wrongdoing and maximising returns to creditors.

Job Description

Our Structure
We are an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with headquarters in London. We have around 1,700 staff operating from 22 locations across Great Britain, with offices in Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Brighton, Chatham, Ipswich, Cambridge, Croydon, Southend-On-Sea, London, Watford, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Birkenhead, Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh.

Strategy, Policy and Analysis directorate
The main focus of the directorate is to deliver Agency strategy coordination, develop insolvency policy, provide analysis and performance functions (statistics, management information and other economist/analyst functions) as well as oversight regulation of the insolvency practitioner profession.

Job description

The Director of Strategy, Policy and Analysis will provide strategic leadership covering a range of work and teams, dealing with agency strategy (including its strategic business plans), agency analysis (statistics, management information and other economist/ analyst functions), policy activity within the agency as well as providing oversight regulation of the insolvency practitioner profession.

Main Objectives

Overview of the post
• Contributing towards successful delivery of the agency strategy and Insolvency Service business plan and identifying the strategic priority deliverables
• Leading the performance and insight function to ensure the agency strategy, plans and targets are data led and requirements to produce national insolvency statistics are met
• Overseeing the development of insolvency policy and legislation to support government and agency priorities.
• Working closely with Ministers, the CEO and BEIS to deliver on government and agency priorities for the insolvency regime
• Working closely the stakeholder community to understand their issues and ensure that they are addressed when implementing policy and regulatory changes.
• The role is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Executive Committee, taking a leadership responsibility along with the other executives across the insolvency service. The Director will report directly to the Chief Executive.

Person Specification
• Be highly articulate and credible at the most senior level across and outside the civil service, consistently delivering inspiring, engaging and meaningful messages about the future direction.
• Champion the strategic importance of people, talent management and development issues, building a strong culture of continuous learning.
• Take a strategic perspective to identify the capability needs of the organisation and identifying and nurturing future leaders through well-defined succession planning.
• Embed a culture of value for money, working collaboratively across boundaries to ensure that the organisation maximizes its strategic outcomes within the resourcing available.
• Build a performance culture that is orientated to tangible delivery outcomes and rewards those appropriately.
• Shape, promote and exemplify desired departmental and civil service values and culture.

Key Skills/Experience
• A proven track record of policy formulation, development and implementation.
• Proven leadership experience, with the ability to empower and motivate others in a dynamic environment and across organisational boundaries, with an engaging, adaptable, leadership style.
• Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, with the credibility and ability to build excellent relationships with key stakeholders across organizational boundaries and evidence of a collaborative approach to working.
• An ability to cope and be resilient under pressure, and to be responsive to new risks and emerging priorities.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to present complex issues simply and effectively to a non-technical audience.
• Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to interpret complex management information, statistics and financial data.
• An ability to confidently navigate Whitehall, capable of drawing upon and establishing networks.
• Building effective stakeholder relationships to support collaborative working and policy development, in particular with the insolvency industry, business and creditor trade bodies and the debt advice sector.

Desirable Skills
• Knowledge of insolvency policy, law and practice
• Knowledge of insolvency regulation, or regulation in a similar professional field