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Head of Industrial Policy

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Public Sector
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This is an opportunity to lead the MOD Head Office team developing defence industrial policy and supporting Ministers in the department’s strategic engagement with the defence sector.

Job Description

Job description

This is an opportunity to lead the MOD Head Office team developing defence industrial policy and supporting Ministers in the department’s strategic engagement with the defence sector. Working to the Director Prosperity and International Business (DPIB), the post holder is also responsible for taking forward wider initiatives within Government to support the National Security Objective to promote UK prosperity. Given the Prime Minister’s interest in Industrial Strategy, this is a particularly exciting time to lead a team at the forefront of developing defence’s approach in this area with scope to work closely across Government and with the most senior levels of UK defence industry. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Lead on the Strategic Defence and Security Review commitments to refresh defence industrial policy, developing an approach with colleagues in Defence, industry and wider Government which best serves our National Security Objectives. Crucially, this also involves ensuring we have the right evidence base and sustainably resourced approaches to implement our policy commitments. 
  • Bring a strategic defence industrial perspective to bear in the development of related policy, notably on innovation, in our approach to shaping strategic military capability approaches, and in support of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, recognising the importance of coherence in policy across a broad waterfront, and its political, industrial, economic and international context. 
  • Shape and manage our strategic engagement with industry through the Defence Suppliers Forum, the principal mechanism by which Ministers and senior MOD officers / officials discuss core Departmental and industrial interests, and agree a programme of joint work. 
  • Lead MOD engagement with the Defence Growth Partnership, designed to strengthen export-led growth, investment and innovation in the UK defence sector, and working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to use this as a vehicle for reinforcing key UK prosperity objectives on productivity, skills and regional development. 
  • Lead development and implementation of policy on freedom of action and operational advantage, in close co-operation with military capability, S&T and commercial colleagues, to meet an SDSR commitment to strengthen the process by which we understand and protect essential capabilities in the supply chain. 
  • Work closely with the wider directorate in developing a more systematic approach within Defence for considering and promoting approaches which benefit UK prosperity, notably in such areas as exports / exportability, skills / jobs, inward investment and industrial competitiveness. 

Leadership of Industrial Policy involves sustaining the performance, engagement and development of a team of eight people, and an aptitude for flexible matrix working across the Directorate, MOD, wider Government and with industry. 


  • Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.


Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.


Selection process details

  • Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
  • Nationality requirements
  • Open to UK nationals only.



Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.


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Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is: 

Advert Closing Date 9:00AM 6th December 2017 

Short List Meeting 14th December 2017 

Assessments W/C 8th and 15th January 2018 

Interviews W/C 5th February 2018 

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.