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Head of Strategy Development & Secretariat

Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Public Sector
£68,000 - 80,000(Cabinet Office rules apply for existing civil servants)
Expiry Date
We are seeking for an influencial leader to develop cross-cutting strategy for the Home Office and supporting the development of strategy for its individual organisations.

Job Description


The Strategy Directorate is located at the centre of the Home Office. Reporting to the Permanent Secretary, routinely it undertakes high profile, rapid and, at times, very sensitive work to support the Government’s programme and the development of the Department and wider sector.

A core part of the directorate’s role is in giving practical support, convening and thought leadership to development of sector- wide strategic capability, on which it also plays an active role in the cross-Whitehall strategy community.


You will frequently need to operate within ambiguity, identifying and defining exam questions or priorities and bringing together others – at times in the face of countervailing cultural incentives – to develop shared insights and solutions, including at pace. The role offers substantial exposure to the two leaders of the Sector and to the issues of the day, including scope to influence thinking, direction and culture.

We are looking for a leader who will be able to analyse and frame complex, multi-dimensional issues, so as to bring clarity and elucidate choices amongst senior partners; as well as someone who has an ability to generate evidence-based, robust, innovative and balanced propositions, on complex issues, that stand up to scrutiny.

The post-holder will report to Robert Arnott, Director of Strategy.

If this is a role for you, please press apply now to find out more. 

Eligibility: This is an external competition and therefore open to all grades to apply.  The successful candidate will be required to hold DV level security clearance prior to taking up post. 

Further Info

Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Olivia Courtney or Charlie Bury on 020 7035 1732 or via