IPA Deputy Director for BEIS and Foreign Affairs

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The IPA provides expert project delivery advice, support and assurance to government departments and works with industry to ensure projects are delivered efficiently and effectively, and to improve performance over time.

Job Description

The IPA Deputy Director for BEIS and Foreign Affairs is a pivotal delivery role in the IPA with responsibility for the most ambitious and unique portfolio of projects that support the net zero agenda; with many of their projects involving new or emerging technology that will need to be deployed at scale.

Over the past year the responsibility and importance of this role has continued to grow with the GMPP reset and the subsequent acceleration of net zero targets. Acting as a major representative for the IPA, you will provide departments significant project delivery support in order to help them transition from policy-based departments to major delivery forces.

We are looking for passionate individuals who build excellent teams and deliver the strategies and initiatives for the future of Infrastructure and Programme delivery.


As the Deputy Director for BEIS and Foreign affairs, your duty will be to coordinate project delivery, commercial and financial advice through matrix working to ensure senior responsible owners in other departments leads can deliver the Government’s major priorities. Utilising departmental and sector specific expertise, you will be the ‘front door’ for all IPA activity for BEIS (Department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy), DfT (Department for Transport) and FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office).

- Build a high-performing team to work across the whole of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to serve Ministers, departments and external stakeholders.

- Build key relationships with Ministers and stakeholders in the centre of Government to advise and influence key decisions at critical stages.

- Lead on change and development of Government Projects through the use of strategic initiatives, key advice, and leadership.

Over the past year the responsibility and importance of this role has continued to grow with the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) reset and the subsequent acceleration of net zero targets. BEIS needs significant project delivery support as it transitions from a policy based department to a major delivery force. All major projects on GMPP - for BEIS in particular - are listed as “Tier A” in the IPA, indicating IPA-led Data Tracking, Independent Assurance, and Active Support, and include:

- Heat Networks Investment Project;
- Met Office SuperComputer;
- New Polar Research Vessel;
- Geological Disposal Facility Programme (GDF);
- [Nuclear site] Sellafield Product and Residue Store Retreatment Plant;
- [Nuclear site] Sellafield Replacement Analytics Programme;
- [Nuclear site] Sixep Contingency Plant;
- Space Based PNT Programme;
- Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund;
- Vaccines; and
- Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (A).

The post holder will be a key leadership member of the Project Delivery Team in the IPA, and accountable for providing passionate leadership to the business unit to help shape an inclusive and engaging culture, promote real outcomes, and deliver objectives.

Essential Criteria

- Extensive experience of project delivery, with a deep understanding of how projects are delivered successfully in complex or multi-stakeholder environments, working collaboratively and building trust across diverse stakeholder groups to deliver change.

- Project and/or allied disciplines (public procurement, contract management, etc.) experience that involves a practice of using strategic thinking to take a future-focused approach to continuous improvement.

- Experience of using excellent critical-thinking and analytical abilities to draw broad & novel solutions or insights from large and complex sets of data & evidence.

- Demonstrate experience of using outstanding communication skills to sell the organisation’s message and influence others to secure collaboration, and engaging effectively with senior stakeholders.

- Experience of building productive relationships across teams in order to progress, develop, and implement solutions.

- Inspiring leadership skills with the ability to motivate and enable a diverse team to deliver high quality results through a period of change.