Deputy Director, Information Management & Security

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 20th June 2021


Reference number



£71,000 per annum (£74,500 London)


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CCG - Other

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share

Number of posts



Core CCFP locations: Croydon, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle. (Other HMRC regional locations can be considered).

About the job


Customer Compliance Group (CCG) ensures that HMRC successfully collects the full and correct amount of
money due from UK taxpayers, investigates offences against the tax system and takes action to identify and
mitigate potential threats.
In CCG, we want to provide a quality service to help customers get their tax right. We want to make it easy for
them to repay or receive the right money at the right time. Whilst we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
we aim to gradually restart compliance activity, developing plans to suit requirement.

Our four priorities will support us in doing this:

Creating a great place to work:

Making a difference in how it feels to work together, including wellbeing, work-life balance, developing
careers, recognising, rewarding and a respectful and inclusive culture.

Compliance and tackling tax threats:

Getting things right first time, making sure customer experience is quality-focussed. This is about having a
sense of pride in what we do.

Getting the basics right for colleagues:

Fixing issues that disrupt service delivery and understanding how it feels to work for HMRC. Giving clear
communications, training and support.

Getting ready for the future:

Adapting to changing customer behaviours and rising expectations, using insight and technology to
develop our services

Job description

You will be a member of CCG’s Finance & Planning Directorate’s senior leadership team. In conjunction with
your fellow Deputy Directors you will support CCG’s Director of Finance and Planning in providing a range of
central services that play a key part in keeping Customer Compliance Group safe.
You will lead a central team of information management and security experts, providing a business partnering
service across CCG.
You will also work closely in the first year with the Data Protection Programme Director in CCG Transformation
team who is leading our GDPR systems rectification work.
Building on existing information management practices and working closely with our data protection
transformation programme leadership, you will help to embed and maintain a culture of good information
management practices across CCG.
You will encourage insight and learning from security incidents to improve processes. You will also take a
leading role in assuring CCG’s business continuity plans remain updated and appropriate.
This is a chance to innovate. This is a newly created role at this level, with a growing team reporting into the
post. We are looking for a proven leader with excellent engagement skills at all levels. You will need to be
comfortable working with stakeholders at senior levels across HMRC.
In addition, you will bring pragmatism to your leadership, using your knowledge of operations to deliver
sustainable uplift in information management practices.

Key Responsibilities:

Leading the enhancement of information management capabilities and capacities across CCG:

Ensuring good information management practice is embedded at the heart of CCG operational practice.

Developing and implementing effective operational information management policies and practices in accordance with the Taxes Acts, data protection and other regulatory requirements and alongside national HMRC policy.

Working closely with CCG Transformation and operational process owners in designing and implementing those policies.

Supplying support services to help deliver good information management practice where central delivery is the most appropriate solution.
Developing information management solutions for the CCG Target Operating Model working closely with business policy, process and transformation leads.

Building effective stakeholder relationships:

Key internal relationship includes the HMRC CSIR team, CCG Director General and Directors, Security & Information leads in other HMRC groups; CCG process framework and transformation lead; CDIO and CCG systems experts.

Close working relationship with CCG Programme Director for Data Protection Programme, acting a senior user for the Programme.

Providing specialist security and information management expertise to CCG directorates across CCG through effective leadership of a business partnering service:
Supporting CCG staff with specialist advice
Reporting on performance
Developing and sharing insight from analysis of security incidents
Improving security and information management practice across CCG

Maintaining the CCG Business Continuity Plan:
Assuring that CCG creates, maintains and uses effective business continuity plans in accordance with HMRC policy

Advising and supporting the Director General in delivering her Business Continuity Plan (BCP) accountabilities.
Liaising with the central BCP teams in the development of HMRC policies into the future

Leading CCG secure office clearance process in support of the Building our Future locations programme.

Providing highly visible leadership in CCF&P, championing HMRC strategy and leadership behaviours, living HMRC’s values and clearly articulating the culture needed to make HMRC successful.


As a senior leader in HMRC, you will play a key role in leadership, facilitating change and enhancing insight to improve decision making.

You should be comfortable working at pace in a complex, multi stakeholder environment with high levels of senior visibility.

You will need to work collaboratively and be a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills.

While this is a central services role, some operational experience will be extremely beneficial in bringing an understanding of the challenges of effective information management within HMRC’s operations.

You should be confident in bringing innovation into existing services and developing your team.

Whilst knowledge of good information management and security would be useful, it is strong leadership skills that are essential for driving and embedding change in this area.

Essential Criteria:.

You will have strong leadership skills, with experience of managing diverse teams across multi locations and an ability to motivate, inspire and guide others, including senior colleagues, to deliver in a complex environment.

You will be an innovator with strong collaborative skills, comfortable challenging the status quo, and being challenged.

You will have highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills with a demonstrable ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders up to the most senior levels.

Confident and resilient, you will bring energy and drive to the role, but also manage your own time and that of your team well, protecting wellbeing and team resilience.

Understanding and experience of the principles and practices for GDPR, Information Management and processing data for the purpose of Law Enforcement Processing.

Desirable Criteria:

Knowledge and experience of delivering HMG security principles and standards in a complex organisation.

Understanding and experience of principles of building and personnel security.

Knowledge and experience of delivering business continuity planning in an evolving and complex business operation.

Knowledge and experience of HMRC compliance operations.

Knowledge and experience of leading and managing change.


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details


To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process which includes completing the application form as outlined below:

A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to email a CV and a Statement of Suitability will mean we only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that the two documents contain your full name.

Should you encounter any issues with your application please get in touch with us on:

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact us.


An application pre-sift will be conducted by the SCS Recruitment Team followed by an in-depth review by the Vacancy Holder and Panel.

The panel will assess and select applicants who demonstrate the best fit with the role by considering the evidence provided against the criteria set out in the ‘Person Specification’. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

A decision is expected to be made by week commencing 28th June 2021 and all shortlisted candidates will be advised of the outcome shortly afterwards.

All shortlisted candidates may be offered an opportunity to have an informal conversation with a member of the panel. This is not an assessment phase but is an opportunity for each candidate to gain greater insight into the context of the role. This is optional, but highly recommended.


If shortlisted for interview, you will be asked to take part in a Staff Engagement Exercise.

This is a psychometric test that does not result in a pass or fail decision, rather, it is designed to support the panel’s decision making and highlight areas for further exploration at interview.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to candidates shortlisted for interview.

We will send you a copy of a report for any assessment that you have undergone as part of the recruitment process (if requested).


You will be asked to attend an interview for a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence.

We will also ask you to prepare a 5 minute verbal presentation. Details will be issued in advance of your interview.

Given the current situation with the pandemic, interviews are being conducted via video (full instructions will be issued prior to interview).

Regardless of the outcome, we will notify all candidates as soon as possible once all interviews have concluded.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Nigel Dominey
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

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