Lead Data Governance Manager

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 29th September 2022



Reference number



£66,860 - £89,995
National Min £66,860 - Max £74,392 Outer London Min £71,187 - Max £79,246 Inner London Min £72,545 - Max £80,341


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



This role will be based in Blackpool, Leeds, London, Newcastle or Sheffield. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.


Would you love the opportunity to help shape the future data governance within DWP?

Are you someone who would enjoy collaborating with multiple organisations and teams to drive how data can legally and safely inform ongoing improvements in the fabric of Government?

If so, click that apply button now and join us as a Lead Data Governance Manager.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Data Governance Manager to join us in the newly established Office of the Chief Data Officer.

DWP uses data every day in multiple different ways to enable us to operate as an organisation. Data is vitally important to DWP - enabling us to make strategic decisions about our policies and operations, as well as day-to-day decisions about how we run our service and our customers’ entitlements. Data is increasingly being recognised as the critical strategic asset it is - as the department is shifting towards becoming a data-led organisation. The Office of the Chief Data Officer (OoCDO) has been setup in DWP to support and enable this strategic shift.

The Lead Data Governance Manager in OoCDO will play a key role in driving forward the department’s development of the key capabilities needed to achieve our overall strategic objectives: to providing more joined up, differentiated customer services and making more real-time operational decisions to meet customer needs. The post holder will do this by working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation to understand their data needs and evolve the strategies and policies required to meet those needs, supporting our overall effort to re-enforce a culture of treating data as a strategic asset in the department.

Job description

The Lead Data Governance Manager will report to the Deputy Chief Data Officer. They will be responsible for the evolution of the Departments sub-strategies and work closely with DWP senior leaders to support and enable their implementation.

The Lead Data Governance Manager will:

• Work across organisational boundaries with and for Ministers, senior leaders and key partners to help shape the strategic agenda for data in the department and the DWP data strategy and its sub-strategies in response.

• Provide vision and direction for the Chief Data Office’s overall effort to re-enforce a culture of treating data as a strategic asset and work with and through others to achieve results.

• Advise senior leaders on key strategic data risks and mitigations and assessing the consequences of proposed changes, both internally and externally.

• Lead the department’s thinking on strategic data exchange across government.

• Lead change to ensure DWP is focused on being ‘Data Driven’ as a department and able to realise the full value from its data assets. building buy in and support across the Department - developing the departmental approach to understanding the value of our data and driving up data literacy as part of an overall effort to re-enforce a culture of treating data as a strategic asset.

• Build and maintain relationships with senior leaders in DWP Business Areas, including central functions such as Legal, Data Protection Office. Leading the development and implementation of the right roles and responsibilities for data across DWP.

• Lead the department’s thinking on strategic data exchange across government - Curating the departmental position on key issues related to cross-government use of data – representing the department at cross-departmental forums, and providing briefing to the Perm Sec, CDIO, CDO and others to do so where appropriate.

• Produce high quality reports and communications to the DWP Data Board and the DWP Executive Team as well as senior leaders where needed.


The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact Felicity.smith@dwp.gov.uk.

• An employer pension contribution of up to 27% For further information please click here.
• Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
• Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
• Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring. 
• An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

Salary Information


Salary for this role in London is from £72,545 (Band min) to £80,341 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £80,341 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £9,654 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.


Salary for this role in National locations is from £66,860 (Band min) to £74,392 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £74,392 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £15,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.


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 security check.

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

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application

Your application will consist of three parts:

1. A Personal Details application form.

2. Your employment history detailing your responsibilities, skills, accomplishments, plus your qualifications and relevant training. Please copy this information into the box field provided.

3. Personal statement up to 750 words. 

When giving details in your employment history and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

Experience of confident and inspiring leadership within a data context - providing vision and direction and taking ownership and accountability for supporting your team and provide upward challenge to deliver outcomes and decisions, address key strategic organisational risks and/or drive change.

Demonstrable experience in building diverse, capable teams, and create an environment where teams are supported to be successful and well-being is valued.

Skilled in anticipating complex data policy and strategy issues and taking ownership for solving problems of sufficient complexity and depth.

Demonstrable skills in influencing the way things are done working in a collaborative way, through others, utilising your network of key strategic stakeholders, establishing common purpose and leading teams to identify and breakdown barriers and overcome difficulties.

Experience in developing and introducing data governance approaches to enable organisational improvement and monitor progress against strategic data change, making use of change management concepts and strategies, including high competence in communication skills to deliver cultural change.

The sift panel will use the information in your employment history and personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign. 

Important Information

• You will be asked to complete your employment history any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form.
• Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
• If your employment history/personal statement contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.

Stage 2: Interview

If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria.

You will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview. 

Interviews will take place from early-October 2022.

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location. 

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers. 

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

Reasonable Adjustment

At DWP we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce.

We consider visible and non-visible disabilities, neurodiversity or learning differences, chronic medical conditions, or mental ill health. Examples include dyslexia, epilepsy, autism, chronic fatigue, or schizophrenia.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:Contact Government Recruitment Service via DWPrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Reasonable Adjustments” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Felicity Smith
  • Email : Felicity.smith@dwp.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK.
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission. Click here to visit the Civil Service Commission.

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