Deputy Director, Digital Delivery

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Closing date: 26 Apr 2018

Reference number



Minimum 63,000.00 - Maximum 117,800.00


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



A minimum of 3 days based in Crewe and the other 2 days based at another Defra hub London, Newcastle, Bristol.

About the job

Job description

This DDTS EU Exit Programme is currently looking for a Deputy Director, Digital Delivery, a Project Delivery Professional role, in order to enhance the management and delivery within this high- profile, time-critical programme. A major part of the programme is being delivered using an agile approach.
The Deputy Director, Digital Delivery will manage a number of Digital Programme Leads who lead a cluster of projects and programmes for the digital delivery programme in EU Exit. This includes;
Responsible for the key project/programme deliverables, dependencies and opportunities and take action to accelerate and assure delivery progress.
Be a key focal point for the organisation on the strategic position and status of the delivery projects.
Drive delivery of the digital development projects to ensure delivery within demanding timescales and manage requirement uncertainty through the application of agile delivery methods.
Responsible for effective financial control to deliver projects within budget including financial approval decisions within delegated authority.
Provide a clear, strategic and accepted position of the status, interdependencies, risks and opportunities within the programme.
Lead people engagement for the programme in order to build a collaborative and engaged digital working environment for development projects.The role will also lead, ensure and assure the development and continuous improvement to projects and programmes. This includes;
Responsibility for the implementation of an efficient decision making process based on objective tracking of desired outcomes, cost, risk, inter-dependencies and impact across the Portfolio, unblocking issues and planning dependencies to enable individual projects to make faster progress.
Tracking project/programme delivery progress, offering constructive advice, sharing design and delivery patterns and being an escalation point for projects where delivery progress needs to accelerate or requires support.
Overseeing the development of appropriate planning products such as capability roadmaps and staged release plans for capability to build stakeholder confidence.
Implementing corrective actions by engaging and influencing senior management and stakeholders to remove delivery choke points.
Responsible for ensuring projects and programmes are delivered within funding envelope ensuring a clear resource /demand profile is in place.
Ensuring programme dependencies and risks are identified, unblocked and managed.
As Deputy Director Digital Delivery, you would be accountable
for the delivery of complex products and services that are being delivered by multiple teams or have high technical or political risk.



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 counter-terrorist check.

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, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


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

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For more information including details of how to apply please download the documents via the links below. If you are unable to access the links you can request an application pack by emailing quoting reference 1579402

Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is:
Short List Meeting Week commencing 7th May 2018
Assessments Week commencing 14th and 21st May 2018
Interviews Week commencing 28th May 2018

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

Further information

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process as set out in the 'How to Apply' section of the information pack.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that both your CV and Statement of Suitability contain your full name.

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Further information about the role or how to apply can be found in the information pack below.

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