Senior Accessibility Consultant

HM Land Registry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th October 2021

 

Reference number

154859

Salary

£38,552 - £40,861
(Croydon £42,099 - £44,262)

Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

HMLR - Digital, Data and Technology

Type of role

Digital

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Location

Birkenhead, North West, CH41 6DU : Croydon, London, CR0 2AQ : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BH : Durham, North East, DH1 5TR : Weymouth, South West, DT4 9TT : Gloucester, South West, GL1 1DQ : Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber, HU2 8JN : Leicester, East Midlands, LE3 5DR : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 7AU : Peterborough, Eastern, PE1 1QF : Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS : Preston, North West, PR4 1TE : Swansea, Wales, SA7 9FQ : Telford, West Midlands, TF3 4LR

About the job

Summary


It is an exciting time for HM Land Registry as we continue on a major transformation programme. HMLR's ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

We are now looking for a Senior Accessibility Consultant to join our Digital, Data and Technology team to help us to achieve this.

HM Land Registry's existing software systems and services form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion. This enables over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

Job description

As a Senior Accessibility Consultant, you will manage the high-level strategic plan for accessibility and inclusion work at HMLR, project managing a wide variety of streams of work for internal and external services, acting as both the technical specialist, but also own and be the authority responsible for accessible design policy development, including making decisions regarding accessibility, inclusion, and the impact those decisions have.

This is a new role in the HMLR design practice and is an exciting opportunity to shape the role, strategy, direction, and processes for accessible and inclusive design from scratch. You will manage responses to accessibility complaints brought to HMLR, providing solutions and recommendations to delivery teams to fix, and a strategy to senior stakeholders on how to avoid these in future.

In line with current government guidance, the role will initially be home based so an induction and training will be carried out remotely, with full support from the team.

Responsibilities

To meet the requirements of this role, you will have relevant work experience or a degree or further education in a related discipline, including accessibility, interaction, service and digital design.

You will be able to provide evidence of expert skills in putting together and executing on a strategy for accessible and inclusive services, including experience of communicating a vision and agreeing or negotiating requirements with a wide range of senior stakeholders, directors, and heads of practices. You will have strong negotiation and persuasion skills to ensure accessibility is considered at programme level. A broad range of communication skills are essential including, presenting complex data and topics, public speaking, teaching, coaching and excellent written skills.

In addition, you will have expert knowledge and experience of the Government Service Standard, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018 and ensure compatibility with Assistive Technologies. Demonstrable experience of evaluating the accessibility of digital products and presenting feedback, advice, training, and solutions to help fix identified issues is essential.

Where an individual taking up the responsibility will be based in Swansea Office, the ability to speak Welsh is desirable.

For more information about the role, please see the attached candidate pack.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Benefits

HM Land Registry offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated. We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry/about/recruitment#what-hm-land-registry-can-offer-you

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please cut and paste an anonymous CV into the online application form when prompted and include your qualifications, career history, skills and experience.

The statement of suitability section (in no more than 750 words) should be used to provide details of how you meet the essential experience criteria listed in the candidate pack below:

• Strategic leadership skills:
- Evidence of expert skills in putting together and executing on a strategy for accessible and inclusive services
- Can communicate a vision and agree or negotiate requirements with a wide range of senior stakeholders, directors, and heads of practices
- Strong negotiation and persuasion skills to ensure accessibility is considered at programme level
- A broad range of communication skills required; presenting complex data and topics, public speaking, teaching, coaching and excellent written skills

• Accessible design skills:
- Expert knowledge and experience of the Government Service Standard, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018 and ensure compatibility with Assistive Technologies.
- Demonstrable experience of evaluating the accessibility of digital products and presenting feedback, advice, training, and solutions to help fix identified issues

Please keep in mind that we are looking for real examples of things that you have done, not just the theory or best practice. You can talk about your experiences whether they’re relating to your work, your home life, side projects, or other activities you undertake. We want to hear about you, and what you’ve done.

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date. If successful at the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual, blended interview including a Design Task which will be conducted as a video interview week commencing 1 November 2021.

The blended interview will test the behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested.

Candidates may refer to notes within their video interview but they should be used as a prompt only.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

If you would like further information about the use of your personal data, please click on the link below:

Job Applicant Personal Information

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.

Apply and further information

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 :  Laura Yarrow
Email :  Laura.Yarrow@landregistry.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/making-complaint/

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