Deputy Director, Customs EU Exit Negotiations

HM Revenue and Customs

Closing date: 22 Jan 2019

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£68,000 - £117,800


SCS Pay Band 1

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Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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



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About the job

Job description

As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, we are appointing an SCS1 lead for our future Customs EU Exit Negotiations. This post will be at the forefront of HMRC’s negotiations that will allow the UK to regulate and enable international trade.

Given the particularly high profile nature of this work, the post holder will need to guide their team, the civil service and business groups through a period of transformation. They will be delivering outcomes whilst working through ambiguity, ensuring relevant information is available in this fast moving environment, especially with significant media interest during the negotiations period.

The post holder will be responsible for leading the EU exit negotiation strategy and developing comprehensive policy proposals across a range of challenges that affect the UK’s capacity to trade on a global scale, taking into account the potential reputational risks to the UK.

They will be required to use their influence and exceptional negotiation skills to build partnerships with a variety of key stakeholders such as DExEU, DIT, Home Office etc. to ensure the entire UK government’s needs are taken into account during these crucial talks and outcomes.

Working directly to the Directors of Customs and Border Design within the Customer Strategy & Tax Design Group, the successful applicant will lead a small team of policy professionals, undertaking urgent policy work, in the short term on the NI border and backstop arrangements. The post holder will also become an active member of the directorate SLT, and provide visible SCS leadership presence.

The successful candidate will be accountable directly to the Directors of Customs and Border Design, though they can also be expected to be called to regularly brief the Director General of Customer Strategy & Tax Design Group and our Permanent Secretaries. The post holder will also work closely with HM Treasury policy partners, as well as colleagues in Cabinet Office and across Whitehall.

Key Responsibilities
• SCS lead for development of customs policy for the land-border and Crown Dependencies
• SCS lead for customs EU Exit negotiations
• Direct line management of 2 Grade 6 staff
• Heading and managing a team of approximately 25 staff

Person Specification
To be successful in this role you will need to be an experienced leader who is comfortable working at pace in a complex and fast-moving environment.

You will also be able to demonstrate:
Excellent leadership skills with the ability to nurture and build capability within teams, the ability to motivate people towards stretching goals and inspire the team and delivery partners to engage fully with our business plans and HMRC’s long term vision.

Delivering at pace
Strong focus on delivery with the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances and tight timescales as priorities evolve and escalate

Communicating and influencing
Evidence of strong communication skills with the ability to communicate with conviction and clarity to ensure you can take a diverse set of stakeholders and delivery partners with you

A strong track record of building effective internal and external partnerships very quickly across organisational boundaries.

Specialist knowledge
Experience of leading bilateral or multi-lateral international negotiations

Whilst not essential, it is desirable that the successful candidate should have;
Knowledge of customs policy



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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 security 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 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.

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Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions about the role, or would like to discuss the post further, please email Katherine Green or Sophie Dean on

Sift/interview dates and location

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. If you are unable to meet these time frames, please let us know in your application letter.

The anticipated timetable is as follows:

Advert Closing Date 22nd January 2019
Expected shortlist announcement 23rd/24th January 2019
Interviews 30th/31st January 2019

Interviews will take place in London. Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Further information

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

Failure to complete both (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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