Deputy Director for I.T

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Closing date: 27 Mar 2019

Reference number



£68,000 - £80,000


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 years

Business area

DCMS - Finance & Commercial

Type of role

Information Technology
Senior leadership

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



City of Westminster, London, SW1A 2BQ

About the job

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual looking to make a difference in a dynamic, forward-looking department. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports you will be working at the heart of government’s digital agenda, working alongside people passionate about the possibilities for IT, and with strong aspirations to be a leading light within government in the use of flexible and affordable IT that meets the diverse needs of a department with a very broad agenda.

The role of Deputy Director for IT is a new one for DCMS, which is being created to lead an expanded team within the Department itself that will be responsible not only for the effective and efficient delivery of existing IT services but, in conjunction with our partners and internal stakeholders, putting together a programme of IT improvements that will transform the way we do business. This is a change to the business model for IT delivery that we have followed over the last few years, which has been largely delivered through a shared service with the Cabinet Office. While a number of our IT services will continue to be delivered by the Cabinet Office, this new team will lead work across a wider range of delivery partners and draw on their expertise and insights to deliver services and infrastructure that meet the needs of a department that has grown threefold in the last four years.

Critically, this role requires an individual with both strong technical knowledge, who is able to confidently lead a team of IT experts both within and outside the Department, and someone who is also excellent at stakeholder management, negotiating and influencing to ensure our specialist delivery partners perform in the best interests of the Department.

For further information about the role, please refer to the attached candidate information pack.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits.

This includes:
- 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays. This will be complemented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.

- A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire. For detailed information, please visit

- Flexible working patterns including part- time and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours.

- Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.

Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here.

- Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle.

- The opportunity to use subsidised onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable).

- Occupational sick pay.

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

As part of your application you will be required to:

- Enter some basic personal details;
- Upload 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;
- Upload a Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages of A4) covering your interest in the position; evidence of how your personal skills, qualities and experience make you suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification.

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

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

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

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or have any questions please get in touch with us here:

Sift/interview dates and location

Advert closing date: 27th March 2019
Short list meeting: 2nd April 2019
Leadership assessments: 8th April to 19th April 2019
Technical assessment/presentation and interviews are expected to take place on 16th May 2019 in Westminster, London.

Further information

To reflect the lead the department takes on digital policy, the Prime Minister has recently agreed a departmental name change and DCMS is now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
We are working to update CS Jobs to reflect this change, but candidates should note that correspondence from the department, including employment contracts for instance, will be issued in our new name

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” 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 have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

Any move to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Successful applicants from OGDs will be appointed on inward loan and subject to the terms of the agreed inward loan agreement

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Head of Resourcing, Marie Egan (, in the first instance

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