Policy Adviser (Band B2)

Department for Exiting the European Union

Closing date: 27 May 2019

Reference number



£31,494 - £46,464


Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Band B2

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

For external candidates this will be a two year fixed term appointment. For current Civil Servants this will be a 2-year loan from your home department.

Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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



Number of posts




About the job

Job description

Our challenges are at the centre of government, encompassing a wide portfolio of projects linked to our exit from the EU. We are making history and you could be a part of it.

We’re a small, exhilarating department focused on policy development and delivery. We offer Civil Servants early exposure to Ministers and senior officials; opportunities to develop critical expertise in the relationship with the EU; a development offer for staff that is second to none and a variety of flexible working arrangements.

Our department has been created in order to:

1. Secure the best possible deal on the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU and build a deep and comprehensive future partnership between the UK and the EU;
2. Deliver and legislate for the UK’s exit from the EU;
3. Inform, engage and mobilise interested parties to help shape and secure an exit from the EU; and
4. Attract, develop and retain great people and organise ourselves flexibly to deliver our objectives efficiently and effectively.

You will have the chance to build and extend your knowledge and expertise across a wide range of policy issues affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union, and to build and develop your networks across the Civil Service. The variety of roles we are offering will often involve contact with Ministers and senior officials across government, and close working with Treasury, Cabinet Office and No.10 colleagues.

However, it's not just about what we do - it's how we do it. We’re driven by our shared values, including our commitment to creating a fair and inclusive working environment. The DExEU Difference brings to life our commitment to supporting you to give your best; to use your time here to help develop your potential and, longer term, to achieve your aspirations.

When you join us you will experience the DExEU Difference, including:
• Mentoring and coaching opportunities;
• A strong focus on L&D, including bespoke EU Exit specific skills;
• A flexible and competitive reward offer;
• Active diversity and inclusion networks with senior champions; and
• Supportive family friendly policies and flexible working, including part-time hours.

Everything you do here matters. The DExEU difference supports you to do all this to the best of your ability and for maximum benefits to you personally and to the department’s objectives. Our pace, context and size provides you with the opportunity to develop essential Civil Service skills in a more amplified manner.

In joining us, you will become a part of a diverse group of people, with backgrounds from Whitehall and beyond, who are committed to making history.

About the role
Being a policy lead offers the opportunity to directly support DExEU’s ever evolving agenda and top priorities. You will be involved in delivery of a range of important, consequential and historic policies using your strong sense of public service to achieve success.

Policy Leads in DExEU are comfortable dealing with complexity, able to work at pace and are resilient. They analyse and make best use of complex information, within the political and democratic context, using it to design, plan and deliver government policy. You’ll be able to do this through collaborating with others and engaging with stakeholders at the most senior levels, including Ministers.

You will play a supporting role in delivering policies of significance in the context of our exit from the EU. You can expect to be involved in issues that are a priority for the UK government and of wider national interest.

Please see attached candidate pack for further information on DExEU's Policy Teams.

Person Specification
If successful in this role, you will:
• Be able to settle into new teams, forming good work relationships and working effectively without understanding all the details;
• Be a strong, solution-focused analytical thinker with a lens on the big picture impact of our work and how it impacts others;
• Have strong report writing skills being able to communicate key messages clearly and succinctly to senior leaders; and
• Be highly organised, with the ability to work on, manage and plan multiple projects within tight timelines and with minimal supervision.

In some of our roles you also need to be comfortable with frequent change - both moving between projects and as priorities change during projects.

Essential skills for this role include:
Analysis - you will be comfortable working with complex, not always complete, information
Written and oral communication - you’ll be able to use your language to speak to different audiences
Team player - you will be a natural collaborator, building strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders from day one.

Whilst not required, we would expect successful candidates to have professional experience in one or more of the following contexts/subject areas: EU regulations; management consultancy; and working in, or with, national or local government.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture



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 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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Once you have completed some basic personal details you will be invited to take the online Civil Service Judgement and Verbal Reasoning tests.

Please note that online tests associated with this vacancy are not subject to time limits. Guidance for each test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

If you pass these tests, you will then be invited to:

(i) Submit a Personal Statement (800 word limit) explaining:

“How you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the the person specification and essential skills required for the role.”

(ii) Complete the CV section, setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.

You must register prior to midnight on 27th May 2019 and take the online tests before midnight on 29th May 2019.

Candidates successful in the tests can then submit their personal statement and their CV prior to midnight on 2nd June 2019.

Candidates demonstrating the best fit with the assessment criteria will be invited to a telephone interview. Candidates who pass this stage, will be invited to face-to-face interviews, which will be held in London.

The telephone interview will assess two of the Behaviours listed above. For the face-to-face interviews, candidates will take part in a blended interview where the remaining Behaviours and some strength elements are assessed.

Further details will be provided to all shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants


Please ensure you include the 7 digit reference (1629963) in the subject of your email.

Online test instructions

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is midnight on 29th May 2019.

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift will take place on a rolling basis throughout duration of the campaign.

Interviews will take place in London on a rolling basis, expected to commence from week commencing 13th May 2019.

Candidates are advised to submit their applications early to account for the rolling sift and interview dates above.

Further information

Please see attached Candidate Pack for further information.

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