Chief Scientific Adviser and DG Science, Technology, Analysis, Research and Strategy

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 19th July 2020


Reference number



£111,500 - £140,000


SCS Pay Band 3

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

3 years

Business area


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

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

Number of posts



The post could be based at a number of our hubs in London, Croydon, Sheffield and Birmingham, with regular London, national and possibly international travel as required.

About the job


The Home Office is responsible for keeping Britain’s streets safe and its borders secure and for leading on key issues at the heart of the Government’s agenda including; immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy, counter-extremism and counter-terrorism as well as ensuring visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK. The challenges the Department faces are significant and can change rapidly in the global environment in which we operate making the Home Office one of the most stimulating departments to work in.

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of scientific advice to our work. As we try to manage the repercussions, this advice will continue to be crucial to how we operate in the future. You will be joining the Home Office at a pivotal movement in the Department’s history as it sets out to deliver an ambitious transformation agenda, establishing new ways of working to tackle the challenges of the future.

The Home Office is seeking an exceptional Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to lead on the use of scientific advice to help shape the Home Office’s strategy and inform policy making and operational decisions. To reflect the changing prioritises of the Department, the next CSA will also act as Director General (DG) for Science, Technology, Analysis, Research and Strategy and have management responsibility for at least three directorates totalling about 700 people.

Job description

The individual will take on a significant leadership and transformation challenge ensuring that the Department has access to the evidence it needs and thinks strategically about its future, working closely with the Permanent Secretary, the Home Secretary and Ministerial team.

They will be a highly credible scientist of international renown in a relevant discipline, from academia, industry or other research environment. You will need to be able to synthesise information so that it is useful for policy and operational decision makers, have scientific credibility with the external and internal scientific communities and a strong network of scientific colleagues. You will be an experienced leader, bringing both your own expertise, but also the proven ability to harness the expertise of others. Extensive senior leadership experience with evidence of developing a compelling organisational vision and providing direction for large; disparate teams is essential. Candidates will have the personal resilience to adapt and operate in an ambiguous, fast-changing and complex environment which is subject to regular scrutiny by the media, public and others.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain Developed Vetting (DV) level clearance before taking up post.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency adviser to the Home Office on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference OHFC3. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).


Essential Criteria

• Credibility as a scientific leader of international renown in a relevant discipline (for example, social science, physical science or engineering), from academia, industry or other research environment and comfortable in operating across the sciences.

• Experience of high quality strategic thinking and rigorous, evidence based policy making which makes a difference in the real world.

• Extensive senior leadership experience with evidence of developing a compelling organisational vision and providing leadership and direction for large, disparate teams.

• A proven track record of running large scale and complex operations, aligning functions and resources, and deploying people and skills optimally to achieve strategic priorities, with a continual focus on driving high performance and productivity.

• The ability to operate effectively in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment, with a proven track record of influencing at senior levels and effecting delivery through partners.

• A proven track record of seeking out opportunities for innovation and able to build capability and manage rapid change to drive transformation.

• The flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, public and others.


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Selection process details

Refer to the candidate pack.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Katie Morum
Email :
Recruitment team :
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