Deputy Director of the Visits, Identity, Trade Policy and Enablers Unit
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th June 2023
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About the job
Transform a visa system the entire country relies on
The Home Office is central to UK life. Tasked with keeping the nation safe from crime, terrorism and extremism, our work extends from devising drugs policies and ensuring the immigration system isn’t abused, through to delivering an accountable policing service.
Our Migration and Borders Group is responsible for the UK’s borders and migration, citizenship and asylum policies. And within this Group, the newly-formed Border Policy and International Migration Directorate (BPIM) leads on the development and delivery of policy related to cross border movement.
Part of BPIM, the responsibility of leading our Visits, Identity, Trade Policy and Enablers Unit is high profile and professionally rewarding. With a large team in support, we’ll ask you to develop and deliver policies that transform our visitor visa routes – entries and exits intrinsic to the UK's economic growth and prosperity.
It’s vital that the largest visa route continues to operate effectively. But over time, you’ll reshape our approach to identity security and biometric capture. There’ll be work on our Free Trade Agreements – in particular in relation to mobility. Your brief also includes leadership of our surge support team, and the challenge of responding to new or emerging priorities.
It’s something that will call for strong collaboration with other government departments, as well as our overseas network. As an influential figure behind our borders of the future, it is also an opportunity to stake your claim as an innovator in public sector policy.
- Strong leadership, able to foster a positive organisational culture that gets the best from a diverse team and to embed change.
- Ability to solve complex problems, develop well evidenced strategic approaches, to draw together robust policy options, and then to proactively drive practical delivery.
- Capacity to work collaboratively in a challenging, multi-stakeholder environment both with operational partners internally and with policy colleagues across government
- Excellent communication, networking and negotiating skills.
- High levels of personal impact, able to interact confidently and credibly with Ministers and external stakeholders
Expertise in migration or borders would be useful. But this is really a role tailored for a visionary with a history of designing and embedding great change.
Strategic in your approach and inspirational in delivery; you’ll have a reputation for fostering positive organisational cultures, helping stakeholders, colleagues and partners get behind a common goal – and making your ideas a reality.
In return, we can offer you an exciting career within one of the Government’s most inclusive departments. With ongoing training and development opportunities, and a competitive benefits package, there is no limit to where your career will take you.
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
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Selection process details
Please follow the Job Advert instructions on the Civil Service Jobs website to apply online, no later than 23:55hrs on Friday 11th June 2023.
Provide some basic personal information;
1. A CV - setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
2. A Statement of Suitability – (limited to 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience, provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.
3. Diversity Monitoring - as part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: 2022 to 2025 (HTML) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information.
It is essential that in your written application you give evidence, using examples, of proven experience. These responses will be developed and discussed with candidates invited for interview.
Failure to submit both a CV and Supporting Statement 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.
As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.
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