Deputy Director for the Design, Data and Delivery Team – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

The role will report directly into the Chief Digital and Information Officer where you will form part of the BEIS Digital Leadership Team who regularly engage with Government Digital Service, Central Digital and Data Office and Communities of Practice. 

The successful candidate will lead on and develop the digital and technology functions of the Design, Data and Delivery team.

The portfolio of the Design, Data and Delivery team is large covering various areas; user-centred design, delivery management, data, and business analysis. 

Job description

The User Centred Design team includes service designers, content designers, user researchers, product managers and software developers. The team is responsible for designing and building internal and public-facing digital services. The team are currently building services on GOV.UK that will give out grants and support our industrial NetZero ambitions. The Delivery Management team are leading on large public-facing projects, such as Help to Grow and the Open Regulation Platform. The Data team leads on key areas including Data Policy leading on National Data Strategy, Data Standards, Data Quality, Transparency and Open Data. They also leading on business insights and intelligence service and providing the right infrastructure to manage our data effectively. The Business Analysts (BAs) team helps customers shape Digital opportunities by defining scope, benefits and evidence-based user needs. They focus on improving the customer experience by optimising and transforming ways of working.

This role will ensure that programmes and projects pan-BEIS will be supported in designing and developing mature data models in line with the overarching assurance controls and enabling advanced exploitation capabilities. The role will set the standards and ways of working for the digital and data community and champion digital and data services across Government and with Partners. The DD will be working very closely to influence and advise policy teams on digital services and best practices. The successful candidate will be managing conversations with key internal stakeholders, such as the Director General, BEIS Directors and other Deputy Directors. Some key activities the team have been supporting include the development of the Data Management Platform, supporting Help to Grow programme and the Investment Security Unit.


Develop a comprehensive digital and data strategy, aligned to the wider Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) strategy which supports the overall objectives of BEIS.

Lead and inspire our staff to deliver digital and data services at pace.

Deliver the next generation of high performing digital services for our customers and staff, working within BEIS and wider government.

Provide strong leadership focusing on delivering outcomes, valuing people, customer service and efficiency using a one team approach.

Champion customer insight and usability in the design and delivery of digital services.

Build the digital and data capability addressing critical resourcing issues.

Create value from the data available to us within BEIS, partner organisations and beyond.

Champion best practice and a standards-based approach in the delivery of services.

Be a key member of the Executive Team, role modelling exemplar behaviours and living the BEIS values.

Look for opportunities to innovate and challenge the norm.

Contribute to the overall success of BEIS.

Person specification

What we are looking for skills, experience and qualifications

Essentials – the successful candidate will demonstrate:

Experience of successfully leading and developing digital and technology functions, with a proven ability to set strong direction and a compelling future vision at all levels.

Significant experience and track record of delivering high performing digital and data led services to business and consumers in complex environments.

Experience of continuous improvement whilst reducing cost of digital and data driven services.

The ability to think creatively, challenging organisational norms and capabilities to consider new and different innovation opportunities, approaches and methods.

Experience of driving a customer insight and usability-based strategy to develop digital services and a high degree of market awareness.

Demonstrable experience of agile project management, open source, cloud platforms and digital services.

Experience of DevOps, continuous integration/deployment and a range of testing approaches.

Knowledge of data science and a range of database concepts.

Experience of adopting innovative approaches to delivering and procuring services, and of managing relationships with suppliers. 


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. You’ll benefit from a wide range of training and development opportunities, 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 plus a day for the King’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;

Flexible working patterns including part- time or time-term working 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;

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

The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centers and staff canteens (where applicable); and

Occupational sick pay.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This role will be overseen by Global Resourcing recruitment. Should you wish to discuss the role in further detail please contact them on: 

Please email your CV and supporting statement to: [email protected] no later than 23:55 13th February 2023. 

A  CV  setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

A  Statement of Suitability  (no more than 1000 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.

If you are shortlisted you will also ne invited to take part in a Staff Engagement Exercise and Final Interview.

Overview of the Process

Applications will be sifted to select those demonstrating the best fit with the post against the criteria set out in the person specification. Please ensure you keep this in mind when writing your CV and supporting statement.

Full details of the selection and assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates once the shortlist has been completed and will include a Staff Engagement Exercise held virtually. 

Short listed candidates will be offered an informal chat with the vacancy holder prior to interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Arrangements for interview

The final selection panel interview will be held in person at Victoria Street, London.

If candidates are required to prepare a presentation for their interview, they will be given at least one week’s notice of the subject.

Expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed by the Department except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance.

Further Information

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 [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The ass

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