Group Corporate Business Manager – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

Are you a proactive decision maker, with a taste for simplifying business processes and an ability to handle competing corporate priorities? If so, this Corporate Business Manager role could be perfect for you!

If successful in your application, you will be joining Corporate Services at an exciting time; our team plays a key role in making our group a great place for colleagues to build their careers and bringing all our corporate functions together under our shared vision to “bring professional expertise and services to enable the department to deliver extraordinary economy-wide

This role sits in the Chief Operating Officer’s (COO) Office, reporting directly to the COO’s Chief of Staff. While your focus will be on corporate business management for the group, you will work alongside the COO’s private office and business partners. As part of a flexible team, we will work with you to shape your portfolio of work to your skills, interests and personal development needs.

Person specification

We are looking for a highly motivated and proactive self-starter to lead on the corporate business management of our group, in conjunction with the existing business management supportteams in each of our directorates.

Responsibilities will include:

• Internal communications: Planning and drafting regular messaging from the COO to her team of c. 800 people; you’ll share inspiring and informative stories and news to help our teams understand how their work is contributing to the delivery ofour groups vision and strategic objectives.

• Apprenticeships: Leading on our group’s apprenticeships offer, you’ll help our line managers and leaders identify and advertise roles that are suitable for apprenticeships.

• Business Continuity: Working with each of our directorates private offices to identify business critical activities you will prepare and shape plans for how we can continue our coreservices during a business continuity event.

• Corporate Scorecard: Working with teams providing services to the department you will measure how effectively corporate services is delivering our service offering. You will help us condense this information into accessible and insightful management information to support senior decision making in our boards and committees.

• Recruitment: Working closely with other business managers, you’ll help the COO consider requests to recruit new people into roles in Corporate Services, scrutinising recruitment requests and maintaining an register (Establishment List) of positions which our directorates have funding and approval to recruit into.

• Data integrity: Working with our HR Management Information team and other business managers, you’ll drive improvements to the completeness and accuracy of important data we hold on our people.

• Welcome programme: You will lead a monthly induction programme for new joiners to Corporate Services to make sure that they have the training and support to quickly become effective in their new roles. You’ll also help colleagues build relationships across our group and establish a sense of ‘togetherness’ by helping to embed our group’s values and vision.

• Away Days: You will help our COO and their leadership team to procure and manage facilitators to support successful leadership away-days where our leaders can consider and refine ways to continuously improve the service that we offer to the Department and the support and development we offer to our colleagues.

• Equality duty: You will consider opportunities to improve Corporate Services’ compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty, making sure that our services are accessible and accommodate the needs of people with protected characteristics.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will:

• Enjoy working collaboratively, and build positive relationships across the Group.

• Find and implement practical solutions to simplify and improve corporate processes.

• Be proactive, self-motivated, resilient, and enjoy solving problems.

• Be well-organised with great prioritisation skills, balancing work across multiple areas to deliver the biggest impact in the time available.

• Be able to digest and convey complex information through high-quality and well-reasoned corporate advice.

• Use insights and strong communication skills to confidently brief senior managers on key issues.

• Actively look for opportunities to join up work across the Corporate Services Group.


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

Managing a Quality Service

Communicating and Influencing

Changing and Improving


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

Automatic enrolment into the , with an average employer contribution of 27%.

A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Online Tests

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete four online tests. The Civil Service Numerical test, the Civil Service Verbal test, the Civil Service Judgement test and Civil Service Work Strengths test. If you successfully pass all four tests, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 8th February 2023 . If you fail to complete the online tests before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.


As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please align your personal statement (in no more than 750 words) to ‘Why would you like to be a Corporate Business Manager for Corporate Services? What skills and experiences do you have that you feel you could apply to the role?’

Please note – the CV incorporated into the application form is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Applications will be sifted on personal statement.

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Expected Timeline

Sift dates: w/c 13th February 2023

Interview dates: w/c 27th February 2023

Interview Location: MS Teams.

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Further Information

Reasonable Adjustment

If a disabled person 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 [email protected] 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 u

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