Salary: £70,000 - £85,000 terms and conditions apply for all civil servant applicants

Contract type: Permanent

Grade: SCS Pay Band 1

Hours: 37 per week (excluding lunch)

Working pattern: flexible working, full-time, job share

Location: London,Bristol, Manchester

Closing date: 27th September 2020

Please read the candidate pack attached to our Civil Service Jobs advert before applying

Who we are

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is part of the Cabinet Office. We lead the digital transformation of the UK government so that it works better for everyone. Our work continues to be user-focused, dynamic and forward-looking, making our organisation an exciting and innovative place to work. 

Find out more at the GDS Blog

What you’ll do

As the Deputy Director for Portfolio Delivery you will establish strong relationships with stakeholders to ensure that the programme’s plans are fit for purpose.  You will be adept in building relationships and influencing others.  

In your capacity as Deputy Director for GOV.UK you will join a network of digital, data and technology leaders that has developed into an essential forum for coordinating and delivering brilliant public services across government.

With senior colleagues from other departments, and within GDS, you will set standards and maintain a shared vision to deliver transformation. You will share best practice and ensure collective efficiencies wherever possible; support and guide our cross government programmes to build capability and make digital services so good that people prefer to use them.

You will be a role model and a relentless champion of government as a place where everyone can thrive and where diversity can flourish; a place that reflects the public we serve. This role is suited to someone who has experience of high profile digital transformation programmes. This role is suited to someone who has experience of high profile digital transformation programmes. 

As the Deputy Director, Portfolio Delivery you will:

  • develop, shape and deliver GOV.UK in line with the programme’s strategy, with a particular focus on the better use of data for insight into how people interact with the government online, and for delivering personalised services  
  • focus on the practical plans for delivery across all aspects of the programme; including but not limited to product and service design, architecture, research, and security
  • ensure that GOV.UK continues to embed a user-centric and outcome-focussed culture throughout
  • lead senior stakeholders in regularly reviewing the continuing relevance of projects based on a clear understanding of the - implication, risk and benefits to each decision
  • deliver performance and progress reporting to relevant boards, the Executive Team and Ministers
  • act as a role model and play an active role in GOV.UK’s management team for a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • work in partnership with one other Deputy Director on GOV.UK who will represent governance and portfolio assurance
  • line manage 3-4 members of the senior team in GOV.UK, and ensuring that clear work and development objectives are set for all c. 250 team members of GOV.UK at the start of the new year
  • provide outstanding leadership and direction to GOV.UK’s operations, ensuring a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement
  • support the wider work of GDS, ensuring the necessary ministerial and senior official buy-in and agreement is obtained
  • act as an ambassador for GDS and represent its ambitions across government and the wider public sector, deputising for the Director where requested

Who you are 

We are interested in people who have:

  • excellent communication skills with a proven track record of influencing effectively at the most senior levels, both internally and externally, in an environment where there are complex partnerships with competing and/or conflicting priorities.
  • excellent leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate people at all levels  and experience of building high performing teams to provide advisory and delivery support
  • expert digital, data or technology practitioner with experience of delivering at scale digital transformation projects in an agile environment, with a particular focus on the use of data for insight and service design. Candidates must have passion and a solid understanding of new and emerging technologies and the opportunities they provide to improve the delivery of public services in the UK
  • substantial evidence of how they have built personal credibility with stakeholders and where personal resilience has been critical to the success of delivering significant strategic change
  • highly developed policy and strategic analysis skills, with the ability to understand both the policy detail and the high level strategic context.

What we value

All of our Directors are members of the GDS senior leadership team and work with colleagues to provide corporate leadership to the whole of the Cabinet Office as well as their own team. Our leaders always set the example and inspire their colleagues. They make quality time for people and take an interest in them. They know what matters to people - both inside and outside work – and value them as individuals; always finding opportunities to develop them while showing respect and appreciation.

How you’ll be assessed

To apply, please submit the information below via the Jobvite application portal:

  • CV (two pages, font size 12)
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages, font size 12) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification on page 6&7 of the candidate pack. 
  • The closing date is 27th September at 23:59. 

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only has limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the Person Specification (page 6&7).

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In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. This Framework aims to attract and retain people of talent and experience from a range of sectors and all walks of life; for each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful.  This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. 

For this role we’ll be assessing your Experience and Behaviours.As well as the Person Specification (page 6&7), we’ll assess you against the following Behaviours during the selection process:


  • seeing the big picture
  • leadership
  • making effective decisions
  • managing a quality service
  • delivering at pace

For more information on Success Profiles, please visit

Please read the candidate pack attached to our Civil Service Jobs advert before applying


Your application during Coronavirus (COVID-19)


During these unprecedented times we remain committed to supporting citizens, enabling them to access government information and services they need.

We’re closely monitoring the situation and will be following central government advice as it is issued. Therefore, this role may be subject to change at short notice. 

If your application is successful you may be invited to attend a video interview. You can keep up to date with your application through your emails.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

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Working at GDS is great. You'll get

  • Flexible
    working including part-time working and job sharing
  • Civil service pension with an average employer contribution of 22%
  • 25 days
    annual leave and an extra day off for the Queen's birthday
  • Training and development
  • Season ticket
    loans for travel
  • An in-year
    bonus scheme
  • Bike loans and
    secure bike parking (subject to availability)
  • Eye-care