Deputy Director, Spending Review
The purpose of this role is to lead the Department’s approach to the 2019 Spending Review (SR). The post-holder will:
• set up and lead a team with the necessary skills and experience to deliver an excellent outcome for the Department, its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) and sectors,
• lead discussions with officials and Ministers on the creation of a strategy for the Spending Review,
• in conjunction with the relevant experts in the Department, review, refine and create the evidence base necessary to support the Department’s case for funding at the SR,
• review and refine the Department’s forecasting model to enable a robust set of financial figures to be produced and carry out scenario planning around a range of variables,
• communicate effectively to officials within the Department, with Ministers, our ALBs and sectors throughout the process,
• form a positive working relationship with the HM Treasury Spending Team such that difficult discussions and complex scenarios can be discussed and resolved at speed and with confidence,
• put in place appropriate governance and assurance arrangements and review and refine them during the lifetime of the project, as necessary,
• lead on the commissioning of information from policy colleagues in DCMS, ALBs and others and on the return of information to the Treasury,
• ensure that clear, timely advice is given to Ministers and their decisions are acted upon throughout the process,
• put in place project management tools and practices to effectively support the above,
• work with both the Finance Director and Strategy Director in a matrix management arrangement to ensure strategy and finance are fully joined-up, and with the Director General, who will be the SRO for the project.
• Actively contributing to DCMS leadership as a whole and living our values:
• “One DCMS” – we value & develop everyone, sharing success
• Respect for all; celebrating diversity
• We empower and challenge each other within a no blame culture
• We are professional; prioritising work and taking responsibility to get the job done
• Keep DCMS a great place to work, attracting the best people
In the selection process applicants will need to demonstrate and provide evidence as to how they meet the following essential skills and requirements:
• Excellent evidence-based decision making and financial analysis skills with a high level of numerical competence;
• Experience of managing projects and/or programmes within a complex stakeholder environment, demonstrating strategic and tactical thinking whilst delivering at at pace;
• Highly effective communications skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas and options in both written and verbal form and the ability to quickly secure the confidence of senior stakeholders;
• Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills with experience of developing and maintaining effective relationships whilst successfully influencing, challenging and negotiating.
• A track record of providing visible leadership, with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing workforce, including commitment to diversity and inclusion;
• A good understanding of the working of government departments and their finances.
Previous experience of working on government spending reviews or working in government finance and policy formulation is desirable.