Head of Planning and Coordination - 2 Year Flexible Working Opportunity

London (Westminster) SW1A
22 May 2019
03 Jun 2019
Public Sector
Contract Type

Justice Security and Migration Directorate (JSM)

The Justice, Security and Migration Directorate leads on all aspects of the Brexit negotiations relating to the areas of justice and home affairs, and some broader cross-cutting issues. We are responsible for developing and agreeing negotiating positions and supporting the negotiating process. As such, the Directorate leads on some of the most interesting, important and controversial work involved in the UK’s departure from the EU.

Planning, Cross Cutting and Corporate Team, Justice Security and Migration Directorate, DExEU

We are looking for a talented, dynamic and flexible individual to set up a new planning and monitoring function that will cover the cross cutting policy areas of Mobility, Citizens Rights, Data Protection and Civil Judicial Cooperation.  This will a key coordination role across the breadth of the directorate and linking into central DExEU Planning and Future Partnership Coordination teams for both the future economic and future security partnerships.  This team will be the single and first point of contact for all of  the Directorate’s reporting and monitoring before, during and after all negotiation rounds.  This new team will incorporate the existing teams leading the directorate’s  cross cutting policy coordination and business management.

Head of Planning and Coordination

The postholder will need to have significant PPM experience and will need to bring leadership and rigour to the team. They will need to build strong networks across DExEU and Whitehall, have excellent working relationships with Deputy Directors and the Director building capability for a PPM culture within the directorate and ensuring that there is strong collaboration across all teams.  The successful candidate will also have a track record of strong leadership and securing successful outcomes in fast-moving, high profile situations. 

The postholder will be responsible for the following:         

  • Designing, developing and rolling out the programme management approach across policy areas and then leading all work to ensure this is effectively supporting the negotiators.
  • Linking in to DExEU central planning and coordination and increasing PPM capability across the directorate
  • Providing JSM senior management with both detailed and overarching views of progress, risks and resources;
  • Leading the cross-cutting policy coordination team, ensuring JSM views are fully reflected in all commissions and that briefing is of high quality.  Coordinating parliamentary work for the directorate
  •  Overseeing the business management functions for the directorate.

This G6/Band A+ will lead an overall team of 9 with line management responsibility for 2x Band A/G7 and 1 x Band B2/HEO; and countersigning 2/3 x Band B2s/HEOs and 3x Band B1 /EOs. The successful candidate will be expected to bring discipline and flexibility to the programme management approach, strategically making links, spotting gaps and identifying risks. They will also be confident to challenge upwards and remain focused in ambiguity.  The postholder will need to create a strong and inclusive team environment where others can flourish and develop. The post requires strong leadership, first-rate planning and project management and excellent communication skills.

As the Department develops and grows, the successful candidate should expect the job responsibilities to iterate over time, and be comfortable flexing to accommodate the Directorates' and department’s changing needs. 

We are a flexible and Disability Confident Employer