DfT/465/17/DfTc. Executive Officer - Policy and Project

Department for Transport
28876.00 - 29763.00 GBP Annual
12 Jun 2017
24 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have the ability to quickly absorb information? Do you enjoy working and analysing numerical data? Would you thrive in an environment that allows you to develop both your policy and project skills and knowledge?

If you answer yes to the above questions, then we want to hear from you.

We are currently looking for flexible and enthusiastic individuals who can work autonomously and deliver quality work to tight deadlines in a variety of continually evolving policy and project areas.

As an Executive Officer within our policy and project teams, you will have the opportunity to research and develop your own area of work. Using your excellent communication skills, you will build effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels, using the knowledge that you gain from them to make sensible suggestions to improve working methods and process.

Your key responsibilities will include:

• Carrying out research and develop an in-depth knowledge of a defined subject area
• Drafting correspondence, including Parliamentary Questions and Ministerial briefings, commissioning input from others as required
• Actively managing key performance indicators

About you
You are well organised with the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing. You enjoy building relationships and see the value in these as you look to develop your own skills and knowledge.

About us
From airports capacity to HS2, autonomous vehicles and road safety to ports and shipping, railways to motorways, our policies do and will affect the shape, prosperity and connectivity of British citizens, companies and industries.

DfT's Ministers place their trust in our views to help them make crucial decisions. No matter what your grade, or stage of your career; as a Policy Professional at DfT, you are making a direct contribution to the ways people and goods can get to where they need to go.

This is a great time to be joining the Policy Profession at DfT.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
For these roles Making Effective Decisions means making decisions, and being able to make the right decisions. Thinking deeply about things and reflecting to draw the right conclusions. You will demonstrate this by:
- Examining complex information and obtaining further information to make accurate decisions
-Speaking with the relevant people in order to obtain the most accurate information and get advice when unsure of how to proceed
-Explaining clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached

For these roles Collaborating and Partnering means establishing rapport and relationships with others quickly and easily. Also having the natural ability to form deep, long-lasting relationships. You will demonstrate this by:
-Demonstrating interest in others and developing a range of contacts outside your team to help get the job done
-Proactively seeking information, resources and support from others outside your immediate team in order to help achieve results

For these roles Delivering at Pace means striving to produce work that is of the highest quality and making plans for everything you do. You will demonstrate this by:
-Creating regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make ongoing improvements
-Taking ownership of problems in your own area of responsibility

For these roles Seeing the Big Picture means you are inspired by the future, constantly seeking out new information, learning more and being interested in everything. You will demonstrate this by:
-Taking an active interest in expanding your knowledge of areas related to your role
-Developing an understanding of how your work and team's work supports achievement of Departmental priorities


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent.

The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements.

You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

If you're considering a career in the Civil Service this is a great place to start.

At DfT we invest heavily in our people and have developed a range of learning and development opportunities through our "Ignite" programme for grades AA-SEO.

Regardless of your experience or your length of time at DfT, Ignite has something for everyone.

You will be supported with your induction, guided towards formal learning through Civil Service Learning or helped to find a coach or a mentor.

"Ignite" isn't just about formal learning, it gives you a chance to experience a variety of activities from visits to interesting places to spending time with our most senior leaders.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
Once you have submitted your application you will then receive a link to complete the next stage of the application process which is a Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete CS Judgement test. Please complete the online test as soon as possible, the closing date for the tests is Midnight on 27th June 2017

Guidance for test will be available when you are invited to take the test.

The test is administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Some applicants may have difficulty using the test, for different reasons.

While the test should work on most operating systems and modern browsers with a good internet connection, we cannot guarantee that every combination will work.
At the beginning, the test will check what browser you are using, and alert you if it is likely to be incompatible.

You CANNOT complete the Test on a mobile phone or tablet.

For Online Test information please refer to attachments below.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Salary: 28,876 - 29,763. Date posted: 12/06/2017