Deputy Director, Head of Group HR Operations

Department for Transport
75000.00 GBP Annual
06 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department for Transport (DfT) offers a Group HR function that is quite unique. Looking after 14,000 employees and 3,500 volunteer coastguards, we oversee the central Whitehall team, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Vehicle Certification Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Across these dynamic and varied organisations, our multi-skilled people encompass a common commitment to delivering high-quality transport options and keeping the public safe - while the HR team share a goal of supporting our staff to be the best they can be.

With a team of more than 60 people under your wing, you will oversee every strategic decision relating to recruitment and retention, pensions, shared services, exits, data insights and HR governance. Providing interventions and advice, you will also remain abreast of our outsourced payroll system and you will take responsibility for briefing the Permanent Secretary on important Group issues. Crucially, you will also develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring your strategies are working equally for all organisations. Based in either London or Swansea, you will expect to travel regularly between the two locations, where you will foster a sense of 'one team' in which all staff work collaboratively, regardless of their location. As such you will need to be a flexible team-player, with the ability to remain on top of challenges as they emerge in both locations - this element of your role will be fully supported by flexible working arrangements and IT capacity to ensure you can work easily wherever you are.

To thrive in this unique role, you will have solid leadership skills gained in a complex organisation, in which you guided the delivery of customer-focussed solutions. With knowledge of working with service providers, including the ability to ensure they are meeting their contractual obligations, it would be an added bonus if you have previous HR experience and hold a CIPD accreditation, or are willing to study for one. With fantastic verbal and written communication skills, you will also be able to build trust with stakeholders.

Joining the DfT is a career-defining experience. Every member of the team is committed to working together for the benefit of the nation's transport needs, resulting in an environment that's quite unmatchable. We also offer a generous package that includes 25 days of holiday rising to 30 days after five years of service, plus 8 bank holidays, a Civil Service pension scheme and progressive training and development opportunities to ensure you continue to reach your full potential. With the additional incentive of being able to apply for this role part-time, full-time or as a job share, we're confident that we offer all the support you could possibly need to fulfil your career aspirations. If you're ready to join our vibrant team, then get in touch today.

For further information about the role, person specification and details of how to apply, please see the Candidate Information Pack at the bottom of this page.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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Selection process details
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 .

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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: Circa 75,000 per annum. Date posted: 27/06/2017