DfT/751/17/DfTc Head of Research, Analysis and Development Team

Department For Transport
61855.00 - 70859.00 GBP Annual
05 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have a track record of strategic thinking in a scientific or technical setting?

Do you want the chance to see the real world impact of the work that you do?

If so, this unique opportunity as the Head of Research, Analysis and Development (RAD) is for you, and we'd love to hear from you.

This is an exciting, science-based role at the heart of the national security S&T agenda. Sitting within the Transport Security Co-ordination & Operational Response Directorate (TS-COR), the RAD team is a highly motivated and high performing team of professionals with a track record of delivering real impact within government, and internationally.

In your role you will:

• Oversee delivery of the circa GBP5M RAD research programme ensuring continuing quality and proportionate evaluation of research
• Move the programme from an annual to strategic multi-year basis, enabling RAD to deliver more effectively against departmental priorities
• Develop senior science relationships across government and internationally in support of the RAD research programme and wider S & T strategy
• Lead a 13 strong team in delivery of high quality research and technical advice for the transport security community to improve it's business performance, develop individual and collective potential and ensure it maintains good relationships with clients
• Have responsibility for retaining and attracting quality individuals and managing succession planning within an extremely competitive talent pool
• Support the TS-COR Director as a senior member of the transport security leadership team, representing and deputising at CONTEST, COBR and other cross-Whitehall forums
• Support the DfT Deputy Director, National Security Science & Research in developing cross-Whitehall transport security S&T strategy through CONTEST and other institutions

Additionally, TS COR plays a crucial role in the Department's emergency response mechanisms. You therefore may be required to participate in the Department's response to a security or civil contingencies incident. This may include out of hours working on occasion but we make every effort to allow for your personal circumstances.

About you

You will have an understanding of the National and International research landscape with experience of leading teams of technical experts to deliver outcomes. You will have a flair for innovation and delivering change, with excellent communication skills to deliver complex technical information to senior management and Ministers both verbally and in writing.

You thrive in a high profile environment and are looking for an opportunity to stretch yourself and take on the vast development opportunities that we have to offer in this role.

Formal qualification in an STEM subject to at least degree or equivalent lever (higher degree is preferred)


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Building capability for all
  • Changing and improving
  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

Civil Service Competency Framework


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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting .

Selection process details
You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

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.

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within.

To comply with a recent government change, the Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the competencies/and indicators described in the job advert.

Your Personal Statement must evidence your suitability for the role in line with the criteria specified in the role profile.

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

Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.

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.