Head of Strategy Unit
Are you interested in working in a key leadership role, on some of the most important and exciting issues in government, at this pivotal moment? Are you a clear, structured, and strategic thinker and communicator, who enjoys working in a high pressured and fast moving environment? Do you thrive from building networks and collaborating, and constructively challenging the status quo? Do you enjoy making links between diverse and diffuse issues and thinking one step ahead? Are you proactive, reliable, adaptable, perceptive and highly credible? Do you want to work on complex, diverse and fascinating issues, which touch on the UK’s economic stability and security and the wellbeing and quality of life of every UK citizen? If so, read on.
The Head of the Strategy Unit is a Deputy Director role which sits within the Strategy Delivery Group. Leading a team of circa 26 people, you will play an important leadership role in shaping the strategic direction for the Defra group and delivering an ambitious Ministerial agenda as we prepare to leave the EU. You will work closely with Ministers, the Executive Committee and with policy, delivery and corporate services teams across the country. You will build excellent cross-Whitehall networks, including with Treasury, Cabinet Office and No.10. You will be responsible for a high performing team spread across five locations. You will need to lead confidently, plan effectively, work flexibly, foster innovation, and focus on delivery. The role is challenging, impactful and exciting. The successful candidate is likely to have had experience of engaging with Ministers, with a strong policy, analysis, or strategy background. Experience of operational delivery would be welcomed.
The role sits at the heart of an ambitious and evolving Department, against the background of EU Exit. It is a leadership role in a fluid and changing environment, close to Ministers and bringing structured thinking and clear direction to complex and ambiguous problems and issues, and new and emerging priorities. It offers exciting opportunities for personal development, career progression, and professional impact. The successful candidate will find themselves roving across diverse issues, balancing long term strategy with short term needs. Prioritisation will be critical, and they will need to shape and add value to the work of their team, and adapt to changing circumstances.
Closing date: 19 November 2018.