GDS seeks engagement head to ‘amplify relationships across government to make change happen’

Digital unit advertises a role at the head of a team dedicated to communications and strategy, which will play a key role in supporting preparations for the upcoming spending review

The Government Digital Service is seeking a senior leader to help deliver government-wide transformation by spearheading the organisation’s engagement with colleagues across Whitehall and beyond.

The post as head of policy, strategy and engagement will lead a dedicated team that “at the centre of [GDS’s] Platform and Services Directorate”, according to the job advert.

The team is charged with helping setting a strategy for ensuring the common Platforms and Services developed by the digital unit – such as GOV.UK One Login – are used to support transformation throughout departments.

“This role will support the strategy and vision for this mission, leading policy and engagement, along with… communications, and amplifying relationships across government to make change happen,” the advert added.

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The strategy team will also play a key role in helping “to develop and coordinate the directorate’s overall strategy, including in preparation for an anticipated spending review and future business cases”.

The successful candidate lead work on “policy development, working with product teams to help navigate where central policy input is needed, and externally with departments and the Central Digital and Data Office to ensure alignment with cross-digital transformation policies”.

Beyond central government, the engagement chief will also “manage and drive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders in other public sector organisations, private and voluntary sector bodies to ensure the [GDS] digital identity programme fully understands and responds to issues and opportunities regarding privacy, inclusion and interoperability”.

The post, which will be based in one of GDS’s locations in Bristol, London or Manchester, comes with a salary of up to £75,000. Applications are open until 11.55pm on 18 February.

Sam Trendall

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