We are currently looking to recruit a B1 to join our small strategy team. The post is open to external candidates on a fixed term appointment of up to two years initially and existing civil servants on secondment for a period of up to two years initially
This is an important and exciting role in a small but busy team. You will play a key part in driving forward:
● the Commission’s four key strategic priorities around: diversity of people; 21st Century skills; Brexit; and enhancing life chances of those whose backgrounds may give them a disadvantage;
● thematic reviews for the first Commissioner for Public Appointments; and
● looking for other opportunities across all of the independent offices.
You will report to the Band A Head of Corporate Services and work alongside one other B1.
There are two key events for the strategy team in April\May and November each year when the CSC Board have their strategy days. The agendas for these events will be driven by the culmination of some of your work for Commissioner led working groups. You will be responsible for the organisation of these events. The working groups will focus on a range of topics and you may be supporting more than one working group at any time.
The Commissioner for Public Appointments is currently reviewing how a new governance code, introduced on 1 January 2017, is working in practice. This is likely to result in a need to undertake some thematic reviews. One area currently being probed is the low proportion of people from a BAME background or having a disability being appointed as a member or chair of a public body.
Your work will inform and be supported by the Commissioners and other office holders.
The ideal candidate will be proactive, organised, able to write well and confident working with and analysing data. You will demonstrate a track record of delivering work to time and to a high standard. You will enjoy working as part of a team but will also be comfortable leading your own work and generating new ideas and solutions. You will be able to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across government.
The main duties of the strategy team are to:
● Identify, collect, organise and analyse relevant data from across a range of sources both within government and outside;
● Proactively look for opportunities to develop strategy for the independent offices that the Commission supports;
● Communicate and network effectively with senior stakeholders inside and outside government;
● Build, develop and maintain effective relationships with key interlocutors;
● Draft accurate and clear reports that expose key findings and highlight options for action;
● Assist other areas of the business as and when required