G6 Chief of Staff

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: Location: Manchester, Bristol or Glasgow

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 04/10/2021

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £60,500 - £65,308 per annum


The Cabinet Office (CO) is at the heart of driving Civil Service reform, and the CO Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) has a crucial role to play in modernising the Cabinet Office through digital transformation. The directorate has approximately 350 staff and is growing in order to meet the demands of the department and provide a wider and more mature range of Digital, Data, Technology and Security services.

This is a senior leadership role and will need to represent the CDIO and the Cabinet Office in broader government activities, upholding the values and behaviours expected of a leader in the civil service.

The role

We are looking for an exceptional people leader who has experience working in a large, fast paced matrix environment where priorities often change and there is a significant amount of complexity. This requires someone who can juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, be flexible and adaptable in their approach and deliver outcomes even in the most challenging of circumstances.

The Chief of Staff must have extremely strong communication skills, be open, approachable and be able to build trust and credibility across all layers of the organisation to influence and bring about positive change.

The Chief of Staff will be responsible for supporting the Chief Digital Information Officer and the Senior Leadership Team to create a great place to work for its staff whilst building a high performing culture. The Chief of Staff will also be responsible for ensuring people related matters are dealt with appropriately, on time and in line with organisational policies and our values, supporting line management as and when required.


Your primary responsibilities will include developing, communicating and implementing our people strategy which will focus on a range of things including but not limited to recruitment, talent planning, succession, learning and development and improving diversity in technology. You will also be responsible for iterating and communicating the directorate’s brand and values and ensuring those values are lived and breathed on a daily basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the culture and future of a fairly new directorate.

Main responsibilities

As the Chief of Staff, you will:

  • Manage day to day people matters on behalf of the Chief Digital and Information Officer including talent, performance, capability and recruitment. Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and HR and Finance Business Partners.
  • Develop and implement the CDIO’s People Strategy
  • Lead the creation and embedding of our brand and values
  • Take personal responsibility for making the directorate a great place to work cultivating an open, welcoming and positive environment.
  • Act as a sounding board and advisor to the CDIO.
  • Monitor and report on all people related matters working with the PMO to develop and enhance reporting so that we become a more data driven organisation.
  • Help design and iterate the operating model for CDIO so that it continues to evolve and operate in a way that provides the best value to the department.
  • Resolve cross-CDIO problems (strategic and tactical), including acting to resolve disputes before they reach the CDIO.
  • Be flexible. Be ready to take on new responsibilities and hand over others according to changing needs.
  • Understand and harness the complexities of organisational culture and politics (internal and external), in order to influence and achieve results.
  • Line management of 1 x G6.

Person Specification

  • Demonstrate the ability to learn quickly, and work autonomously and within a team – always exercising sound judgement and taking the initiative.
  • Experience in delivering demanding outcomes in large organisations, ideally in the public sector.
  • The ability to deal with large, complex people issues head on, always focused on doing the right thing
  • The ability to collaborate, influence, negotiate and mediate with patience and without losing sight of overall objectives in sometimes trying circumstances.
  • The ability to plan, organise and work well under pressure – managing conflicting demands effectively.
  • Practical and confident communication skills – and ability to work well with staff at a variety of levels and communicate with clarity and confidence and ability to challenge.
  • Be resilient, demonstrate strong collaborative skills and have personal drive.
  • Experience in handling sensitive and complex HR matters, an understanding of government HR policies and processes.
  • The ability to be flexible and work outside of normal business hours as and when necessary.
  • Have the ability to influence, negotiate and mediate with patience and without losing sight of overall objectives, in sometimes trying circumstances and by creating an environment where people feel safe to challenge and know their voice will be heard.
  • The candidate will be required to demonstrate personal presence and effectiveness to operate at a senior level and build trust.

As well as the Person Specification, we’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving

View the full job description here.

Applicants will be required to provide an up to date CV and supporting statement (up to 1,250 words) detailing how you meet the requirements and behaviours listed above. You will also provide a completed diversity form.

To apply, please email cabinetoffice@allenlane.co.uk.

Cabinet Office are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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