Change Group: Programme Management Deputy Director - Various Roles


This role can be based out of either Leeds, London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Blackpool or Manchester Corporate hub locations. The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The corporate hub location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions.


About the job


DWP is looking to fill two roles within the programme management area of the Change Directorate. The roles we are looking to fill are:

•Deputy Director - Universal Credit Programme Planning and Risk (Vacancy No.1)

•Deputy Director - Health Transformation Programme – Project Management Office (Vacancy No.2)

Key Accountabilities:

• Provide open and engaging senior and visible leadership to both your work area and teams as well as actively contribute to the wider leadership of the Department;
• Create and sustain effective relationships with senior stakeholders including Directors, partners, Ministers of State and DWP Executive Team;
• Develop stronger working across DWP and with external partners to create powerful, purposeful partnerships;
• In your membership of Senior Leadership Teams, role model exceptional leadership, working flexibly across boundaries, building capability in line with Professional Standards and undertaking regular activity to build and sustain engagement;
• Demonstrate strong and effective change management; and be accountable for the delivery and quality of activity in your area; and
• Through your behaviour and ways of working make DWP an inclusive place where people can be their best.

Reporting Relationships:

• Directors in your work area and across DWP working as part of multi-disciplinary teams
• DWP Executive Team
• Permanent Secretary
• All Whitehall Departments
• Ministers

Please refer to the candidate pack for further information.


Job description

Deputy Director - Universal Credit Programme Planning and Risk
(Vacancy No.1)

The UC Programme leads the evolution of UC. The Head of Strategic Design and Planning is a complex and broad ranging role, requiring the ability to deliver across project, policy and partnership delivery.

You will have clear project management and delivery skills including risk and issues management, controls, dashboards and governance. You will lead your team to deliver the Programme’s work with external auditors such as the National Audit Office and bodies such as the Infrastructure & Projects Authority and / or Government Internal Audit Agency, on initial scope, reports, and then tracking actions through to resolution.

You will lead on horizon scanning for UC impacts, change impacting, guardianship and testing of the business case, input to winter plans and volumes, including complex Business Case query resolution. This role leads on benefits realisation, tracking and planning functions, and HM Treasury engagement and interaction (including the Programme’s input to fiscal events and tracking/managing subsequent plans and outputs).

Deputy Director - Health Transformation Programme –
Project Management Office (Vacancy No.2)

The Health Transformation Programme (HTP) was established to offer a more joined-up service to over two million disabled people annually by integrating the services that deliver Personal
Independence Payment (PIP), Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) and a number of other disability related benefits. Its main aim is to deliver a single, integrated service for all functional health assessments that supports the strategic goals of DWP. The Programme is one of the Department’s GMPP programmes due to its complexity and expenditure.

The HTP PMO Deputy Director will be responsible for leading the Programme Management Office and Business Case teams. They will be accountable for key PMO activities such as assuring successful development and delivery of the end-to-end Programme plan, maintaining clear oversight of delivery status with appropriate risk management and the ongoing development of a robust business case. In addition, the role is responsible for maintaining governance arrangements for the delivery of the programme including reporting requirements necessary for a GMPP alongside monitoring and responding to external reviews, ensuring recommendations are acted upon in a timely and comprehensive manner.

Please refer to candidate pack for further information.


For a full breakdown of the 2 individual roles, please refer to the candidate pack. Below shows the over-arching person specification essential criteria which both roles will be reliant upon.


You will need to show your ability to define the fundamental components of a project in terms of its scope, deliverables, time scales, resource requirements and budget. This includes the production of broader plans incorporating risk and quality to provide a consolidated overview of a project.

Risk and Issue Management

You will be able to systematically identify and monitor risks & issues and plan how to mitigate and respond to those risks and issues and implement responses.


A proven track record in Governance showing your ability to clearly define roles, responsibilities and accountabilities and establish controls and approval routes appropriate to each stage of the project to monitor project progress and compliance.


Clear evidence of your ability to establish, plan and manage reviews at appropriate points during all stages of the project life cycle to provide evaluations of progress against time, cost, quality, compliance and ongoing viability.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together


  • 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.
  • This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire.
  • This is a full-time role, however, flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered.
  • Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
  • Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme.
  • Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here.
  • Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a newbicycle;
  • The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable);
  • Occupational sick pay.

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