Covid Ways of Working and Resourcing Lead


10 Victoria Street London, 3rd Floor Companies House Crown Way Cardiff, AB1 Building Crimon Place Aberdeen

About the job


We are a new and high-profile area of GO-Science set up to coordinate and deliver the central science advice needs to support the Government’s ongoing response to Covid-19. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to help us deliver the best possible science advice for HMG’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The role of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA), Sir Patrick Vallance, is to advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on all science and technology issues. He is supported by the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) who coordinate across Government, industry and academia to ensure HMG has the right systems to access excellent science advice and provide effective and impactful advice on major issues. We also provide scientific support to HMG in planning and preparedness for major national risks and emergencies, through the provision of the secretariat function for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). SAGE exists to provide timely, independent, high quality, consensus-based science advice to the PM, COBR, departments and agencies on national and international crises and incidents. Details of SAGE structures as well as the inputs to and outputs from SAGE are published and can be found at

Covid-SAGE is co-chaired by GCSA with the Chief Medical Officer, and work is coordinated and delivered by the GO-Science Covid Teams. The Covid Strategy and Delivery area is responsible for providing all the support functions to the GO-Science Covid response.

Job description

You will play a key role in the Planning and Recovery team in Strategy and Delivery. We lead on all future planning for the GO-Science Covid Response. You will work across the Covid teams and wider GO-Science leading workstreams that underpin the effective provision of covid science advice from GO-Science across government. Your remit will include:

Change Management. Delivery of the Covid elements of the GO-Science change management programme. Capture of covid lessons learnt and implementation of improvements.

Ways-of-Working. Streamlining working practices and processes to improve the efficiency of day-to-day working of the covid teams. Ensuring team resilience and crisis response mechanisms are in place for any potential future peaks. Predicting and managing risks and issues, liaising with the GO-Science Resilience Team and People Group to coordinate and implement mitigations.

Resourcing. Transition of the?covid teams?from?temporary crisis mode to an enduring?18-month?footing.?Ensuring the resource requirements of the team are met through facilitating the recruitment, on-boarding and exiting of staff in conjunction with the GO-Science Corporate Centre. Identifying and understanding expertise gaps. Maintaining robust succession planning in the covid teams. Ownership the surge resource pool.

Essential skills / experience:

• Business management.

• Leading teams in a fast-paced environment.

• Ability to work effectively across multiple workstreams and priorities.

• Team player and ability to work collaboratively across various teams.

• Personal resilience in challenging situations.

• Flexibility in taking care of changing focus and requirements.

Desirable skills/experience:

• Working knowledge of people processes and procedures.

• Change management / transformation.


You will be the GO-Science covid lead for ways-of-working and resourcing. This will include:

• Being responsive to emerging operational covid requirements from the GO-Science Senior Leadership Team and GCSA Private Office, developing business cases and plans when necessary.

• Working with the wider GO-Science change team to implement the change programme covering structures, objectives, ways-of-working and culture.

• Identifying and streamlining processes to improve the efficiency of day-to-day working of the team (e.g. governance, meeting schedules, development of crisis standard operating procedures, structures, rotas and shift systems), ensuring staff well-being is maintained

• Developing training and communications to ensure team members are sufficiently prepared for crisis response should a covid winter peak occur.

• Development of the surge resource pool, and if appropriate enactment, of it and repatriation strategies in response to emergency requirements and rapid growth of the GO-Science covid teams.

• Management of a lessons learnt process and ensuring recommendations are implemented appropriately.

• Proactively predicting and working across the team to manage major risks and issues in change, ways-of-working and resourcing.

• Building strong working relationships across GO-Science covid teams to help identify where expertise and resourcing gaps exist and are emerging, and working with the Corporate Centre to support recruitment, onboarding, and leaving of staff using appropriate methods and software tools.

• Actively foster, support, and promote an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are taken into account

• Due to the evolving landscape of the cross-government Covid-19 response the job role may develop over time.

We are constantly looking to diversify our workforce to give us the broadest range of perspectives possible. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits of employment. Please contact us to request any adjustments needed.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions

Apply today!