Deputy Director, Digital Identity


Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.



DCMS is responsible for enabling the use of digital identity technologies across the UK economy. There are currently significant barriers which the government seeks to remove via legislation, strong partnership with industry and civil society and cross-Whitehall co-ordination.

We are seeking a Deputy Director to lead a high performing team, with 2 A(U) led teams. This person will need to form effective relationships across an engaged and at times challenging industry lobby, with senior officials across Whitehall and within DCMS to ensure alignment with wider departmental objectives.

They will steer the team through the forthcoming spending review settlement and secure a slot to bring about the legislative changes this policy agenda requires.

To deliver the government’s ambitions on digital identity, the candidate will need to understand the technical, regulatory and societal interactions at play and advise Ministers with sound evidence on how to strike the correct balance which builds trust and security, resulting in economic growth.

Job description

Some of your responsibilities will include:

Leading the Digital Identity team. You will provide effective line management and career development support for all of your managers and team members;
Building, maintaining and delivering a complex work programme, using business planning and project planning to identify and mitigate risks, spend effectively and deliver agreed outcomes;

To be successful in doing so you will:

Build and maintain a network of policy colleagues across DCMS, working through directly managed, matrix-managed and detached colleagues to influence, steer and coordinate high-quality advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders;

Work with subject matter experts across wider government to develop compelling proposals that meet Ministers’ objectives;

Build and maintain strong working relationships with private offices, special advisers and other senior stakeholders (both inside and outside government), proactively engaging them throughout the planning and development of policy to meet their needs;

Represent DCMS at meetings and events with Ministers and senior internal and external stakeholders;

As a part of the senior leadership team for the Cyber Security and Digital Identity directorate, take responsibility for the joint leadership of the Directorate. This will include taking on team responsibilities as well as deputising for the Director when needed.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:

Leadership: outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to build, motivate, inspire and empower a diverse team, and wider network, in a changing environment;

Making effective decisions: use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions;

Delivering at pace: take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive;

Communicating and influencing: highly effective communication skills with political sensitivity and understanding, and the ability to translate complex policy issues into clear, high level advice; highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills with experience developing and maintaining effective relationships up to Board/Ministerial level; and

Seeing the bigger picture: strong strategic and analytical ability combined with excellent judgement and leadership skills to command a highly political, high priority and complex policy area.

Essential Requirements

Experience of influencing and establishing strong working relationships with policy professionals and key stakeholders to include demonstrable experience of engaging credibly and confidently with senior leaders, nationally and internationally to deliver results;

Ability to translate complex and broad material into clear written or oral communications;

Experience of managing and motivating a similar size and diverse team;

Ability to think creatively and to develop radical solutions to problems;

Experience of leading the various stages of policy development from the nascent phase through to implementation and delivery. Ability to produce accurate work to tight deadlines under pressure; and

Experience in a similar role or a demonstration of transferable skills.


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Apply today!