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Deputy Director Strategy Geospatial Commission


National - This role is being advertised Nationally but frequent travel to London will be required for this role.

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Job description

Geospatial Commission Unit

The layering and integration of geospatial and other data sources has the power to transform the lives of UK citizens and grow our economy. The increasing relevance of geospatial data and technologies and the array of applications present a clear economic opportunity.

The Autumn Budget 2017 committed to establishing a new Geospatial Commission at the centre of government to pursue an ambitious national strategy for geospatial data use. The potential economic value of this data is huge and, with a programme budget of £40 million in the coming year, the Commission is leading on a variety of activities to realise this commitment.

The Deputy Director, Strategy Geospatial Commission role is critical to the success of the Commission.

The post-holder will be instrumental in leading government’s geospatial data policy, working with an eminent Board of Commissioners to inform the Commission’s high-profile initiatives and shape the relevant cross-government policy agenda and wider strategies such as on mobility, infrastructure, housing, the environment and data more broadly.

Specific objectives and deliverable's include:

• Developing the Commission’s strategic approach, that will inform its priorities including publication of the UK’s Geospatial Strategy in 2020, appropriately integrating with government’s broader policy goals such as delivery of its Industrial and Data strategies.

• Overseeing the development of the Commission’s governance structure and operational model, working closely with the Commission’s Director, Board of Commissioners and Partner Bodies to drive and support production of the UK’s Geospatial strategy.

• Designing how the Commission operates in Whitehall and more widely, taking an innovative approach to engagement and ensuring the communication strategy reaches its target audience with clear and consistent messaging.

• Shaping the priorities for evidence gathering, guiding the Commission’s economic team to form an analytic approach to understanding the components and value of the UK’s geospatial ecosystem and related technological developments.

• Managing a multi-disciplinary team of policy specialists and functional experts,to ensure coherent working across the strategy team and wider Commission.

• Gaining the confidence of senior decision makers across government to boost the profile, value and success of the Commission’s activities.


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

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