People and Workplace Director


London, Manchester


DCMS is a really special place to work with one of the most exciting and demanding agendas in Government. We drive growth - from job-generating sectors in tourism and creative industries to the disruptive digital technologies like AI, helping shape the way we will live and work in the future.

We provide the digital infrastructure to boost productivity and harness the power of digital and data across the economy. We create moments that inspire and unite us in every corner of the UK, helping our world-class cultural and sporting talent to shine. We support social responsibility, helping people volunteer in their communities and increasing opportunities for young people to achieve. We are DCMS.

We can only deliver on this agenda if we have the people to do it, with the right skills, well-led, supported with effective HR systems, able to access the development they need and with the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. We value a culture in which everyone can give their best for the public and enjoy doing it. We also need to make sure that we have the best policies, procedures and governance to support effective working.

We are seeking a People and Workplace Director who is excited by this context and opportunity. This role is for someone who is inspired by our agenda and wants to play a leading role in making it happen, and who is not afraid to recognise what is going well and what might need to change. Someone who can get the best from their immediate team and from the whole Department, and who sees the big picture and who also cares about getting the basics right. If you are that person we would like to hear from you.

Job description

The People and Workplace Director is a key strategic leadership role within DCMS reporting to the Director-General for Strategy & Operations and working across the whole Department. The postholder will be responsible for a diverse portfolio covering HR, Estates and Security, with a strong transformational focus. In this role you will lead a team of circa 80 people and oversee a resource budget of up to £25m with responsibility for the development and delivery of a high-quality HR service in a growing department, providing policy advice and judgement on all people matters to the Executive Team


The successful candidate will be an outstanding strategic HR leader – with extensive experience of leading an HR or Workplace function within an organisation of comparable size, scale and complexity.

You will need to be able to demonstrate your capability against the following criteria:

Leadership - A visible inspirational leader with a proven ability to attract, develop, and retain a diverse, engaged and high-performing workforce at all levels of an organisation;

Technical - A proven track record of delivering excellent HR, workforce or OD services within an organisation of at least comparable breadth;

Making effective decisions - The ability to use data, evidence and budgets to make informed decisions and influence wider arms-length bodies;

Communicating and influencing - Outstanding interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, able to build credibility quickly with senior internal and external stakeholders and Ministers;

Seeing the Big Picture / Working Together - A systems thinker, with experience of developing and implementing diverse inter-related strategies at an organisational level, and with the ability to identify, build and maintain a network of key stakeholders to support effective delivery;

Changing and Improving - Experience delivering transformational change to the culture, workplace (including involvement in estate transformation programmes) systems and processes, incorporating customer feedback to make changes that benefit the entire workforce.

Desirable skills and experience:

Member or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Apply today!