Deputy Director Finance & Business Services

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Government Digital Service
Bristol or Manchester
Up to £80k - This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1 role
Closing date:
29th January
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Sunday 29 January 2023 (23:55)
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
Tuesday 7 February 2023 to Monday 13 February 2023
Assessments - GDS Chats & Stakeholder Engagement Exercise (SEE)
TBC - End of w/c Monday 6 February 2023 to End of w/c Monday 20 February 2023
Final Panel Interviews (in Person)
Thursday 16 February 2023 &/or Friday 17 February 2023

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Who we are

At the Government Digital Service (GDS), our mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using our unique position at the centre of government, we develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. We believe that ensuring things work for end users is the only way to realise the efficiencies that come with digital transformation.

Our focus is on delivering five missions in the following areas:

  1. GOV.UK as the single and trusted online destination for government information and services
  2. Joined-up services that solve whole problems and span multiple departments
  3. A simple digital identity solution that works for everyone
  4. Common tools and expert services
  5. Joined-up data across departments

You can read more about these missions and our vision for the transformation of government in our 2021-2024 strategy

GDS currently has a workforce of around 750, largely split across London, Bristol and Manchester. GDS is full of passionate and talented individuals, many of whom are digital specialists in multidisciplinary teams delivering critical services using agile ways of working.

What you'll do

The Deputy Director for Finance & Business Services plays a critical role in the effective and efficient running of GDS as part of the GDS senior leadership team. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working alongside the Deputy Director of People Services, this role forms part of the leadership of GDS’s ‘Business and People Services’ Directorate, providing expert corporate services for all of GDS. The post holder will be required to operate across the organisation, and work closely with GDS and wider Cabinet Office colleagues.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure fit for purpose governance, portfolio and performance management arrangements to provide assurance that GDS’s short and long term objectives and outcomes are being achieved in an efficient and effective way
  • Management of GDS’s financial wellbeing, working collaboratively with Cabinet Office Finance colleagues through planning and controlling operational budgets of £300m+
  • Oversee and assure procurement arrangements across GDS, working closely with Cabinet Office Commercial to ensure value for money and sound governance
  • Effective risk management across GDS, ensuring risk is identified, understood and appropriately mitigated
  • Provide an effective workplace management service (estates and security) and lead on business continuity for GDS
  • Develop new ways of working to improve processes and policies in support of organisational goals
  • Balance multiple priorities whilst keeping sight of the bigger picture
  • Provide insights which support targeted, evidence-based, interventions to improve performance
  • Lead and motivate a busy outward facing team, totalling circa 45 people
  • Provide constructive challenge to peers, colleagues and seniors

Who you are

The values and behaviours of our leadership at GDS are important. We are looking for individuals who are team players, empathetic and people-driven, and who will help build a diverse and inclusive culture at GDS.

We’re interested in people who have:

  • Previous and relevant operational experience, working within a complex organisational structure to drive actionable metrics that improve efficiencies, improve delivery and provide value for money - all with the customer in mind
  • The ability to think strategically; review complex issues and develop innovative, creative solutions and approaches
  • Experience of leading projects and programmes with the ability to plan ahead whilst delivering an excellent service, balancing multiple strands of work and deploying portfolio and performance management techniques
  • Experience of motivating, inspiring and empowering multi-functional teams and creating an inclusive environment of continuous improvement
  • Influential at all levels of seniority within the business
  • Previous experience in Government is not necessary - we welcome applicants from all sectors.

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Further information

Further information

Before submitting your application we recommend you review the microsite for further information about the position and the recruitment/selection process. Failure to submit a full application will mean the panel only has limited information to assess your application against the criteria in the Person Specification.

Success Profiles

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. This Framework aims to attract and retain people of talent and experience from a range of sectors and all walks of life; for each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful.  This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role.

For this role we’ll be assessing your Experience and Behaviours.

As well as the Essential Criteria we’ll assess you against the following Behaviours during the selection process:


  • Delivering at pace
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Managing a quality service
  • Leadership
  • Making effective decisions 

For more information on Success Profiles, please visit

GDS offers hybrid working for all employees. This means that everyone does some working from home/remote working and also spends some time in their local office. You will agree your hybrid working arrangement with your line manager in line with your preferences and business need.

Salary: Up to £80k - This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1 role. Existing Civil Servants will be appointed in line with the Civil Service pay rules in place on the date of their appointment. External candidates should expect their salary upon appointment to be up to £80k annum (more may be available for an exceptional candidate).

Reserve List:  A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made. Candidates placed on a reserve list will be considered for similar posts and appointed based on merit.

Diversity: As part of the application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics you will have the option to select ‘prefer not to say’. The information you provide will help us monitor our progress on becoming the most inclusive employer in the UK.

Redeployment Interview scheme: Civil Service employees (including Senior Civil Servants and Crown Arms Length Bodies) who are at risk of redundancy and who meet the minimum selection criteria in the job specification are guaranteed to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process. This could either be an interview or technical/practical assessment. Selection will be on merit and at-risk candidates will be able to self-identify during the application stage, For all guaranteed interview schemes, there may be exceptions made on reasons of time/resource for high-volume recruitment where the vacancy manager may decide to select the candidates who best meet the minimum criteria rather than all of those that meet the minimum criteria.

The selection process: You will receive an acknowledgment of your application through the online process. The interview panel will then assess your application, selecting those with the best fit against the essential criteria. Failure to address any or all of these points may affect your application. The timeline later in this pack indicates the date by which decisions are expected to be made; you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

GDS chats: You will also have the opportunity to speak to a Member of the Leadership Team to learn more about the role and the organisation. Please note, this is not part of the formal assessment process.

Panel Interview & Short Presentation: Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a panel interview to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence. Candidates invited to the panel interview will be asked to give a short presentation. Full details of the assessment process will be made available to all shortlisted candidates at a later date.

Interview panel: This interview will be chaired by a Member of the Leadership Team and two additional panellists will be in attendance.

How to Apply

To apply there are two elements to this application, please submit the information below:

  1. An up to date and relevant CV setting out your career history with responsibilities and achievements
  2. A statement of suitability (no longer than 2 pages of A4) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience meet the criteria in the person specification.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Matt Malone
07471 037070
Jacob Simmons

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