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GDS hunts deputy to help drive through portfolio of digital projects

David Bicknell Published 22 September 2017

£100K role intended to build confidence and buy-in from stakeholders, both within GDS and across government departments, evangelising and sharing best practice for delivery teams across GDS


The Government Digital Service (GDS) is looking to appoint a deputy director for portfolio delivery.

The role , applications for which close on October 2, carries a £100,000 salary and has a two year fixed contract term. 

The role, located at GDS’ White Chapel Building headquarters, will be responsible for ensuring that the portfolio of programme and products within GDS’ Delivery and Support Group deliver the requisite outcomes aligned to GDS’ objectives and priorities, to agreed quality, cost and timescale.

The role, which will report to the director for the Delivery and Support Group, will work alongside a senior team of deputy directors responsible for managing multidisciplinary agile product teams, within their programmes.

The successful candidate in the role will be expected to be adept at delivering complex digital projects, breaking down barriers between teams and both planning at a high level and getting into the detail to make things happen when needed; prioritising resource demands across the portfolio to optimise delivery, supported by the group’s Portfolio Office; and be capable of driving “systemic changes” across the organisation to improve ways of working that slow or prevent delivery across the portfolio.

He or she will also be expected to build confidence and buy-in from stakeholders, not only within GDS but also across government departments, evangelising and sharing best practice for delivery managers and senior delivery teams across GDS.

A shortlist for the role’s recruitment is expected by the week commencing October 23, with interviews starting in mid-November.

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