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GDS sets up dedicated team for Brexit

Matteo Natalucci Published 16 January 2018

Organisation launches £118k deputy director role to shape GDS’s policy and broader response to the demands that EU exit places on departmental programmes and plans


Government Digital Service is looking for a deputy director for EU Exit to lead and manage a dedicated GDS team on matters related to EU Exit, who will have responsibility for establishing the team and building its profile.

The new post will lead the GDS EU Exit team on the coordination of the digital function to respond to the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The role will play a central role in implementing the government’s priorities for delivery of EU Exit, in a way that supports the Government Transformation Strategy and digital/data manifesto commitments.

The deputy director for EU Exit will work collaboratively across departments to prioritise, plan and identify new actions to successfully exit the European Union. The role will proactively engage with senior stakeholders across government, balancing the need for short-term solutions for day 1 exit with longer-term strategic considerations. This will include identifying and bringing together the resources needed to promote the right culture and processes for supporting successful EU Exit related transformation, including influencing Permanent Secretaries and heads of the wider professions across government.

The new post will be a key member of the SCS leadership team, with direct line management responsibility for GDS’s EU Exit Secretariat, with significant leadership responsibility to coordinate and set direction of the work of deputy directors within GDS and across government.

Successful candidates will need to prove highly developed policy and strategic analysis skills, demonstrating sound political judgement and a track record of operating with credibility across the big picture and legislative/policy details within the context of Government.

Alison Pritchard, chief operating officer for GDS said,” This is a fantastic opportunity to be at the heart of the Government’s preparations for EU Exit. The Government Digital Service has a key role to play in supporting departments through their implementation of EU Exit related digital programmes. And to do so in a transformational way. This post requires well honed policy and PPM skills combining the ability to persuade, influence and bring order to complexity. This is not a technical post.”

Applications close on January 22, with Interviews expected to take place during week commencing on February 12.

The post will be based at GDS headquarters in London’s Whitechapel.

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