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Deputy Director, HR

  • Manchester
  • 28/05/2024
  • £75000.00 /yearly
  • Full Time & Permanent
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Full Time & Permanent


£75,000 yearly

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Job summary

Youll be joining a friendly senior leadership team in the People and Workplace Directorate. Together we are responsible for the HR, security and property functions for DCMS, often working with our family of 42 public bodies too. We also house the people-centred change management team. Our mission is creating an inspiring, productive and safe workplace where everybody belongs and thrives. 

Our team is regionally dispersed with around 40% of members located out of London and we are growing in Manchester. We are also proud of our high people engagement score - 79%. We run a lot of activities during the year to build our team culture.

The HR function follows the typical operating model of strategy, expert services, people development, business partnering, recruitment and operations. We collaborate closely with teams across the department to deliver our work.

Job description

If successful, in this new role you will co-lead the HR function and profession with the Director, Sarah. You will be responsible for an important change: merging two HR teams into one, bringing them together and empowering people to find the synergies and productivity that will result from closer collaboration and prioritisation.

You will lead projects and services to achieve the goals in our People Plan. Priorities this year include: building on our strong staff engagement, investing in line manager capability; being the most diverse and inclusive department, with a strategy to support those from underrepresented groups and backgrounds; relocating more roles to our Manchester hub, via outreach and recruitment; developing our strategic workforce planning 2030 to build departmental capability and productivity; and enabling work towards a shared HR system with other government departments.

This new role is based in Manchester and you will want to travel from time to time to develop relationships with team members, but much of our work can be done via hybrid working, once relationships are established.

Person specification

  • Leadership A track record of motivating and engaging a diverse team based in different locations, empowering talented people in a productive and inclusive culture, so that they perform at their best.
  • Delivering at Pace Experience of translating strategy into objectives and plans, and supporting your team to deliver productively. You will enjoy variety, be able to respond positively to the unexpected and foster resilience in others and support their wellbeing by managing workloads well.
  • Changing and Improving Eager to use technology and data to to change and improve processes, systems and ways of working. You will have experience of sponsoring projects and understand risk management.
  • Managing a quality service You will be familiar with customer-centric design and delivery, enjoy using quantitative and qualitative insight to ensure the HR service you are delivering is relevant and is of the agreed quality standard.  
  • Working together A networker, able to collaborate and communicate with peers, stakeholders, professions and customers across the directorates of the department, in our family of public bodies and with other departments to influence thinking, understand others and achieve shared goals.

Desirable skills: 

  • This role requires a HR professional qualification: FCIPD. Ideally, the successful candidate will already have this or be willing to gain it through a CIPD assessment of their work experience to date. You will be supported to achieve this.
  • In this role you will be able to round out your professional knowledge, whichever sector or background you come from. A commitment to learning is desirable.
  • We take a people-centred approach to change, following the PROSCI methodology. Full training will be provided.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
Alongside your salary of £75,000, Department for Culture, Media and Sport contributes £20,250 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here. Were committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department. To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:

  • Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working - DCMS staff work on a flexible basis with time spent in offices, and time spent working from home

  • 26.5 days annual leave on entry, increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years service

  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

  • Access to the Edenred employee benefits system which offers discounts to popular retailers and access to various useful resources such as financial and savings advice

  • 3 days of paid volunteering leave

  • Up to 9 months maternity leave on full pay + generous paternity and adoption leave

  • Staff reward and recognition bonuses that operate throughout the year

  • Occupational sick pay

  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme which offers staff 24/7 confidential support and resources such as counselling, debt guidance and management advice

  • Active and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality Networks

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities that you can explore alongside your day to day work

  • Season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!

Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack for more information on terms and conditions.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are running a virtual information session to allow prospective applicants to find out more about the role advertised and the recruitment process. This will be hosted by both the vacancy holder and a representative from the DCMS recruitment team, it will take place on:

  • Tuesday 11th June 12:00 - 13:00

The session will be an opportunity to hear more about the role, the team and wider directorate and the department. 

It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the application, and the interview and assessment process. 

Please register your interest by filling out this form and you will be sent a Google Meets invitation. 

Applying for the role

To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than 23:55 on Sunday 23rd June via the CS Jobs portal:
A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you provide employment history that relates to the essential and desirable criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. The CV should not exceed more than 3 x A4 pages and you should insert your CV into the "Job History" section on Civil Service Jobs on the Civil Service Jobs application form.

 A Statement of Suitability (max 1000 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential requirements highlighted. You may also choose to reference the desirable skills listed.

For the shortlist, we will assess your experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence provided in your application.

In the event of a large number of applicants, an initial sift will be conducted on the statement of suitability. Those who are successful in the initial sift will then be scored on all elements of the application. 


The panel will assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the essential requirements and desirable skills section of this pack. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.


Please note you will only receive feedback if you reach the interview stage. Following interview, all candidates will receive a score along with some short written feedback on your performance at interview. 


If shortlisted, you will be invited to undertake an assessment as part of this recruitment prior to a final interview panel:

  • A staff engagement exercise: a structured exercise which involves shortlisted candidates facilitating a discussion with a selection of staff from the Department on a given topic. The assessment will be conducted virtually.  


The interview process will assess behaviours, experience and will include a presentation.

The behaviours to be tested at interview are: 

  • Changing and improving 
  • Delivering at pace 
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service 
  • Working Together

As part of your interview, you will be asked to deliver a short oral presentation. Full details of this, including the topic, and whether or not you will need to use visual aids, will be sent to you prior to your interview.

Your interview will take place, in person, at our Manchester office. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

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Recruitment team

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Civil Service Commissions Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Head of Resourcing (at [email protected]), in the first instance.


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