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Performance & Portfolio Leads

  • Manchester
  • 14/05/2024
  • £49,839.00 - £55,531.00 /yearly
  • Full Time & Permanent
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Full Time & Permanent


£49,839 - £55,531 yearly

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Job summary

We are looking for two enthusiastic, flexible and resilient candidates to join the Performance Unit and Portfolio teams in the Project Delivery and Major Events Directorate. Both of these roles focus on monitoring DCMS delivery and strategic analysis to help inform, influence and contribute to effective decision making at the most senior levels in the Department. 

The Performance Unit and Portfolio team are responsible for the oversight of delivery, including external major project delivery and internal departmental change activity. Located within the new Project Delivery and Major Events Directorate which has responsibility for delivering diverse and high profile major events and exciting large scale projects such as the Coronation of Their Majesties, Her Late Majestys funeral and the Commonwealth Games.

Further information can be found in the candidate pack attached at the end of the page.

Job description

These two Grade 7 roles are located in two different but closely linked teams within the directorate and will lead on two distinct areas of DCMS delivery:  

  1. Performance Lead: Primarily focusing on internal, corporate delivery priorities and performance management, working on performance data and analysis for the People and Operations Committee. The postholder will also work closely with our StratOps DG to define, implement and monitor key departmental strategic objectives as well as working on new internal project commissions, including managing and reporting on DCMS progress on Civil Service Modernisation and Reform. This post will also have line management responsibility for 2 HEOs who work across different performance areas. 

  2. Portfolio Lead: This role will focus on the DCMS external delivery portfolio and its performance, overseen by the Delivery and risk Committee, with responsibility for performance management process and strategic analysis of the DCMS major projects portfolio and the departments delivery narrative. The role supports the management and planning for the DCMS portfolio pipeline and our project pathway - areas that both provide ongoing delivery oversight across all stages of a projects life cycle and help manage its relationship with the DCMS governance framework. This role has no direct line management responsibility, relying on collaborative working and close links with both project teams and colleagues across the centre including our Risk, Strategic Finance, Public Bodies and Project Delivery Centre of Excellence teams. Experience of working within Programme Management Office, Portfolio or Project Delivery is essential for this role.

Both post holders will be expected to develop strong networks across the department and across Government to support our ambitions and be comfortable working with people at all levels including the most senior management team. The roles may sometimes require travel to other offices for in person meetings.

Person specification

The ideal candidate would have the following key skills and experience:

Essential requirements: 

  • An effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills who is comfortable working with people from all levels of seniority
  • Experience of proactively collaborating with a variety of teams to gather complex data, review and synthesise to create clear narratives for senior stakeholders.
  • A keen eye for detail and the ability to interrogate and interpret performance data and analysis.
  • An inquisitive nature with an interest in improving processes, systems, ways of working - proactively solving problems.
  • Excellent organisation skills and the ability to adapt and work flexibly and responsively in a rapidly changing and sometimes, reactive environment. A self starter, able to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Experience of working within a Performance, Delivery or Strategy Unit, Private Office,Programme Management Office, Portfolio or Project Delivery context.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience of managing a multi-month publication process of Management Information and performance reports, drawing on input from across the department.
  • A P3M (project, programme or portfolio) qualification e.g. Prince2, MSP, APM or substantial experience of working on projects and willing to work towards a P3M qualification

We are running an information session where prospective applicants can find out more about the role. This will be hosted by Elise and Diane, and will take place:

11.30am-12pm on Friday 17th May 2024

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.

Please register your interest by filling out this form and you will be sent an invitation. Please note that the session will not focus on the DCMS recruitment process - please direct any queries that you have on this topic (timelines, reasonable adjustments, onboarding etc) to [email protected]


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
Alongside your salary of £49,839, Department for Culture, Media and Sport contributes £13,456 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, Strengths and Experience.

To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than Monday 3rd June 2024 at 23:55 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 1,000 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.

For support in writing your application and interviewing, please refer to the Application and Interview Guidance document attached to the job advert.

The interview process will assess behaviours and strengths and potentially include a presentation. The behaviours to be tested at interview are:

The behaviours to be tested at interview are:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace 

You will not be made aware of the strengths being assessed prior to your interview. 

As part of your interview, you may 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 remotely via GoogleMeets.

For indicative sift and interview dates please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.

Further Information

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

For further information on National Security Vetting please visit the following page

Please be aware the levels of national security clearance are changing which may impact on the level needed for this role by the time of appointment. All efforts will be made to keep candidates informed of any changes and what that will mean in terms of vetting criteria. For more information please See our vetting charter

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to Department for Culture, Media and Sport from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at   

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the Information for Applicants document.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out. 

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading. 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Reasonable Adjustment

We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process.

In order to request an adjustment, please:

Complete the Assistance required section on the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or a verbal test rather than a written one. 

Alternatively, contact the Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


If you are experiencing accessibility difficulties with any of the attachments, please contact us. Contact details can be found in the 'contact point for applicants' section of the job advert.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


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 counter-terrorist 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.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact [email protected] in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:


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