Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing

London (Central), London (Greater)
£63,520 - £70,859
13 Aug 2019
26 Aug 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job Summary

Do you want to partner with an organisation that is passionate about the delivery of a high quality, strategic people agenda? 

Are you dedicated to the achievement of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing agendas and have the courage and leadership style to make a real difference? 

Do you have the skills needed to influence our senior leaders and stakeholders to embrace and deliver our diversity, inclusion and wellbeing agendas? 

We are looking to recruit an experienced Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing to adopt a data driven, best practice approach to shaping and driving the diversity agenda within DfT.

Job description

Your key responsibilities will include: 

• Proactively forming part of the wider OD leadership team. Embodying DfT vision and values, role modelling inclusive behaviours and building a learning culture. 

• Providing strategic direction for the department's Diversity, Inclusion, Health, Safety and Wellbeing work. Including ownership of the development and implementation of our Diversity and Inclusion, and Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategies. 

• Helping the DfT to be part of a brilliant civil service that is a great place to work; flexible, dynamic and inclusive through: considering our data and best practice, evidence based interventions; and trailblazing work where this supports the department and its people to be the best they can be. 

• Being a trusted expert advisor on D&I issues and, in particular, impacts of decision-making to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. 

• Taking the lead for the implementation of projects and interventions which contribute to the delivery of the Civil Service wide D&I Strategy and work related to broader culture change or policy programmes including tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination and the introduction of new policies or guidance impacting diverse groups. 

• Confidently and authentically leading the team, building cross-team capability and resilience. Empowering the team to deliver, to work through others, to challenge the status quo and to shift the dial on our diversity makeup and continue to enhance our culture of wellbeing and inclusion where everyone can be themselves. 


Are you looking for a chance to utilise your broad Diversity and Inclusion experience within an organisation that celebrates growth and change? 

Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication skills in particular the ability to work in collaboration with senior leaders & stakeholders towards the successful achievement of a Diversity, Wellbeing & Inclusion agenda? 

If so we would love to hear from you. 

We’re looking for an experienced Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing who not only has wide exposure to these issues and a strong working knowledge of HR policies and procedures but someone who is passionate about designing, analysing and implementing positive change within the organisation. 

We are looking to speak with individuals who have experience of working collaboratively and actively business partnering with departments to analyse diversity, inclusion and wellbeing data and advising the leadership team on strategic business decisions relating to the people agenda of the organisation. 

You’ll be confident applying your HR knowledge to set your own direction, influence decisions and thrive whilst managing a dynamic and challenging workload, welcoming a level of autonomy to your role. 

You’ll have exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to communicate complex information to others, with the capability to provide guidance and information to inform decisions at all levels of the business. 

For this role, it’s essential to be able to proactively manage your workload whilst retaining focus on the key priorities of the department. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a team who pride themselves on their ability to make a difference and an unrivalled level of collaboration within the wider business. 

About us 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Government HR Profession Framework


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. 

This includes: 
- a generous annual leave entitlement, 
- attractive pension options, 
- flexible working, 
- good career development opportunities, 
- a variety of career paths, 
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Upon applying, candidates will be asked to provide a CV & Personal Statement. Please Tailor Your Personal Statement To Demonstrate Your Experience Of – 

Leading as an expert diversity and inclusion professional. 
Utilised proven analytical abilities, evidence of ability to lead a data driven approach to the work of the teams you lead. 
A proven track record of having facilitated, negotiated and influenced stakeholders to achieve results. 
Proven experience of delivering through leading a team, whilst developing colleagues using inclusive leadership and addressing unconscious bias. 

The sift is due to take place 29th August 2019 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 16th September 2019 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

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

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses. 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• an interview with one or more exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order 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. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 
• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Further Information 

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

Contact Government Recruitment Service via DFTrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in 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 if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. 

Any move to DFT will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Naomi Abigail Email :   naomi.abigail@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   DFTCDRGRECRUITMENT@dft.gov.uk Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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