Head of Reward and Arms Length Bodies - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
20 Sep 2019
06 Oct 2019
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job

Do you want to take the lead and strategically partner with an organisation that is passionate about the delivery of a high quality, strategic people agenda focussed on pay and reward?

Are you dedicated to the achievement of innovative and strategic policies related to the pay and reward of a highly successful government department?

Do you have the experience and skills needed to influence our key stakeholders to embrace and deliver our pay and reward strategy?

If so, we are looking to recruit a Head of Reward and Arms-Length bodies, to adopt a collaborative and supportive approach to leading and achieving the strategic departments aims. Job description

Reporting in to the HR Director, Group HR Reward, Policy and Arms-Length bodies, this is an exciting opportunity to lead two reward & policy teams focussed on the delivery of a high profile Pay & Reward strategy. This is an excellent opportunity to utilise your extensive leadership skills in a high-profile role working within a highly supportive and inclusive team within the Department for Transport. Your key responsibilities will include:

You will manage two G7 led teams and report into the HR Director Group HR Reward, Policy and Arms-Length Bodies. The reward team covers the central department as well as the four executive agencies:
• Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
• Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
• Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
• Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)

There are also 18 arms-length bodies which will require differing levels of support.

Your key responsibilities will include -

• To develop and deliver a reward strategy for both SCS and delegated grades using creative and innovative methods which supports the business in achieving its objectives.
• To work closely with key stakeholders across the DfT organisations, to understand their business needs. This will require some travel to the various agency offices, gathering intelligence and insight, attending key meetings with the agency including Board meetings where appropriate. Developing strong and trusted relationships with HR Business Partners, using their business insight to inform the work, will be key.
• To ensure that all reward initiatives are modelled and costed appropriately and that they fall within the required financial, HM Treasury and Cabinet Office budgetary/pay remit processes.
• To oversee the work of the reward and ALB teams, leading and building capacity with the teams.
• To lead on bespoke reviews and projects as required.
• To network across CSHR, ensuring that DfT remains close to cross-government people strategy.


Are you looking for a role where your confidence in leadership and working with data combined with extensive analytical expertise will enable you to make innovative solutions and designing pay and reward outcomes?

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 Pay & Reward strategy.

If so we would love to hear from you.

We’re looking for an individual who is passionate about leading high performing teams, and will use this confidence and enthusiasm towards designing, analysing and implementing positive change within the organisation through the Reward strategy.

We are keen to speak with individuals who have experience of working collaboratively and actively business partnering with departments to analyse trends and advising the leadership team on strategic business decisions relating to the pay and reward agenda of the organisation.

You’ll be confident applying your 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’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
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


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, Strengths and Experience.

In order to apply candidates are asked to provide a CV & Personal Statement. Please tailor your Personal Statement to demonstrate your experience of informing / influencing Pay and Reward and/or reform changes in this area.

The sift is due to take place w/c 7th October 2019

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 21st October 2019

Interview location to be confirmed.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 the Department for Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Mike Watkins Email :   Mike.Watkins@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.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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