Head of Information Communication Technology - Flexible Working Available

Vehicle Certification Agency
City of Bristol
£52,375 - £60,229
09 Sep 2019
09 Oct 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

About the job Summary

Do you have a passion for Information Communication Technology and project management?

Are you looking for a high profile and wide reaching role that you can make your own?

If so, this unique and exciting opportunity as our Head of Information Communication Technology is for you, and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

As part of our Finance and Resourcing department, you will lead a small team to deliver resilient and compliant ICT systems to VCA staff and customers across the UK and throughout our overseas operations. These are exciting times for VCA as we modernise our ICT systems to provide better information assurance and cyber security, and you will be at the heart of this development where you can build a team around you to support our strategic objectives.


Your main responsibilities will include:

• Development and management of VCA ICT Strategy;
• Development and management of ICT services and policies;
• Development and maintenance of ICT Business Continuity Plan;
• Management of the ICT section;
• ICT work plan;
• IT Security & Information Assurance;
• Budget Holder for ICT Equipment, Running, Consultancy and Telephone services;
• Represent ICT at ICT User Group Meetings;
• Liaison on behalf of VCA with Internal Audit, DfT Security Office, DfT Chief Technology Officers’ Group on ICT and IT Security matters;
• Draft responses to PQs and FOI requests.

Your IT Security Responsibilities will include:

• Supporting VCA Senior Information RO and Information Asset Owners – providing appropriate guidance in managing VCA data and information;
• Contributing to the implementation and maintenance of the RMADS (Risk Management and Accreditation Document Sets);
• Liaising with the Accreditation Authority on matters that affect the accreditation or re-accreditation of the IT system;
• Advising the System Administrator on matters of security;
• Investigating IT related security breaches;
• Reporting security incidents to the Accreditation Authority and UNIRAS;
• Monitoring reports of security incidents and potential weaknesses;
• Initiating independent ‘health check’ audits;
• Report security incidents to VCA Management Board.

Special features of the role

Although this role is based in Bristol, the successful candidate will be expected to travel to our other VCA offices on occasion across the UK.

About you

You will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences, maximising both impact and understanding. You are someone who gains rapport quickly with your colleagues and stakeholders, as you build effective working relationships to understand the needs of the business.

You will be well organised with the ability to work on your own initiative and under pressure, managing multiple and often conflicting priorities to time and to a high standard. You will be an excellent team leader and someone who can motivate others to work together towards a shared goal.

About us

The Vehicle Certification Agency is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval Authority. We have over 30 years experience supporting industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for vehicles, their systems and components.

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.

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.

If you would like to read more about VCA and the fantastic benefits that we offer please click here

If you would like to see what other opportunities we have to join VCA please click here


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Service Management > Service Strategy > IT Management Level - 5/6
  • Strategy and architecture > Information strategy > Information security - Level 3/4
  • Strategy and architecture > Information strategy > Information assurance - Level 5

Benefits Benefits

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

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

How to apply

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to provide evidence of when you have:

• Planned, managed and implemented a project or programme from start to finish;
• Motivated a team by giving enthusiastic and encouraging messages about priorities, objectives and expectations;
• Influenced and engaged with a wide range of stakeholders;
• Adopted clear processes and standards for managing performance at all levels.

The sift is due to take place w/c 08/10/19.

Interview/assessment will be held between 21/10/19 and 25/10/19.

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
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed 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.

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 :   Richard Brown Email :   richard.brown@vca.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

The Valuation Office Agency’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles, which outlines that selection for appointment is made on merit based on fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the values in the Civil Service Code and/or if you feel the recruitment has been conducted in such a way that conflicts with the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles, you may make a complaint, by contacting the Central Recruitment Team at the following address resourcingteam@voa.gsi.gov.uk If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint you have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission