Deputy Head of Talent and Development - Flexible Working Available

30 Apr 2021
23 May 2021
Full Time
Contract Type


Any UK office of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

About the job

We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Are you looking for a challenging new role where you will be instrumental in the development of an exceptional leadership culture in an organisation where your job really does matter?
Are you creative and innovative, driven and solutions focused?
Are you an engaging and confident individual who loves designing and facilitating workshops and training events?

Does your job matter?

Job description
We have an exciting opportunity here at the MCA for a Deputy Head of Talent and Development. Accountable for day-to-day operational management of the Talent & Development team you will ensure workstreams are designed and prioritised appropriately in support of the MCA business strategy meeting all key results as agreed with stakeholders. Working closely with the qualified Scrum Masters and design specialists in the team you will demonstrate considerable expertise in balancing responsibility as scrum Product Owner, with that of functional line management – you will lead this fast-paced, delivery focused, dynamic and multiskilled team whilst respecting the non-hierarchical self-directing culture of a scrum team.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Product Owner and learning design lead
• Change agent and advocate
• Scrum/Agile advocate
• Coach and mentor
• Operational line manager
• Inspiring leader and trusted partner
• Expert communicator

About you
You have designed leadership and/or behavioural change programmes that implement business strategy and evidenced their impact. You are familiar with the practical application of Agile/Scrum practices and ceremonies and have managed a multidisciplinary team who may or may not have used Agile/Scrum. Your coaching skills are exceptional although you don’t have to be formally qualified, we can help you achieve that. You are probably quite the pedant when it comes to getting objectives, key results or acceptance criterion unambiguously defined. You present naturally in front of large (200+) or small (~6) groups of people and are equally at home workshopping the latest strategic plan with senior executives as you are teaching interns strategic planning principles. You are brave, bold, curious and humble, you can learn anything and know there are experts out there who know far more than you.

About Operational Delivery Profession (ODP)

Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest and most diverse professional community across the Civil Service. Many of us will have an association with several professional communities or specialisms, ODP applies to all public facing roles / or a role that is primarily aligned to supporting the work of those with public facing roles. All critical to the delivery of UK public services’.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions


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.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

Selection Process Details

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

CV and Personal Statement

Please tailor your CV and personal statement to demonstrate your experience and competence in:

• Designing and delivering leadership and/or behavioural change training and measuring its impact.
• Managing a multidisciplinary team.
• Coaching senior leaders.
• Agile/Scrum practices and ceremonies.

For this role we will assess your:
1. Seeing the Big Picture
2. Leadership
3. Communicating & Influencing
4. Delivering at Pace
5. Making Effective Decisions

The sift is due to take place w/c 24 May 2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 31 May 2021

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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 with one or more exercises

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

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

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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 : Name :   Cathy Wilson Email :   Recruitment team : Email : 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: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

Similar jobs

Similar jobs