Executive Officer

Birmingham, London , Leeds
National - £26,126 & London - £29,965
04 Nov 2021
04 Dec 2021
Contract Type

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Are you an organised individual who can manage their time effectively to meet deadlines?

Do you enjoy communicating with others?

Would you like the opportunity to work in a varied and fast-paced role?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

We are looking for hardworking and driven individuals that can help support the policy team to deliver ambitious and exciting projects. The candidate would need to react at pace and respond to issues as they arise.

We have two exciting roles within our department, of which these are listed below:

Strategy and Programmes Team

The successful candidate will be joining the Strategy and Programmes team. The team is at the very centre of the Maritime directorate. We primarily work to ensure that Maritime works efficiently and effectively by providing administrative support through, comprehensive project planning, scopes and crafting dashboards to discuss important metrics. You will support the Programme Management Office with management tools, robust governance to oversee the work being carried out and ensuring work is delivered to tight timescales.

Maritime Technology

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop subject matter expertise on autonomy and remote operations, and you will apply this expertise to promote maritime technology and innovation in the UK and help to ensure that this growing part of the sector continues to develop at pace. You will also be part of other technology projects as they emerge.

This is a fantastic opportunity which not only allows you to work with a range of stakeholders, but to also work with the latest Technology that the Maritime Industry has to offer.


Strategy and Programmes Team

• Working with all members of the PPM team in planning and orchestrating administrative support, ensuring the team’s priorities are met and best practices are upheld
• Being responsible for the workforce planning and HR support for the Maritime directorate. This will involve creating bespoke job adverts and working with government partners to deliver regular recruitment exercises
• Supporting the HEO in actively gathering information and collating data on maritime developments across the sector
• Developing knowledge and understanding of Maritime opportunities and needs of the sector
• Leading a fast-paced and considerable workload with a degree of autonomy, taking care of day to day projects and ad-hoc support as it arises

Maritime Technology

• Supporting projects to develop maritime technology in collaboration with key industry partners, ensuring the continuation of the UK's leadership role
• Ensuring our work helps drives the Directorate towards accomplishing the ambitions set out in Maritime 2050 using excellent internal and external engagement, particularly in building relationships with key partners such as the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA)
• Working with colleagues across DfT and industry representatives to ensure coherent and results-oriented policy is in place to support the department’s wider ambitions
• Preparing Ministerial briefings, responses to invitations and relevant correspondence on maritime technology policy
• Leading a fast-paced and interesting workload with a high degree of autonomy, looking after day-to-day policy and communications issues and ad-hoc tasks

For further information on the role, please see the attached role profile.

About you

You will be highly adaptable and flexible, adjusting to the requirements of the role. Being a team player with the ability to work on your own initiative and under pressure.

You will have excellent communication skills, both oral 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 others as you build effective working relationships with both colleagues and stakeholders.

You will have exceptional organisational skills, have the ability to manage your time effectively, organising your work and prioritise workloads to maximise your productivity.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture


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

Things you need to know Security

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, Strengths and Experience.

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.

How to apply

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.

Please submit a CV and tailor this to the role, for your personal statement please outline the following:

• Your experience of managing your time and workload to meet a tight deadline
• Your experience of communicating a clear message effectively to stakeholders/customers, you should include any challenges you faced and how you overcame them
• Your experience of working as part of a successful team to meet a common objective

The sift is due to take place from Monday 15th November 2021.

Interviews are likely to be held from week commencing Monday 29th November 2021.

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

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

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 visit our Careers website.

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 DRGComms@dft.gov.uk 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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   John Connell Email :   John.Connell@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: Visit the Civil Service Commission website at https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk