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Head of Profession - Design
Closing Date: 31st May 2022
Interviews: W/C 6th June 2022
Salary: £54,274 - £75,000 (London) £50,427 - £69,000 (National) This will include an allowance of up to £20,726
Working pattern: Flexible working, full-time, part-time, job share
*We are currently offering hybrid working which includes 2 days per week in your local office. Office locations can be found here
We’re recruiting for a Head of Profession - Design here at MoJ Digital & Technology, to be part of our warm and collaborative Justice Digital team.
To help picture your life at MoJ D&T please take a look at our blog and our Digital & Technology strategy.
As Head of Profession - Design, you will be responsible for leading, developing and supporting the Design community of practice. Although based in Justice Digital, this role will have oversight of practices across the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
There will be a focus on building capability, knowledge, talent and expertise within the profession through thought-leadership, knowledge sharing, collaborative ways of working, common working practices and championing a culture of excellence.
You will be a recognised expert in Design. You will have a proven track record of identifying, testing and championing the adoption of emerging technologies, techniques and practices within your professional domain, advising digital teams on the art of the possible and examples of innovative thinking.
You will collaborate with, and support the work of, the Digital Capability team to develop the professionalism along with the skills and capability of DDAT Professionals across the MOJ, using feedback to ensure that the profession is adding value, and addressing any areas of concern.
Our team culture is based around agile ways of working and keeping our users - both internally (front-line staff, managers and senior leaders) and externally (citizens) - at the centre of our thinking. You will have a proven ability to deliver effectively and at pace within large-scale agile service & delivery teams. You will have the skills to embed professional practices into our user-centric and agile culture and will have deep experience in leading and motivating a community of highly capable, digitally skilled professionals.
Vision and Strategic LeadershipSet the vision and strategy for the Community of Practice for Design within Justice Digital and the wider MoJCollaborate with Justice Digital and MoJ colleagues to ensure that the vision and strategy for the profession and the Community of Practice is aligned, supporting and delivering to the strategic priorities, outcomes and goals of the organisationCreate and own the strategic plan for the development of the people in the profession, delivering a prioritised roadmap that builds and strengthens the professional capability and expertise for your community of practice. This includes discussion, alignment and agreement with SCS leaders in Justice Digital on the priorities for each quarterProactively work across government departments, the wider private sector and academia to develop and promote excellence within the specialism, attract new funding and resources, create opportunities for innovation and collaboration through networks, forums and interest groups – setting up new ones where they don’t existCollaborate with CDDO to standardise and strengthen DDaT professions across Her Majesty’s GovernmentEnsure that all members of the community have a voice and can contribute towards continually improving the profession and building a thriving, diverse and inclusive communitySupport the promotion of the Justice Digital brand and our employee value proposition; raising the profile of the Community of Practice across MoJ, the wider Civil Service and beyond through thought leadership; public speaking, videos, case studies, events, awards, blogs, social media promotion etc.
CommunityBuild and grow a thriving communityEnsure standards are understood and applied within the wider profession, and support profession leads in driving continuous improvement across Justice Digital and MoJWork across MoJ, wider government and externally to build connections into professional communities where mutually beneficial opportunities existWork with the other heads of profession and leads to ensure consistency across DDaT professions not only within MoJ but across government
Quality and StandardsOwn the standards for Design and be responsible for defining, leading and continually improving these standards for the professionCurate accessible knowledge, standards and best practice to set the right conditions for people to work effectively within the specialismDefine and embed performance metrics and KPIs for the profession and ensure they are effectively embedded within Justice Digital teams. Provide management reports, analysis and insight for the profession as necessaryEnsure the quality and standards support and enable our Agile culture with a governance model that helps us to accelerate both pace and value of delivery
PeopleBuild and grow a forward-thinking and diverse team within the profession. Ensure all practitioners have clear routes for progression through career pathways and structured learning and development plansEnsure we attract, develop and retain high calibre talent within the profession, building the digital capability, skills and competencies needed within Justice Digital and across the MoJCollaborate with Digital Capability teams to define and implement approaches for recruitment, onboarding, retention, early talent pipelines, learning and developmentSupport profession leads to identify skills gaps and development opportunities and effective management of under-performanceOwn the L&D budget for your profession, ensuring effective use of the department's funds and reward and recognition schemesRecruit and provide line management for Lead Designers
Organisational DeliveryProactively build close relationships with Justice Digital senior leaders and their teams to understand the needs and challenges and be able to identify areas of community-related interventions and collaboration.Provide consulting support where professional expertise is required, including support for programmes and areas where there are delivery issues.Define and own the choice of tools, equipment, technologies, platforms, services, and content needed to enable the profession to thrive; ensuring consistency and best practice of use across all Justice Digital and MoJ teams.
If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!
EssentialMeet the requirements for BPSSclearanceAgile working. You know how to coach and lead teams in Agile and Lean practices, determining the right approach for the team to take and evaluating this through the life of a project. You can think of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes. You are able to act as a recognised expert and advocate for the approaches, continuously reflecting and challenging the team. (Relevant skill level: expert)Communication skills. You can mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels. You know how to manage stakeholders’ expectations and facilitate discussions across high risk and complexity or under constrained timescales. You can speak on behalf of and represent the community to large audiences inside and outside of government. (Relevant skill level: expert)Community collaboration. You know how to solve and unblock issues between teams or departments at the highest level. You understand the psychology of the team and have strong mediation skills. You can coach the organisation on team dynamics and conflict resolution while also building and growing the community. (Relevant skill level: expert)Digital perspective. You know about the wider digital economy and advances in technology; you understand how these impact on a government context. You can make decisions that set the standards for others to follow. You understand working using agile methodology at an organisational level. You know how to create an environment for success. (Relevant skill level: expert)Evidence- and context-based design. You know how to design systems for use across multiple services and can identify the simplest approach out of a variety of approaches. (Relevant skill level: expert)Experience of working within constraints. You know how to influence, challenge and coach. You can anticipate how constraints might change and know where to challenge or remove constraints. (Relevant skill level: expert)Facilitating decisions and risks. You can make and justify decisions characterised by high levels of risk, impact and complexity. You know how to build consensus between organisations (private or public) or highly independent and diverse stakeholders. You can be trusted by senior risk owners as an expert in security. You can apply risk methodologies at the most complex levels of risk and guide others in applying risk methodologies in proportion to the risk in question. (Relevant skill level: expert)Leadership and guidance. You can change organisational structures to fixable and sustainable designs. You know how to lead on the strategy for the whole organisation, marrying business needs with innovative analysis. You can make and justify decisions characterised by high levels of risk, impact and complexity. You know how to build consensus between organisations (private or public) or highly independent and diverse stakeholders. You can solve and unblock issues between teams or departments at the highest level. You understand the psychology of a team and have strong mediation skills. You can coach the organisation on team dynamics and conflict resolution. (Relevant skill level: expert)Prototyping in code. You can write HTML and add new tags. (Relevant skill level: working)Prototyping. You are experienced in using a variety of methods of prototyping. You know how to share best practice and can coach others. You can look at strategic service design end to end. (Relevant skill level: expert)Strategic thinking. You can lead the design and implementation of strategy, directing the evaluation of strategies and policies to ensure business requirements are being met. (Relevant skill level: expert)User focus. You know how to give direction on which tools or methods to use. You are experienced in meeting the needs of users across a variety of channels. You can bring insight and expertise in how user needs have changed over time to ensure these are met by the business. You know how to apply strategic thinking in how to provide the best service for the end user. (Relevant skill level: expert)
We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.
Our values are Purpose, Humanity Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.
How to Apply
Candidates must submit a CV and statement of suitability which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above.
In D&T, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process:Seeing the Big PictureLeadershipChanging and ImprovingCommunicating and Influencing
Your application will be reviewed against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.
Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1.5 hour panel interview held via video conference.
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