Director General, Chief Operating Officer

Government Legal Department

Bristol, Leeds, London, or Manchester

  • Location Bristol, Leeds, London, or Manchester
  • Sector Central Government
  • Client Government Legal Department
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration £127,000 - £149,000 (SCS3 Pay Band)
  • Reference GSe100321
  • Closing Date Monday 16th October 2023

Life changing law

When it comes to nation-changing purpose, few organisations can match the Government Legal Department. Our work touches almost every aspect of UK life. It has a lasting, positive impact on millions of people. And we’re immensely proud of what we do. Government lawyers help the government to govern well, within the rule of law, and the diversity and quality of the legal work available within government is unparalleled. We provide the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of law and politics on legal solutions that affect almost every aspect of today's society.

The Government Legal Department employs nearly 3000 people, including over 2000 legal professionals and has offices across the UK. As the largest provider of legal services across government, we work on high profile matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media. Our teams advise most Government Departments on policy development, prepare and draft legislation, handle high profile public and private law litigation, support our new trade relationships and provide commercial transactional, litigation and property services – and more.

As our inaugural Director General, Chief Operating Officer, you will be one of the most senior leaders in the Department, right at the heart of setting the strategic direction for GLD and leading the transformation of our corporate services and legal operations functions, helping to make sure we are use technology well to improve service delivery.

To succeed, you will need to be a team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and negotiating ability, as well as a track record in leading teams through periods of uncertainty associated with both continuous improvement. You will be an outstanding corporate leader with strong operational skills and a deep understanding of the legal sector.

If successful, you will join us at a pivotal time, and will be instrumental as we set our future direction and continue to modernise the department. If the thought of being right at the heart of delivering truly life changing law excites you, please consider applying. 

Government Legal Department welcome applications from individuals representing as broad a range of views and backgrounds as we have in UK society. Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to an effective, modern Civil Service that delivers policies and services for all of our citizens.

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