Chief Operating Officer

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

London or Cardiff

  • Location

    London or Cardiff

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    20 October 2020

  • Client

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ref: GSe67561

With a mission to lead Britain’s recovery by fighting Coronavirus, backing  

business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change, there has never been a more exciting time to join BEIS.

As a Department, we create the conditions for companies and consumers to flourish in a green, open, productive economy, all of which is vital for the future success of our country. Our work also depends on a robust industrial strategy, delivering UK-wide economic growth, and encouraging investment and innovation. We are also playing a key role in EU exit preparations, supporting the negotiations and engaging with business.

As our new Chief Operating Officer, you will be absolutely critical to designing and delivering the business strategy for BEIS. At the helm of our corporate services functions, you will set the strategy for and lead transformation across the Department and its 41 partner organisations (covering over c30,000 people) in a complex organisation covering both high profile and critical policy and delivery areas. You will be directly responsible for Digital, Finance, Commercial and Operations, Human Resources and Organisational Design, Communications and Governance and for the wider corporate issues across BEIS and its partner organisations

We are looking for an exceptional leader who is excited and ambitious about driving change and transformation, and who brings a tangible track record of delivery. Much more than a safe pair of hands, you will need to demonstrate your appetite for innovation and your emotional intelligence in leading people through change, providing challenge and support to your peers and to your teams.

With a delegated budget of around £0.2 billion a year, you will lead a team of around 1,000 staff based in London and Cardiff and will be responsible for overseeing the Department’s key corporate projects, ensuring that BEIS employees have the tools and equipment to work in an agile way. You will report directly to the Permanent Secretary and will have direct line management responsibility for six Directors.

At BEIS we capitalise on difference to solve some of the most important and complex policy challenges facing the country, business, and the environment to build a stronger, greener United Kingdom. We believe diversity and inclusion are the right thing to do, and that they make us a more innovative, welcoming Department which is a better employer, that makes better decisions, and can better protect the economic prosperity of the country. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

Closing dateMidnight, Tuesday 20 October 2020
Longlist Meeting Tuesday 27 October 2020
Preliminary interviewsw/c 2 and 9 November 2020
Shortlist MeetingTuesday 17 November 2020
Assessmentsw/c 23 and 30 November 2020
InterviewsThursday 10 December 2020
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than midnight on Monday 19 October 2020.

You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) explaining:
    1.  Your motivation for applying for this role
    2. How you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Also, only if applying under this scheme, please submit a Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form for disabled persons.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming an inclusive employer. 2020 is the Civil Service Year of Inclusion. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements to date, and think about how we want to continue to make the Civil Service a great place to work. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy or Equality and Diversity for more information.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Eleanor Lawrence, Senior Researcher


T: +44 (0) 7590 355 825

Julie Myers, Senior Consultant


T: +44 (0) 7595 779915

Michael Dobson, Practice Lead


T: +44 (0) 7891 142 325

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx