Director General, Business Sectors Group

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

London or Birmingham

  • Location

    London or Birmingham

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    20 October 2020

  • Client

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ref: GSe67671

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 play a key role in the EU exit preparations, supporting the negotiations and engaging with business.

As our new Director General, Business Sectors Group, you will help us deliver our responsibility for building an economy that works for everyone and will have oversight of the Department’s work in backing businesses to ensure that industries can flourish and grow as we fight the Coronavirus pandemic and leave the EU. You will promote investment through sector deals, manage distressed situations and help business adapt successfully to the new environment.

We are looking for an exceptional strategic leader with insight into the current business environment and an understanding of the market and UK economy. A skilled communicator, you will be confident acting as an ambassador for BEIS and bring a track record of effective influencing in a complex stakeholder environment. Internally too, you will play a critical role and will be expected to play an active part in the ongoing corporate management and development of the organisation. 

Leading a team of 550 staff you will have responsibility for a delegated budget of circa £0.3 billion and will report directly to the Permanent Secretary. You will be enthused at the prospect of being a credible and key link between business and Government, gripping the mutual challenges we face and building relationships of trust so that we can work well together.

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 that is a better employer, 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 MeetingThursday 29 October 2020
Preliminary interviewsw/c 2 and 9 November 2020
Shortlist MeetingThursday 19 November 2020
Assessmentsw/c 23 and 30 November 2020
InterviewsMonday 7 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, 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

Mark Turner, Managing Partner


T: 020 7426 3983

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx