Director of Capability, Learning & Talent

Department for Work and Pensions

This role can be based out of either Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield DWP hub locations

  • Location

    This role can be based out of either Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield DWP hub locations

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £120,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 August 2021

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe76839

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in the largest Civil Service Department that touches the lives of citizens across the breadth of the UK. What we do matters. We serve over 22 million customers a year - we keep children out of poverty; we help people without jobs to find work so that they can support themselves and their families; we ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected.

The last 15 months have been challenging ones, but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has played a huge part in supporting the Government’s response, and has been at the heart of supporting those who are most vulnerable and affected by the crisis. DWP delivered a range of measures through the welfare system amounting to £9.3bn of additional support.

The Director of Capability, Learning and Talent is one of eight Directors reporting to the Director General, People, Capability and Place and leads a team of over 900 colleagues who are right at the heart of enabling DWP to meet its demanding priorities in the short, medium and longer term. Accountable for integrating technical, professional and personal learning across DWP to deliver a coherent learning offer as part of our capability improvement strategy, promoting team learning and leadership development and enabling greater business flexibility, this role leads a capability portfolio of a scale with few comparators elsewhere in the economy.

As one of the largest employers of civil servants across Government, this role will also be influential in standard setting for capability, particularly in operational service delivery, for the whole of Government.

The challenges are unprecedented and need to be met at pace.  This role calls for someone who will share the Department’s ambition to build a reputation as an organisation where colleagues thrive and which is flexible, inclusive, and continuously learning.  You will be a senior HR leader with a track record of moving the dial on capability in a large and complex organisation. You may have had capability as part of your portfolio, or it may already be your chosen specialism, what matters is that you have passion for this portfolio and the credibility in this space to inspire and lead a large staff team of committed professionals working at pace in a changing landscape.

The mission of DWP, the value it adds to society and the sheer scale and ambition of the People, Capability and Place Group mean this has the potential to be a career defining role for the right candidate. If you are excited by the scale of challenge of the here and now, and the opportunity to shape our strategic plans going forward, then we would encourage you to apply.

This opportunity provides a great chance to make a positive impact and deliver tangible benefits to make a real difference to people. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
23:55pm Friday 13 August 2021

Long listing
w/c 23 August

Preliminary interviews
w/c 30 August , 6 and September

Short listing
w/c 20 September

w/c 27 September and 4 October

Final panel
w/c 11 and 18 October

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than 23:55pm Friday 13 August 2021

  • 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;
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining 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;
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’.

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

If you are unable to apply online, please contact in the first instance.

For more information or for an informal discussion, please contact Julie Myers on or Mark Turner on, at our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson for an informal discussion.