Deputy Director, Digital Delivery (Health & Disability)

Department for Work and Pensions

Blackpool, Leeds or Newcastle (based at one of the locations)

  • Location

    Blackpool, Leeds or Newcastle (based at one of the locations)

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Digital, Data & Technology

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £100,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    24 October 2021

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe78591

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is a major Department of State that plays a critical role in UK life.  Operating at significant size and scope, we provide services and support to more than 22 million people every year, responsible for more than 730 million benefits payments, totalling some £176 billion.

Digital Group in DWP design based on user needs, for a future where new and existing systems co-exist. Delivery teams are accountable for test-driven development, business analysis, testing, DevOps, data modelling, repositories, analytics and visualisation, working closely with a cyber-security team. Our Digital products underpin the delivery of a wide range of products including Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and New State Pension. In addition, our challenge is to move from current platforms to designing the next generation of systems.

As Deputy Director, Digital Delivery, the successful candidate will be the experienced leader of advanced agile/lean techniques inhouse and tasked with ensuring all teams are empowered to self-organise effectively.  You’ll also understand waterfall methodology and be accountable for ensuring effective integration with change programmes and department governance.

We have vacancies within two of our teams, Universal Credit Full Service and Health & Disability. Both are critical to supporting some of the most vulnerable citizens in society. This is an exceptional opportunity to help us deliver services that will have real impact for citizens across the UK, as well as being a leading part of our overall transformation story. 

You’ll lead from the front, engaging stakeholders and management in scoping, mobilising and ensuring the timely delivery of complex projects and programmes of work.

Delivering to one or more Agile projects you will work with a multi-disciplinary digital team. planning and prioritising the work, always recognising the capacity and capability of the team. As part of the DWP’s delivery community, you’ll share your experiences and bring in best practise across the department.

By engaging with senior leaders, including product managers & technology experts you’ll remove blockers, manage risks, commercials, budgets, and oversee suppliers and people assignments.  You’ll have substantial budget responsibility and will proactively ensure objectives are met by redeploying people and resources as priorities change.

With a passion for customers, leadership and technology, as well as an ambitious intent to help build the best digital capability in UK public services you will join the department at an exciting time in its transformation programme.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Sunday 24 October 2021 (23:55)

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 25 October 2021 & w/c Monday 1 November 2021

Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement Exercise (SEE) & Fireside Chats (FSC)
w/c Monday 15 November 2021 & w/c Monday 22 November 2021 & w/c Monday 29 November 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Thursday 9 December 2021 &/or Friday 10 December 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit:

  • An up to date and relevant CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements
  • A Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages of  A4) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.
  • Please provide mobile and email contact details.
  • Referees - names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not contact your Referees without your express permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


  1. Guaranteed Interview Scheme.docx
  2. How to write a Suitability Statement.pdf


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