Director General, Work and Health Services

Department for Work and Pensions

You can be based anywhere in UK in a local DWP site, with the expectation of regular time in London each week and out visiting sites.

  • Location

    You can be based anywhere in UK in a local DWP site, with the expectation of regular time in London each week and out visiting sites.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    C. £149,500

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    07 March 2022

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe84110

As the UK government’s largest public service provider, we support people into work, help disabled people live more independent lives, improve housing and tackle homelessness, provide the financial foundation for a secure old age through the State Pension, and ensure children of separated parents have more opportunity to fulfil their potential through a better child maintenance system. 

Our mission is to improve people’s quality of life both now and in the future.

Work and Health Services plays a critical part in delivering the Government’s commitment to getting Britain back to work and delivers through the Jobcentre network across Great Britain. As Director General, Work and Health you will be responsible for leading 60,000 colleagues with an annual budget of £2 billion and responsible for the effective delivery of all working age benefits, including Universal Credit, and the effective delivery of disability benefits including Personal Independence Payment.

We are looking for an experienced operational delivery leader with a passion for public service and a track record of working collaboratively across a large operational delivery organisation to transform outcomes and improve service.  Reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary you will be a key member of the Executive Team and will play a critical role in shaping our organisation as we deliver unprecedented change to the welfare system, and to our products and services.

You’ll play an instrumental role in the continued transformation of a dynamic department.  This is an exciting time to join DWP.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midday, Monday 7 March 2022

W/C 21 March – W/C 28 March 2022

Final panel
W/C 4th April 2022

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than Midday, Monday 7 March 2022:

  • 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 Supporting Statement (maximum 1250 words) explaining why you want to work for DWP in this role; how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience providing evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.
  • As part of the 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 and a great place to work.

It may be that all applicants will be offered the opportunity to speak with either Non Executive Director Nick Markham, Amanda Reynolds Director General Service Excellence, or Peter Schofield Permanent Secretary. This is optional and it is not part of the formal assessment process.

If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of millions of people and are an experienced operational delivery leader, we want to hear from you.  For or an informal discussion please contact us at:

Peter Guilder on 07545 441127 
Mark Turner on 07809 195638,
Michael Dobson on 07891 142325, .


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