Director DIO Major Programmes and Projects

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

DIO principal hubs - regular travel will be required around the UK, and routinely into London

  • Location

    DIO principal hubs - regular travel will be required around the UK, and routinely into London

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    SCS Pay Band 2

  • Client

    Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Ref: GSe86235


This role can be located at any of the DIO principal hubs which are Andover, London, Whittington (DIO HQ) Glasgow and Wyton. Regardless of location regular travel will be required around the UK, and routinely into London.

The Organisation

DIO enables Defence people to live, work, train and deploy at home and overseas and we are proud to be the expert partner Defence needs for all their infrastructure requirements. As one of the largest landowners in the UK we manage assets worth £28bn, with an annual budget of £3.3bn. Major Programmes and Projects (MPP) is responsible for the delivery of capital infrastructure projects across all of Defence. We deliver a vast array of projects from hangars and runways, jetties and maritime, technical and operational, logistics and storage, living accommodation and messing, and recreation and sports facilities for both UK and US Visiting Armed Forces customers. Our programme of works includes high value Defence Major Projects Portfolio and a high volume of major capital infrastructure projects across the UK and Overseas Defence Estate.

The Role

The Director DIO Major Programmes and Projects will be accountable for the delivery of  a large scale, diverse and technically complex Infrastructure portfolio. Working with front-line commands, you will make optimal decisions about what to build and where to build it and deliver greater value for defence.  You will also develop an already capable team to attain further achievement. You will lead a team of some 400 staff and directly line manage personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as civilians. Ramping up our major project delivery capability will also give you the opportunity to build a really high-performing delivery organisation. 

The Person

We are looking for an exceptional leader who has clear experience of leading and delivering a portfolio of large-scale infrastructure construction projects across either the public or private sector. You will be a driven, resilient and adaptive leader operating at a comparable level, who has the credibility and passion to drive innovative solutions to enhance customer and partner satisfaction.  You will have the confidence and charisma to engage and influence up to Board level actively contributing to broad leadership in Defence. You need to be passionate about developing the potential of others and committed to improving our delivery of infrastructure services to industry-leading standards. 

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Recruitment Table

Closing Date
23:55 Wednesday 12th October 2022

Longlist Meeting
Week commencing 17th October 2022

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Throughout week commencing 19th and 24th October 2022

Shortlist Meeting
Week commencing 24th October 2022

Assessments/Staff Engagement Exercise
Week commencing 31st October 2022

Final Panel Interviews
Week commencing 28th November 2022

Further info

Please note:

Security and Vetting: If successful, the applicant will have to undergo security vetting as a condition of employment. This post requires Developed Vetting (DV). Individuals should normally have been resident in the UK for 5 years preceding their application for DV clearance.

This is a reserved post and as such applicants must be a sole UK National to be eligible to apply.  

How to apply

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please download the candidate pack for more information about the role and the full list of essential criteria. 

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 23:55 Wednesday 12th October 2022 and please provide the following documentation:

  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 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
  3. 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 both 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 james.payne@gatenbysanderson in the first instance.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:


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