Directorate Business Lead
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Eligible Grades – All
Location – Glasgow or Edinburgh
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply
The COVID Recovery Directorate was established in June 2021, to focus on supporting the Deputy First Minister in his role championing the cross-government collaboration essential for Scotland's recovery from the pandemic. This work builds on the approach we have taken to Covid response, learning from the delivery of the 100 days commitments and seeks to build a broad consensus and approach to recovery and beyond. We champion both the activity necessary for recovery and the way in which we need to work differently as a Government to achieve this. The work has a broad remit across economy and public services, and intergovernment relations, supporting those two Ministerial Groups, a cross party group and wider stakeholder engagement all with a focus on driving recovery. The Directorate will be in the lead to drive the establishment of the governance structures set out in the Covid Recovery Strategy including a DFM-chaired programme board and a National Collective.
You will be a confident communicator, able to develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, respecting sensitivities and confidentialities. The ability to respond quickly and accurately interpret/understand complex information from a diverse range of sources and turn it into clear recommendations is key in this role
• Lead on core business management functions for the Directorate, including oversight of staff costs, recruitment and assurance processes.
• Lead on governance arrangements for the Directorate, including creation and maintenance of a Directorate business plan, close working with DG Communities office, reporting on risk and the annual Certificates of Assurance process.
• Lead on business continuity and information governance as well as the necessary systems and processes for smooth running of the Directorate.
• Maintain oversight and ensure correct management of responses to MiCase, PQs, FOIs and briefing requests.
• Lead on providing the Directorate with a strategic overview of policy developments, including scrutinising and drafting responses to policy documents and highlighting synergies with policies
1: The capacity to work effectively with internal and external colleagues at all levels, building trust and credibility using well developed interpersonal skills.
2: Adapts quickly to understand and communicate complex and sensitive information to present succinct advice and recommendations to senior colleagues enabling sound evidence based decision making on a wide range of subject matters.
3: Excellent planning and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise a number of competing priorities and demands, using initiative and judgement, and develop handling strategies to resolve complex or sensitive issues.
4: Ability to take initiative and seek out opportunities to work collaboratively across a large number of policy areas to deliver outcomes, taking account of sensitivities and diverse agendas.
Analysis and Use of Evidence
Communications and Engagement
Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of Three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.
In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.
Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure early release.
Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.
In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'Zoom' app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.
For information on this post please contact Mary McAllan via Mary.McAllan@Gov.Scot. To apply please complete the online application form.
Eligible Grades – All