Head of Programme Management Office – Cyber Security | Cyber Security Jobs London, UK

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  • Offered Salary 1000
  • Experience 3 Years
  • Gender Male
  • Industry energy-and-utilities
  • Qualifications network-engineering

Job Description

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£53,328 – £68,310
National: £53,328 – £62,162 London: £58,602 – £68,310


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

DCMS – Cyber and Data

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Business Management and Improvement
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts




Belfast, Darlington, London, Manchester

About the job


The Cyber Security and Digital Identity team is looking to appoint a Head of Programme Management Office. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in ensuring the cyber resilience of the UK. You will work alongside our Cyber Security and Digital Identity policy and programme teams, building and driving delivery that will play a pivotal role in meeting the outcomes of the new National Cyber Strategy, which was launched in December 2021.

The post offers the opportunity to work on high profile and significant Government investments that will shape the future of the UK economy and citizens’ lives. This role will be key in helping us drive forward our investment in skills, growth and innovation portfolios of work.

You will need to be a confident, inspiring and inclusive leader, committed to the support and development of your staff. You will act as a role model within DCMS and the wider government security profession, visibly committed to our Vision and Mission.

Job description

Leading the Cyber Programme team in the Cyber Security & Digital Identity Directorate, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Leading on all matters relating to Finance, HR, Delivery, Commercial, Risk, Governance and assurance aspects of DCMS’ work in the National Cyber Security Programme, which will support the implementation of the new cross-government Cyber Security Strategy;
  • Tracking progress against the Cyber Security Programme plan; and
  • Overseeing the effective management of a multi year, multi £ million Cyber Security Programme budget.
  • Managing a team of around 7 members of staff, working to the Deputy Director and in support of the Cyber Security & Digital Identity Director in DCMS.
  • Working with a wide range of stakeholders in departments, commercial partners, security professionals, the security and intelligence agencies, and national security policy leads, including Ministers and their very senior officials.


Person Specification


  • A proven track record of working with programme and policy leads to deliver successful outcomes;
  • Demonstrable experience of government finance, procurement and programme management;
  • Experience of driving performance through collaboration with programme teams;
  • An ability to understand, process and communicate management information to senior team members;
  • Experience of successfully delivering significant change programmes;
  • Proven leadership experience, with the ability to empower and motivate others in a dynamic environment and across organisational boundaries, with an engaging, adaptable, leadership style;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, with the credibility and ability to build excellent relationships with key stakeholders across organisational boundaries and evidence of a collaborative approach.

Desirable Skills:

  • Cyber security or wider security background knowledge and / or experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of HM Government coupled with an ability to confidently navigate Whitehall, capable of drawing upon and establishing networks;
  • As one of the department’s senior leaders, you will also be a strong and visible role model for Civil Service leadership, and deliver to the DCMS Leadership and Management objectives.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service


You’ll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits:
Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time
26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service.
Exceptional contributory pension scheme
5 days of paid leave for L&D
5 days of paid volunteering
Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay
Occupational sick pay
Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, BAME, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women’s Network.
Access to one of the world’s largest learning and development platforms
Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy
Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more!

SCS T&C’s will vary, please refer to the attached candidate information pack to find out more.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Application Process

We encourage all candidates to apply for this role. To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on 11th May 2022 via the CS Jobs portal:

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us;

  • 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 (max 1000 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria listed in the ‘Essential Requirements and Desirable Skills’ section of this document.

Failure to submit all three documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the essential requirements and desirable skills.

Part of the application process will require you to complete diversity questionnaire, you will have the option to select ‘prefer not to say’ but this information is very important to the Civil Service.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with: [email protected] If you do not receive acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact the above email address.


At this stage, the panel, including the hiring manager, will assess your CV and Personal Statement and select applicants demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the ‘Essential Requirements and Desirable Skills’ section of this advert. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

The Interview

Interviews will consist of questions where candidates will be expected to build on the information provided in their application.

The interview will be a blended assessment consisting of a series of questions against the Civil Service Success Profiles Behaviours and Strengths.

As part of your interview, you may be asked to deliver a short oral presentation. Full details of this, including the topic, and whether or not you will need to use visual aids, will be sent to you prior to your interview.

We recommend candidates take some time to research and prepare beforehand. The use of notes and prompts is permitted when delivering your presentation, however, the interview panel will be looking for softer skills, such as your ability to communicate in an effective and engaging manner.

Please bear this in mind when considering how you deliver your presentation.

Indicative Timeline


We aim to conduct sifts w/c 16 May 2022.

Interview Dates:

Interviews will be conducted w/c 30 May 2022.

Interviews will take place via Google Meets. Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Further Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Access NI on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email [email protected].

Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally need 3 years’ UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement, but supplementary checks may be needed where individuals have not lived in the UK for that period. This may mean your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

This role is part time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the candidate information pack.

This role can be based in London, Manchester, Darlington or Belfast. The hub locations are displayed on the job advert. Not all hub locations yet have confirmed office space – successful applicants will be expected to work remotely until this becomes available.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Further information

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact ([email protected]) in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/

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