Head of Strategic Resourcing & Workforce Planning

Birmingham, Leeds, London, Swansea
10 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience in the job market. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities. We would also welcome applications from candidates from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are looking to take their first steps into the world of work and into learning.

Transport matters to everyone, every single day. It is vital for the environment, the economy, to the country’s prosperity and to our health and wellbeing. We’re investing in the infrastructure our country needs, promoting cycling and walking and striving for a net zero economy. We’re responsible for some of the biggest issues facing Government – now more than ever.

Our people are at the heart of our delivery and key to the work we do. Their outcomes provide innovation and value for the taxpayer through the solutions we provide.

Are you an HR leader who can see the bigger picture and align business outcomes to our workforce strategy and resourcing approach?

We would love someone to join us who can build rapport quickly and work across the Department for Transport to deliver key workforce and resourcing priorities. You will enjoy influencing others, encouraging them to make the right decisions in line with government and departmental strategy. You will be collaborative in your approach and not only a fantastic leader but also an exceptional teammate.

You will be experienced in workforce strategy and resourcing solutions and can work as a trusted partner with your stakeholders. You will set direction across your team and internal colleagues, and your excellent relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

This is a great time to join the Department for Transport. This opportunity will give the successful candidate the opportunity to grow and play a pivotal role in achieving our values and objectives.


Roles and Responsibilities

• Leading your team to develop, deliver and embed a best practice approach to resourcing and workforce planning for the DfT.
• Ownership of the development co-ordination and maintenance of a resourcing and workforce plan for DfT which is aligned to our vision, values, strategic priorities, and the wider Civil Service agenda.
• Working collaboratively across the HR and finance functions, business and professions to ensure departmental demand is accurately forecast and supply routes are effectively managed.
• Work collaboratively across functions to ensure that wider organisational strategies that impact our workforce (e.g. DfT’s location strategy) are aligned to our workforce plan and to act as a key enabler for such strategies.
• Acting as an expert advisor, critical friend and influencer, providing support to senior stakeholders on a range of resourcing and workforce planning issues and ensuring that best practice toolkits, knowledge and frameworks are in place to support the resource planning needs of the business.
• Ensuring that workforce planning is fully embedded in the business planning cycle across DfT and in all plans for change throughout the organisation. This includes responding to and leading on implementing central government commissions and requirements that may on occasion ask us to manage our workforce differently to meet wider government priorities.

About you

Are you a passionate and talented individual who can lead our strategic resourcing and workforce planning team so that the department can achieve its objectives?

Are you looking for a chance to utilise your knowledge in resourcing and workforce planning within a high profile organisation that puts people at the heart of its agenda?

Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication skills and the ability to work in collaboration with stakeholders to achieve business goals and objectives?

If so we would love to hear from you.

About us
Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:
Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other
These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.
We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.
We are different people, one team.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


"Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance."

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Numerical Reasoning. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on Wednesday 23rd September. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

In compiling your CV and Personal Statement, please tailor these to demonstrate your experience of :-

• Demonstrates expert knowledge of resourcing, recruitment and workforce planning, with experience of leading development of organisational strategies and plans.
• Strong stakeholder management and communication skills and the ability to quickly build strong relationships across teams and wider government.
• Experience of analysing and presenting complex data and evidence in an engaging and influential way.
• The proven ability to engage, lead and influence others.

The sift is due to take place w/c 28th September 2020.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 12th October 2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and presentation.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

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

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.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance 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 Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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

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 dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.

Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.