Department for Education offers £145,000 for next COO


The Department for Education is looking for a new chief operating officer and is offering a salary of up to £145,000 a year for the right candidate.

Former Boots property director Mike Green, who joined the DfE in 2012, is the current COO.

The COO is responsible for overseeing the DfE’s annual budget of over £80 billion and manages all core business functions, including human resources, commerce, governance and risk, and finance. They also lead the operations and infrastructure group.

DfE permanent secretary Susan Acland-Hood said the ideal candidate will be an “inspirational” chief operating officer who can effectively lead a wide range of professions and functions.

“This is a heavyweight CEO role that leads infrastructure across the education system, as well as departmental operations, including our capital programs, digital, data and technology, human resources, finance, business, governance, risk and sustainability. ,” she says.

“Your work here will shape the lives of children and learners, as well as the experiences of those who work in our sectors across the country – the buildings in which they teach and learn, the technology they use and the budgets that serve them. support, as well as how the DfE is supported and governed to be at its best.

“If you have a passion for transforming lives and the experience to make great organizations great, I want to hear from you.”

The successful candidate will also have leadership experience in a large corporate role, be confident in their financial and business skills, passionate about developing people and skills, and committed to improving the infrastructure of the education system, said Acland- Hood.

She also highlighted the need for someone who is passionate about data, digital and technology.

Sonia Pawson, head of Fast Stream in the civil service, recently said that digital and data skills are becoming essential for promotion to top government positions.

The DfE COO job is one of the top 200 positions in the civil service, according to the candidate information package.

Applications for the role must be submitted no later than Friday, April 22, with the department anticipating that interviews will take place from the end of May.

Investigators will include Civil Service Commissioner Paul Kernaghan, who will chair the process; Acland Hood; and Cat Little, DG of Public Expenditure at the Treasury and Head of the Public Finance function.

Candidates can be based in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Coventry, Darlington, Nottingham or Bristol.

Ministry of Defense seeks £250,000 submarine procurement chief

Separately, the Ministry of Defense is seeking a new chief executive for the Submarine Delivery Agency, with an offer of £250,000 a year plus a potential bonus of up to £200,000 for the five-year fixed-term position.

An executive agency of the Ministry of Defence, the SDA is responsible for the acquisition and disposal of UK nuclear submarines, as well as the provision of in-service support.

Maintaining this critical capability is the most important and broadest of all major defense tasks, according to the Defense Department’s DG for Nuclear, Vanessa Nicholls.

The department is looking for a “highly credible leader who can build positive, effective and trusting relationships with high-level individuals in the nuclear defense communities,” Nicholls said in a foreword to the job brief.

“You will need to inspire the SDA team to make the changes needed for the future, have the personal resilience to work on high profile issues and the personal integrity to handle highly sensitive information,” she added. .

The SDA is based in Bristol. The CEO may be based at another MoD site, but will frequently travel to other sites across the UK including London, Bristol and Barrow-in-Furness and Naval Bases Devonport and on the Clyde.

The Department of Defense appointed GatenbySanderson, an executive search agency, to help with the appointment.

Applications close Tuesday, April 19.


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