Vacancy -- Director General Education and Public Services and Director General Economy Skills and Natural Resources (2 Posts)
Purpose of Post
Reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, the Directors General posts will take a whole-government approach to the delivery of Taking Wales Forward (PDF) and the Prosperity for All cross-cutting strategy (to be published in September). They will work as part of the Senior Team to help ensure that the Welsh Government’s resources, its corporate systems and processes, and the work of the Civil Service are aligned to, and relentlessly focused on, delivering Ministerial priorities.
In the context of continued resource constraints, the Directors General will support the First Minister and Cabinet to make tough choices to prioritise the Government’s work with a view to achieving the greatest positive impact on the lives of people in Wales. They will encourage the development and implementation of innovative, effective, value-for-money policies by driving collaborative working across boundaries, both inside and outside of the Welsh Government. The Directors General will represent the Welsh Government externally, using their relationships and influence to communicate and support the Government’s programme and the interests of devolved administrations and of Wales.
The Directors General will play an essential part in implementing the changes needed to build a strong, successful and sustainable Welsh Government Civil Service for the future. They will provide the excellent leadership needed to take forward the Permanent Secretary’s Future-proofing initiative to improve the skills, capability, confidence and resilience of the organisation, including developing the leaders of the future and encouraging effective leadership at all levels. They will promote and support diversity and challenge out-dated ways of working and acceptance of the status quo. The Directors General will manage closely the performance of staff in their areas, including both nurturing talent and dealing effectively with poor performance, setting and encouraging excellent quality standards.
The Directors General will be designated Additional Accounting Officer by the Permanent Secretary and will be accountable to her for the performance of their duties. They will undertake the Additional Accounting Officer functions in relation to their specific areas of responsibility, which represent a significant proportion of the £15 billion of Welsh Government funds. They will operate within the overall governance framework laid down by the Permanent Secretary and will, in particular, consult her about issues which might be novel, contentious or repercussive, or which would have a negative reputational impact. Within these parameters, they will ensure when policy proposals or expenditure decisions are made within their Group, or when proposals are put to Ministers, that all relevant financial considerations including regularity, propriety and value for money are properly assessed and take into account. They will also ensure compliance with corporate values and standards and the required standards of ethical conduct. The Directors General will account directly to the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly, in person or through their senior Directors, and will provide formal evidence to assist the Committee in their examinations.
As both Head of Group and Additional Accounting Officer, the Directors General will encourage and enable compliance with common and streamlined corporate services, standards and processes across the Welsh Government, with a view to improving the quality, efficiency and transparency of the work produced by the Welsh Government Civil Service.
The Directors General will be a member of the Welsh Government’s Board and Senior Team, and will hold a number of corporate roles including sponsoring one of the Welsh Government’s staff Equality and Diversity Networks. The Welsh Government has strong commitment to promoting and supporting diversity across the organisation.
Welsh Language Requirements
The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.
The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
How to apply
Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date. All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system. If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SCSrecruitment@wales.gsi.gov.uk to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.
To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system. Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account. Registration takes just a few minutes to complete. You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register. Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.
If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
For further information regarding the Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.
When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)
Other information about the vacancy
> These appointments are offered on either a permanent basis, or as a secondment for up to 5 years (if the successful candidates take up these roles on a secondment basis they may retain their existing terms and conditions including salary).
> These are full-time roles but flexible working arrangements (including job share arrangements) may be considered. It is expected that if you apply as a job share partnership, this arrangement is in place when submitting your applications. Part-time cannot be accommodated so please bear this in mind before submitting your application.
> The successful candidate will be required to undergo developed security vetting (DV clearance).
> Relocation expenses may be available.
**Please indicate in the additional information box on the application form which of the Director General posts you are applying for (or both).**
Peter Kennedy HR Director, Welsh Government
Tel. 03000 251659
Jemma Terry Managing Partner Odgers Berndston Wales
Tel. 02920 783050