Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Belfast, Darlington, London, Loughborough, Manchester
£31,884 - £39,587
The Sport Team within DCMS has overall policy responsibility within government for sport and physical activity. We lead on setting Government’s strategic direction for sport, and are the departmental sponsor for four Arm’s Length Bodies with a total annual budget in excess of £450m (UK Sport, Sport England, UK Anti-Doping and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority). The team has a broad remit that covers elite sport through to the grassroots, and works across government to promote the effectiveness of physical activity as a policy solution to a variety of social issues.
We lead Government’s work on the future governance of football and the UK’s international engagement strategy for sport. We own a number of high profile and important relationships across government and with key external bodies, including with National Governing Bodies (such as the FA, RFU, ECB etc.), the Premier League, the British Olympic Association and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
This is a high-profile and exciting opportunity to join the Football Regulation Team (within the wider Sport Team) as we work towards taking forward the recommendations of the Fan Led Review of Football Governance. Despite clubs generating vast amounts of money, the underlying finances of many clubs throughout the English football pyramid are in a fragile state. We are working towards putting clubs back on a sustainable footing, and putting fans at the heart of the English game. This is a unique chance to be part of design and implementation of a regulatory system to deliver this.
There are 3 roles across the team at Grade B (HEO/SEO) that we are recruiting for. You may work on:
Football is the national sport and as such the work we do is high-profile, with considerable interest from a range of stakeholders and Ministers. These roles will involve working with football authorities (e.g. the FA and UEFA), football leagues (e.g. the Premier League), clubs, fans, and across Whitehall. There is also significant exposure to Ministers.
Responsibilities will include developing and delivering policy in a novel area for Government. You are likely to support on the implementation of a new regime.
The roles will require strong initiative, decision making skills, the ability to develop novel evidence-based policy, and to effectively advise ministers on complex information. You will need to have excellent stakeholder management skills, a strong awareness of the political and parliamentary environment, be flexible and be able to work at pace on a high profile policy area.
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The ideal candidate will have
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here. We’re committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department. To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:
Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack for more information on terms and conditions.
As part of government’s wider priority to grow the Civil Service outside of London, we are encouraging applicants from outside of London and seek to ensure we have a team that is balanced across DCMS locations.
To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than 11pm on 9th January via the CS Jobs portal:
For the shortlist, we will assess your experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence provided in your application.
In the event of a high number of candidates we will sift on the Statement of Suitability only. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
We will take into account your consideration during the interview your preference of role but ultimately the interview will determine the best role for you.
The interview process will assess behaviours, strengths and experience.
The behaviours to be tested at interview are:
You will not be made aware of the strengths being assessed prior to your interview.
In most cases interviews will take place remotely via Google Meet video call. However please refer to the Candidate Information Pack to confirm the interview approach.
For indicative sift and interview dates please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.
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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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 Pre-EmploymentChecks.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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.
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 ‘Information for Applicants’ document.
If you choose to join on a loan basis, prior agreement to be released on loan must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.
This role can be based in London, Manchester, Darlington, Belfast or Loughborough. The hub locations are displayed on the job advert. Not all hub locations have confirmed office space yet - successful applicants will be expected to work remotely until this becomes available.
We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process.
In order to request an adjustment, please:
Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section on 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 a verbal test rather than a written one.
Alternatively, contact the Government Recruitment Service via email@example.com as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
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