Deputy Director – Public Health and PPE Group

UK Government - Department of Health and Social Care London a month ago

There are 3 roles available -

Deputy Director, PPE Strategy and Business Management

Leading a team of 14, this role is driving forward the big policy questions on PPE including likely future demand, our approach to the UK manufacture of PPE and how PPE can transform other elements of healthcare supply. This requires working with supply and logistics experts, legal, financial and analytical colleagues and across Government. The role also has responsibility for the Directorate’s business management function.

Deputy Director, PPE Operational Strategy

With responsibility for a team of 17, this role leads PPE supply to non-acute health and care settings including GPs, residential care homes and Local Authorities. This requires working with logistics experts, wholesalers and across Government. The role oversees a Civil Service award nominated eCommerce platform and will have responsibility for its future development. This role is a blend of policy, operational delivery and commercial skills.

Deputy Director, Public Health Reform Policy

This role leads wide-ranging policy work to support reforms to the public health system and to ensure that system works effectively. This includes policy projects to support the transfer of public health functions from PHE into new homes, and to continue to strengthen the public health system and the government’s public health strategy. The role will demand the leadership and management experience to lead a new and growing team, excellent stakeholder skills and ability to work across organisational boundaries, and strong policy and communication skills to develop and deliver solutions to complex policy and organisational challenges.


Person Specification

In order to be successful you must demonstrate the following -

  • Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to articulate an inspiring vision, and engage and motivate people to deliver in line with business objectives.
  • Inclusive leader who has proven ability to lead, manage and organise teams and pressures in a complex and fast paced environment across multiple locations
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, allied to sound political judgment.
  • Experience of advising senior leaders or ministers on highly complex policy and delivery issues.
  • Experience of Parliamentary business and process, for example legislation, PQs, briefing for debates etc.
  • Being comfortable and flexible in working with a significant level of ambiguity, resilient under pressure and can work effectively in a complex and high-pressure change environment.
  • Proven ability to build and deliver through highly effective relationships across Government and with stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to deliver government policy in a highly complex landscape, drawing on the expertise of local partners and the frontline.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace


Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits. This includes:

  • 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays;
  • one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;
  • a competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;
  • flexible working patterns including part- time or time-term working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours;
  • generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;
  • interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;
  • the opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable);
  • occupational sick pay.