Strategy Development Lead

Job Title: Strategy Development Lead
Contract Type: Contract
Location: England
Salary: €550 - €650 per day + INSIDE IR35
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH27036_1621007523
Contact Name: James Norval
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 14, 2021 16:52

Job Description

Strategy Development Lead

  • Fully Remote Working anywhere in the UK
  • 6 month contract - Inside IR35 - contractor daily rates apply and can be negotiated
  • Deadline: 19th May 2021
  • Central Government experience hugely beneficial


The post reports directly to the Director of Operations and you will work closely with an internal subject matter expert who will co-lead this work with you. The two of you will build the capability of the strategy development team further as required.

Your primary responsibility is to deliver an effective picture of the future for the Directorate and identify the priorities and strategic objectives required to deliver DSO's contribution to the overall strategy. Together you will lead an inclusive strategy development approach that builds a consensus and brings people together to create and embed a shared sense of direction. You will enable key questions about how we will work in the future to be answered.


Working within the central directorate leadership team, the three key priorities of this role are to:

1. Develop and embed a clear vision and strategy, and for DSO as an organisation. Building on transformation developments and plans, this vision and strategy directly supports DSO's aim to be 'change ready' for transformation.

2. Facilitate decision making on key questions which shape the future and activities within DSO. Illustrative examples of the topics we need to explore include:

a. How do we best position and communicate the complementary role of surveys, alongside the increasing role of administrative data?
b. What is the identity and brand of DSO, social surveys and business surveys?
c. Is there a continued role to play in bidding for external survey work?
d. What future financial model should we use to fund our diverse range of surveys?
e. How and when should we be engaging the external market to support survey delivery?
f. What does a holistic survey quality strategy for DSO look like, which moves away from simply focusing on response rates?
g. As the directorate with the greatest impact on the environment, what steps should we be taking to support responsibility towards Net Zero?
h. Where can we better exploit joint approaches between business and social surveys?

3. Shape the strategic thinking underpinning DSO's input into the next Government Spending Review. The clear vision, strategy and priorities, as well as the answers to the questions above are an important precursor to this work.

The inclusive strategy development approach for this role includes:

* Working effectively across the DSO leadership team to develop and implement the strategy.
* Engaging more widely across DSO and facilitating input and feedback.
* Building effective relationships with the other Directorates in the Data Capability area and understanding how we can strengthen our links.
* Working in partnership with transformation and the wider survey community i(e.g. Crime and the COVID19 Infection Survey)
* Working with the Strategy community and internal improvement programme (the BASE Review).

if this sounds like a good opportunity for you, please apply!

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