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Executive Opportunities

Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationClosing Date
Permanent Secretary​Department for Work and Pensions​P1710-125L​London​​​​11/27/2017
Vice-President Research​University of Luxembourg ​1710-008BL​Luxembourg​​​​​12/15/2017
Director General, Enterprise​Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ​P1711-088L​​London​2/05/2018

Department for Work and Pensions
Permanent Secretary

London | Attractive Package

DWP is a large Department employing 85,000 colleagues across the UK, representing just under a quarter of the Civil Service. DWP has a reputation for strong leadership at all levels and we are changing what, where and how colleagues are delivering services. DWP works in partnership with other Government Departments, and with the private and voluntary sectors, providing services that support over 22 million people – under the brands of Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service, and the Child Maintenance Service.

The Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions is one of the most important and challenging jobs in government and indeed the country.

As Permanent Secretary you would be responsible for running an effective, fair and affordable welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence through assistance into and progression in employment, and beyond. More than this, you would have an impact on the type of civil society we will live in over the next twenty years. In doing so, you will help resolve some of the most pressing issues of the day, particularly focusing on supporting the most vulnerable members of society.

You would also be responsible for the overall management of the Department for Work and Pensions, leading some 85,000 colleagues, in some 900 sites serving 22 million citizens across Great Britain, and accountable to Parliament for £180 billion of public spending.

This is one of the most senior roles in government, with the opportunity to make a real difference to our country, both as leader of the Department for Work and Pensions and as part of the collective leadership of the wider Civil Service. If this is something that appeals to you, then please apply.

For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please click on the links.

Closing Date Noon, Monday 27 November 2017

Job Specification Documents:

University of Luxembourg
Vice-President Research


Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual and international, it is a modern institution with a friendly atmosphere. The primary focus of the University is research and the bulk of the degrees offered are at masters and doctoral level. It undertakes work in a broad range of disciplines and was ranked joint first for its international outlook in the THE World University Rankings 2016 and this is reflected in the composition of both staff and student bodies.

The University has three academic faculties devoted to first-rate teaching and research: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication; the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. It also has three interdisciplinary centres, which foster research excellence and knowledge transfer: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

The Vice-President Research of the University oversees all research-related activities. Reporting to the President, the Vice-President Research will have a decisive and forward-looking role in defining the vision and strategy for the institution’s research activities. As a member of the senior management team, s/he will provide strategic leadership for the research activities across all three academic faculties and three interdisciplinary centres. Key responsibilities will also include evaluation and improvement of research quality and helping to secure funding. The candidate will also be an ambassador for the organisation. This role is crucial to the University’s evolution as a world-class research-led institution.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work “up, down and across” the organisation and bring the empathy and sensitivity to build constructive relationships with academic and managerial colleagues across all faculties and centres. They should have the stature and the credibility to build and maintain a wide range of internal and external relationships with research communities, industry players and the government, promoting the University’s excellent research and enhancing its reputation. Furthermore, they should bring a performance-oriented working style and innovative and visionary thinking with regard to strategic planning activities.

The successful candidate for this role will be a researcher of international stature, with extensive leadership experience in research-led higher education institutions or departments. He or she will have confirmed proficiency in English, French and/or German.

The University of Luxembourg has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please click on the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is December 15th 2017.

Closing Date 15 December 2017

Job Specification Documents:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Director General, Enterprise


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for delivering the Industrial Strategy, which requires maximising investment opportunities and bolstering UK interests. The Department has one of the widest remits in Whitehall and plays a key role in making markets work well for business, consumers and workers.

BEIS is creating a new Group focussed on enterprise and investment and is seeking an outstanding leader with extensive private sector experience to drive this agenda. As a member of the Department’s executive committee, reporting to the Permanent Secretary, Alex Chisholm, you will focus on increasing the Department’s engagement with businesses, from corporates to SMEs, as well as enhancing business capability within BEIS. You will spend a significant amount of your time meeting with businesses around the UK, with the aim of understanding their greatest needs and advising on how Government can best support them.

You will be an exceptional leader with a strong track record in the private sector, bringing wide cross-economy experience and a well-established network. You will be able to build and maintain new networks with a wide range of stakeholders, winning the trust of those who may have differing or conflicting views. Commercial experience is required to help lead BEIS’ activity on business investment, ensuring positive outcomes for UK plc and the taxpayer. Impactful and dextrous communications skills will be essential both to distil complexity and to allow for greatest engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally. An appreciation of the political context in which BEIS works as well as the confidence to work in a complex environment will also be key.

BEIS has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 5 February 2018.

The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

Closing Date Monday 5 February 2018, 10.00am UK Time

Job Specification Documents:

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