Tailored Review Senior Advisor

Robertson Bell are proud to be working in a retained partnership with Department for Education on a national recruitment campaign for Finance, Partnerships, Risk and Assurance.

DfE are a ministerial department supported by 18 agencies, public bodies, and non-ministerial departments, with offices based across England including Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Coventry and Darlington. They are responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills across England. They work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

As a Tailored Review Senior Advisor, you will work to support and drive forward the strategy and delivery of the department’s tailored review programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a high profile area of work, ensuring the department delivers on its commitment to review the form, function and efficiency of each of its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) once during the course of each parliament. Our work is focused on helping the department and its ALBs function as effectively as possible as a part of total delivery system.

The post holder will be specifically responsible for:
*Developing the Centre of Expertise by producing and updating appropriate guidance, tools and processes
*Working in partnership with key stakeholders to develop and promote an effective resourcing model to enable delivery of reviews
*Liaising with Cabinet Office on the overall DfE tailored review programme and individual reviews as appropriate
*Working collaboratively with the ALBs and their policy/sponsorship teams within DfE, fostering a partnership approach and building engagement at all levels
*Leading on project management, maintaining the plan and working closely with the team’s Project Management Office
*Undertaking the delivery of reviews, ensuring Cabinet Office guidance is followed with planning and scoping, gathering and analysing evidence, drawing conclusions and making recommendations to the Lead Reviewer, and drafting the report.
*Feeding into the overall programme, enabling continuous improvement, setting strategy, developing our corporate approach and providing advice and guidance to deliver change.

The successful candidate will ideally have an understanding of organisational change, governance or experience in tailored or departmental reviews would be advantageous but is not essential. The role requires an individual who has the aptitude for analysing information and the use of critical and creative thinking to synthesise information, with a strategic focus and the need to take into account the varied and complex nature of our ALB landscape. You will have a passion for delivering through partnerships, building effective relationships, and the personality to lead and influence people, including the confidence to challenge where appropriate. Your communication and project management skills will underpin your ability to work at pace whilst maintaining quality and high standards. This is a rare opportunity to join an organisation which will allow you to drive through change and work with a diverse range of stakeholders within DfE, Cabinet Office and other government departments.

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