The Head of Transformation and Project Delivery in the Government Legal Department (GLD) represents an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the modernisation of the GLD, helping it fulfil its key role of delivering outstanding legal services to Government.
This is an exciting moment in GLD’s evolution as it seeks to significantly enhance the capacity and capability of its corporate service professions and functions which provide the foundation on which our legal services are delivered. As such the post holder will be central to helping GLD achieve its strategic goals.
GLD directly provides or commissions most legal services for central Government Departments on a ‘hard charging’ basis. As such the effectiveness and efficiency of GLD, matters to every strand of Government and is crucial to helping the Government realise its priorities for citizens.
The post holder will have a significant opportunity to develop and implement changes in approach to our project delivery and portfolio management capabilities which will genuinely impact across the whole of Government by helping to make a better GLD.
The post holder will be expected to lead the development of a new approach to project delivery, and the capability across GLD, to support this. They will need to assess the existing change and transformation capacity and systems in the Department and develop the structure, capability – including any external support – governance, financial systems and culture needed in GLD to enable the successful delivery of an existing portfolio of change activity and future transformation and modernisation opportunities.
This portfolio includes digital and technology, cultural, locational, operational (particularly in the HR arena) and organisational design projects. It also includes a significant programme of business transformation which will modernise GLD’s structures, behaviours and governance systems and enhance the investment in, and experience of work for our people in GLD. The post holder will be expected to play a leading role, as programme director, in ensuring this programme has firm foundations to enable it to succeed and drive it forward.
The post holder will be the senior Project Delivery professional in GLD and as head of function will provide assurance to the Board about GLD’s existing portfolio of projects and programmes. They will also provide advice across GLD to project owners and sponsors about setting up and leading successful projects as well as playing a leading role in GLD’s Overall Plan Steering Group. This is a new group formed to provide the GLD Executive Committee and Board a full view of GLD’s portfolio of significant change and transformation activities. It has been established to enable greater visibility of the scope of project and change activities across GLD and provide clear advice to the Board on balance of investment, interdependency and resource allocation in the Department, and the readiness for change and modernisation activities.
The final organisational location, structure and governance of the portfolio office will be for the post holder to recommend.
GLD is, in line with the Government’s wider Places for Growth agenda, developing and implementing plans to move from being a predominantly London based organisation to one with a larger footprint across a wider series of offices including Leeds, Bristol and smaller footprints in Manchester and Croydon. The post holder will play a leading role in assuring and advising on the relocation programme and will themselves need to decide the optimum geographical location for the portfolio management office and how to develop the project delivery function in GLD to take into account of a more dispersed Departmental footprint.
The post holder will be expected to play a leading role in the Strategy, People and Culture Directorate and GLD’s Corporate Resources Group as a member of its senior management team. In what will be a highly visible and influential role across GLD the post holder will also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a broad range of corporate opportunities in the Department. These include in relation to supporting and generating the diverse and inclusive environment, something which GLD is passionate about and which is of fundamental importance to the Department’s long-term success.
This is a role which offers the post holder significant scope to shape how they work, GLD’s programme and projects capability and drive long term systemic change across a Department. It has the potential for the right candidate to deliver value and impact which will have a material benefit right across Government through helping to enhance the quality and capacity of GLD’s corporate activities and make an essential contribution to the Department’s modernisation and professionalisation plans.