Deputy Director, Welfare Spending and Reform

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Closing Date: 11/12/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £71,000
Company HM Treasury

Job Description

Job summary

About HM Treasury

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives across the country, the Treasury is the department for you!  We sit at the heart of Government and have provided advice on economic policy and decisions that affect the public finances throughout the country’s history. A Treasury career continues to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of the decision making that affects the whole of the UK.

Working at the heart of government, we collaborate with other departments to ensure public money is spent well and to drive strong and sustainable economic growth. Our work ranges from protecting customers through to the regulation of the financial sector, helping to reduce carbon emissions and creating a greener economy, supporting people across the country through the COVID 19 furlough scheme and Plan for Jobs as well as helping first time buyers buy their first home.

HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, gender, age ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

Job description

About the Group – Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions (PTWP)

We work to create a tax and welfare system which supports the government’s goals of deficit reduction, economic growth and fairness. In doing so, we look after high-profile areas including labour markets, welfare, personal taxes, tax administration, pensions and savings. We also lead on spending control for both the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The Group has a wider role to assess the overall impact of changes made to taxes and benefits on households across the UK.

Our work means that we’re often at the centre of ministers’ decision making, and we play an important part in Budgets and Spending Reviews. Our group works closely with colleagues across the Treasury, across Whitehall especially with HMRC, DWP and the Prime Minister’s office, and with a wide variety of external stakeholders.

PTWP is particularly encouraging of flexible working practices and has many varied working arrangements within the group. We are committed to flexible working and line managers have experience in designing roles that work. If you are interested in such a working pattern, please feel free to discuss this with the recruiting line manager.

About the Team

The Welfare Spending and Reform (WSR) team is responsible for the Treasury’s overall welfare strategy, and leads on the spending relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). WSR leads on policy advice and spending control for welfare benefits for those of working age, including Universal Credit, tax credits, child benefit, disability benefits and Housing Benefit. The team works closely with DWP and HMRC on delivering reform of the welfare system. Most recently the team has led in Treasury on the Cost-of-Living Payments announced by the government in the spring to support the most vulnerable households.

Given the cross-cutting nature of the work, WSR works closely with colleagues in the rest of PTWP, and across the Treasury, and works collaboratively with colleagues across government, especially in DWP and HMRC.

WSR is a friendly, open and supportive team that encourages and values people from all backgrounds. The team is committed to ensuring a good work-life balance and currently have people with a variety of working patterns

Key Accountabilities

This is a senior Deputy Director role, with significant policy leadership. Working openly and collaboratively with senior stakeholders, and building relationships with Ministers, is central to the role. The successful candidate will need to provide clear and inspiring leadership to an established and diverse team, and contribute actively to the strong corporate agenda in the Group.

Key Accountabilities for this role include:

  1. Advise the Chancellor and other Treasury Ministers on the government’s overall approach to the welfare system, consistent with their wider objectives to support the most vulnerable while incentivising work and bearing down on public spending. This includes policy across the range of working-age benefits, including Universal Credit, tax credits, disability and incapacity benefits, Child Benefit and Housing Benefit.
  2. Lead the day-to-day spending relationship with DWP for the c£8bn per annum DEL budget. This includes leading spending negotiations with DWP for Spending Review settlements, for ad-hoc DWP-owned measures agreed in the context of fiscal events, and on in-year spending control.
  3. Lead on strategy towards the overall c£250bn welfare AME budget, working closely with DWP and HMRC to ensure there is a strong grasp on the key drivers of welfare spending the key risks on the horizon, and the key opportunities (including economic, operational and legislative) for managing and mitigating those risks.
  4. Play a leading role, working closely with HMT colleagues, on cross-cutting issues which impact on the benefits system, or where benefits might play a role, including childcare, health and disability, housing policy, cost-of-living policy, and the labour market.
  5. Build and maintain positive relationships with a range of partners, especially seniors across a range of DWP and HMRC functions (including finance, operational delivery, policy and analysis).
  6. Display strong leadership and people management skills with the ability to build and develop a diverse, inclusive and supportive WSR team.
  7. Be an active member of PTWP’s leadership, playing a key role in promoting a positive culture, improving wellbeing and engagement, and ensuring that PTWP is a supportive, stretching and fun place to work. You will be the DD lead on a specific area of the PTWP corporate agenda.
  8. Show a clear commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging, role modelling excellent behaviours at all times.

Person specification

Required Skills, Experience and Behaviours:

For your application, please send us a CV and a personal statement setting out how you meet the following skills, behaviours and experience. This should be no longer than 750 words, and include no more than 250 words on each criteria below:

  1. A strong track record of working in partnership with others, to shape their strategies and outputs, getting the balance right between support and constructive challenge.
  2. Experience of developing policy and strategy in a complex environment, underpinned by strong analysis and evidence, and alive to the wider context.
  3. Excellent leadership and management skills with a proven track record of leading diverse teams effectively, including through periods of uncertainty or high pressure. 

Candidate Guidance on Submitting your CV and Personal Statement

When completing your personal statement, ensure you provide strong and relevant examples that demonstrate the required behaviour, experience or technical skill through the criteria that has been defined. For each criterion, it is best to focus on one example that allows you to provide a detailed overview of the situation, the task that was required, the actions you took, and the result.

It is also beneficial to consider examples from a range of your previous roles within your personal statement as this will demonstrate that you have the skills, experience and behaviours we are looking for. We would also advise you to use examples that best meet the criteria, even if it is a few years old.

How to Structure your Answer

Please use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when writing your application answers.

  • Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in and what happened.
  • Task – The Hiring Manager will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation that you found yourself in.
  • Action – What actions did you take and how did you do it. Make sure to use “I”, not “we” to explain how your actions lead to a result.
  • Result – Use facts and statistics to demonstrate the results that your actions produced. Explain whether it was a successful outcome, and if not, what you learned from the experience.

Your CV should provide an overview of your job history, relevant qualifications and training, and previous skills and experience that demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Notes to Candidates

  • Please refer to the candidate FAQ document which is a link on the job advert – this will provide you with guidance on completing the application form. Please contact if you have any issue accessing this document
  • At HM Treasury, to maximise diversity and inclusion within our workforce, we operate a fair, open and merit-based recruitment process. This means that the sift panel will only be able to assess you on the evidence you have been asked to supply.
  • The personal statement will be an assessment of the required skills, experience and behaviours noted in the “Essential Criteria” section. When completing your personal statement, please only outline how you meet the requirements as detailed, this will give you the best chance to provide the evidence that the panel wants to assess. More guidance can be found here – completing your personal statement
  • Find out more about how the Civil Service assesses candidates and uses Success Profiles (opens in a new window)
  • Applications are not reviewed until the closing date has passed. You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as the recruitment panel has reviewed all the applications.

Candidate Guidance Support Session – Microsoft Teams

We will be running an overview of Success Profiles and the STAR approach; top tips for the application and interview process and an opportunity to ask general questions around our recruitment practices. If you would like to join us, then use the link below to join the call at the right time.

6th December 12:30 – 13:30: Click here to join the meeting

Candidate Drop-In Session – Microsoft Teams

We will be running a candidate drop-in session for this role to give you greater insight about the role as well as the chance to learn more about HM Treasury. If you would like to join us, then use the appropriate link below to join the call at the right time.

5th December 13:00 – 14:00: Click here to join the meeting


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
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