International Policy Lead - EU and Bilateral

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Closing date
7 May 2021

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Technology & New Media
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We are looking for a motivated and proactive individual with excellent stakeholder management skills to help us deliver our domestic objectives through international engagement. This includes building good bilateral relationships with partner countries and taking steps to identify and proactively learn from international best practice so that we can compete internationally, remain ahead of the game in innovation and expertise and shape the global agenda on technology.

Due to the cross-cutting nature of the role, the successful candidate will develop and maintain a strong stakeholder network, including with the National Cyber Security Centre, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Cabinet Office, to ensure UK engagement remains aligned in this sometimes sensitive area, requiring intelligent consideration of cross-Whitehall risk.

The successful candidate will be a resilient and adaptable self-starter, with a collaborative way of working and comfortable working in a fast-paced, shifting, and complex environment.

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for bilateral engagement for the cyber security team. This will include:
-Leading engagement with domestic policy teams to ensure their international policy needs are met
-Developing and agreeing a set of bilateral engagement plans that deliver priorities of the team
-Coordinating the delivery of bilateral engagement plans and building good working relationships with key countries
-Working closely with the DCMS international and trade teams
-Leading key stakeholder relationships across Government and representing DCMS' interests at cross-Government meetings
-Supporting delivery of the DCMS international engagement strategy, to ensure that the UK's approach supports efforts to create international alignment
-Managing one Band B

Essential Requirements
-Experience in international policy and/or engagement;
-A proven track-record of managing a range of competing priorities and shifting timeframes;
-Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to draft effectively to a high standard an explain complex issues in readily understandable terms;
-Experience of building strong working relationships with a wide range of colleagues and external stakeholders;
-Proven ability to work independently and proactively, delivering a range of complex activity;
-Proven ability to pick up complex policy areas rapidly and a strong understanding of the wider policy sensitivities of the brief.

Desirable Skills
-Knowledge of cyber security or of the wider digital policy environment.
-Knowledge of the wider international environment.
-Effective use of project planning to lead a team working at pace.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
  • Communicating and Influencing


You'll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits:
Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time
26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years' service.
Exceptional contributory pension scheme
5 days of paid leave for L&D
3 days of paid volunteering
Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay
Occupational sick pay
Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, BAME, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women's Network.
Access to one of the world's largest learning and development platforms
Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy
Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more!

SCS T&C's will vary, please refer to the attached candidate information pack to find out more.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Application process

We encourage all candidates to apply for this role.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on 26th April 2021 via the CS Jobs portal.

-A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
-A Statement of Suitability (max 750 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
-Examples for the Behaviour: Communicating and Influencing (250 words)

At this stage, the panel, including the hiring manager, will assess your CV, Personal Statement and Experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the 'Person Specification' section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour: Communicating and Influencing.

The timeline later in this pack indicates the date by which decision is expected to be made, and all shortlisted candidates will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible thereafter.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service/Disclosure Scotland /Access NI on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

Any move to DCMS will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

A reserve list will be held for 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment. A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years' UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Interviews are held remotely and successful candidates get to experience our bespoke remote on-boarding process. Although initially remotely, the role will be based at the location stated in this advert.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the "Contact point for applicants"; section.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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