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Senior Manager Evaluation Resourcing

Employer
OFQUAL
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
1 Nov 2021

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Sector
Education
Salary Band
Annual, £50,000 - £59,999
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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As England's independent regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments, Ofqual's job is to maintain standards, to make sure that qualifications accurately reflect the knowledge and skills that people have attained through a range of different learning methods.

Ofqual is a rewarding, dynamic place to work. Diversity and Inclusion is important to us. We actively encourage applications both from those within the Civil Service, and outside.

We particularly encourage applications from those of a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background and those with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at Ofqual at this level.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

We currently have an exciting Grade 7 vacancy in our Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQ) directorate for:
  • Senior Manager Evaluation Resourcing

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and driving forward an innovative programme of work to grow, manage and co-ordinate a pool of contractors who are experts in assessment theory and practice, and in specific vocational and technical subject areas.

You will bring direction to this area of work, identifying and solving problems to ensure that contractors provide the right additional capacity and specialist advice as needed across the organisation.

Key accountabilities to include, but is not limited to:
  • Create and drive forward a strategy to ensure Ofqual has sufficient access to external expertise to support its role in evaluating and assessing qualifications across the VTQ landscape, primarily working independently but identifying where issues need escalating for senior input
  • Manage current and future demands for external expertise through engaging with teams across the VTQ directorate, and develop a programme of work to ensure we identify and secure sufficient contractors in advance to meet those needs
  • Present recommendations and analysis at a strategic level to senior leaders within Ofqual, whilst also working autonomously to deliver your overall programme of work
  • Lead a virtual team to co-ordinate the deployment of contractors to support immediate demand within the VTQ directorate, including liaising with Commercial on procurement activities, and with other teams across Ofqual to manage any conflicting demands on contractor resource, and to help maximise value for money in our use of external expertise
  • Influence and engage external stakeholders, such as higher education institutions and professional bodies, to creatively promote opportunities to contract with Ofqual for provision of expert advice, including initiating contact with those organisations
  • Strategic engagement with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to explore how its Employer Directory can best support our demand for external expertise
  • Develop and oversee an induction programme for prospective contractors, to support them in providing services, and identify the key areas where they can best add value
  • Convene an internal steering group, reporting plans and progress to the group, and inviting challenge and steer
  • Act as 'voice of customer', engaging with Ofqual's Commercial function to shape procurement and contracting processes to meet operational needs
  • Work with Ofqual's Commercial function to gather feedback from contractors to improve how we work with them
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