Head of DLUHC Spending and Strategy (Maternity Cover)

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 26/11/2023 23:55
London: £67,160 - £70,525 / National: £64,160 - £67,525
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Policy/ Research
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Employment Location:
This post can be based in Darlington or London
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Number of posts:
Closing date:
26 Nov
Further Information
This is a high-profile role with strong interest from senior ministers, including the Chief Secretary, Chancellor and Prime Minister.
About the Team

The Housing, Planning and Cities team are responsible for managing the spending for DLUHC (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities). This involves working with DLUHC on policies to accelerate housing building, make housing more affordable, and levelling up (reducing inequalities between different places in the UK). As well as DLUHC, we work closely with many other teams in HM Treasury, no10 and other Departments. We are responsible for over £10 billion of public spending each year, including housing, homelessness, planning reform, local economic growth and levelling up opportunity across the UK.
We are a friendly and inclusive team of around 25, we welcome people from all backgrounds and support flexible working patterns. This role is to head up one of our four branches. Come join us!
About the Job

You will lead on managing all DLUHC  spending, supporting and challenging the Department to live within budgets and deliver on high-profile commitments on building safety (cladding), levelling up and housing and homelessness.
Given the balance of managing both spending branch and leading on DLUHC strategy, this role offers an excellent opportunity to work across a breadth of policy and spending issues.
Your key accountabilities will include: 
  • Setting and articulating HM Treasury’s strategy for DLUHC spend, so we can be clear with Ministers on priorities.
  • Overall responsibility for c£10bn of spending; leading engagement with DLUHC on all aspects of their budget to ensure taxpayers money is spent appropriately, efficiently and delivers value for money.
  • Provide strategic policy and spending leadership on a variety of complex policy issues, including Building Safety and Afghan resettlement.
  • Fostering excellent relationships with senior partners in DLUHC; No 10; external housing and local growth specialists; local government; think tanks and private sector investors.
  • Strong and inclusive leadership and line management of a branch of 6, maintaining a professional, supportive environment. 
About You

The successful candidate will have:
  • The ability to lead on a wide, high-profile, fast-moving portfolio using strong analytical and policy skills, excellent judgement, and strategic thinking
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with a clear commitment to inclusion, development and support, and motivating a team that works on a diverse range of issues, and in a changing external environment.
  • The ability to build constructive relationships and work confidently with a wide range of senior and external partners, deploying strong personal influencing and negotiating skills. 
About Us

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, ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

Some of the Benefits our people love!
  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the King’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant). Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Generous parental and adoption leave packages
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of 27%
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
For more information about the Treasury, role, salary, benefits, who to contact and how to apply please follow the Apply link.    
If you need any reasonable adjustments to take part in the selection process, please tell us about this in your online application form, or speak to the recruitment team at hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk
Please note
This job is closed for applications.