About the job
We have restructured the organisation to enable greater efficiency and to provide better value to our customers. Consequently, we have created a new position: Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting to the Chief Executive. This is a tremendously exciting time to join Dstl; the organisation is undergoing significant transformation and is continually adapting to anticipate existing and new threats, both physical and virtual.
Develop and deliver the operational strategy for Dstl;
Lead a large and diverse operational unit, accountable for facilities, IT, health & safety and security;
Ensure the organisation is safe, secure and compliant across a complex and multi-faceted estate in a unique high-hazard environment;
Manage and deliver a number of complex transformation programmes;
Manage key strategic Supply Partners and IT Service Delivery;
Define and present appropriate investment decisions and business cases to central government;
Drive commercial efficiencies and value across the organisation.
The candidate must have:
An inspirational, collaborative and empowering leadership style; having managed a diverse workforce of 400+ staff, across IT, risk, health & safety and security;
A successful track record of managing large and complex transformation and continuous improvement programmes across a multiple facility footprint over several locations;
A public or private sector background, in a science and/or engineering led environment, preferably high-hazard; operating as a COO, Operations Director, General Manager or equivalent;
Managed third party suppliers and a multi-dimensional supply chain; leading commercial and contractual negotiations driving optimum value;
Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills; ability to build and sustain strong senior relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at the most senior level;
Experience of government procurement and commercial processes.
The successful candidate with be a British citizen and will hold or be willing to obtain security clearance to Developed Vetting (DV) clearance level before taking up post.
Some national and international travel will be required.