Non-Executive Member for Workplace Transformation Board – Department for Work and Pensions

Body: Department for Work and Pensions
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Available for travel predominantly London or Leeds (for meetings), with potential occasional travel in the UK. Meetings are currently being undertaken virtually.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Approximately 20 days (per annum), including board meetings. This role is a 3-year tenure

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/08/2022 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift

    W/C 5th September

  • Final Interview Date

    21st and 22nd September

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is seeking applications for a Non-Executive Member (NEM) for the Workplace Transformation Board. The department is particularly looking for applicants with a background in Estates. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the Department’s Estate Portfolio and enhance the customer experience.

The DWP estate and infrastructure is a critical enabler to the delivery of core services, providing the working environments for dedicated colleagues to deliver services to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.  DWP occupies 20% of the Government’s civil estate. As the way we work changes and the way we deliver services evolves, we must evaluate the estates portfolio, to drive down costs and deliver public value.

Organisational, cultural, digital and estate changes will alter the interaction of our people with their workplace. The design, footprint and location of our estate, will result in fewer and better-quality buildings. Investment in the condition and future sustainability of our estate will support the Government’s commitments on sustainability, Net Zero Carbon, Places for Growth, more flexible ways of working and to deliver on the Department’s obligations to fully embed Smarter Working and achieve PAS3000 standards.

The key activities of the department are to:

  • Provide an overarching strategy that pulls together the threads of all Departmental and Government strategies impacting on the workplace, including sustainability, Places for Growth, the Union Strategy, and the Levelling Up agenda.
  • A Network Design to determine which buildings we will retain, merge, or divest between now and 2028.
  • Full delivery of the agreed Network Design in defined stages, starting with our back of house estate.
  • A defined set of ‘design standards’ for those buildings that we retain or acquire, ensuring that the look and feel of all of our buildings is consistent, and the subsequent refurbishment of our buildings adhere to those standards.
  • Building on the introduction of hybrid working, the adoption of Smarter Working and achievement of PAS3000 accreditation by June 2022.
  • As part of the department’s Covid-19 response and recovery, delivery of all enablers for return to the workplace.
  • Production of robust business case to secure financial approval through Departmental governance, IPA and HMT.
  • Critical supporting communications and people engagement activities.
  • Smarter working and using property as a catalyst for change within the department
  • Take full advantage of portfolio flexibility, through planning for the longer term now and ensuring capability remains in place.
  • Focus on controlling costs and making decisions considering wider departmental affordability rather than on a case by case basis
  • Ensuring property decisions are embedded fully within standard business planning cycles.


The Role of a Non-Executive Member

This is a critical time for the Department as it continues to face challenges during the Covid-19 outbreak. Managing the doubling of Universal Credit claimants with increasing unemployment, while helping people to be ready to get back into work. At the same time, work is ongoing on continuous improvement of other existing operations.

NEMs provide advice and bring an external perspective to the business of government.  They will sit on Workplace Transformation Programme Board chaired by Andrew Goodman and bring independent oversight, support and constructive challenge to the Programme Board and through expert influence and advice. Non-Executives may also be involved in working groups or offer advice and support to individual Directors and senior officials in addition to ad hoc pieces of work across the Department.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide independent views and challenge to the Programme Board and senior Leaders in Estates.
  • To provide independent views and challenge of the Estates Strategy.
  • To share best practice and provide advice to board members on managing the estates portfolio for a large, diverse workforce whilst delivering transformed services.
  • Advise on cross-government initiatives and policies.
  • To work with members and their offices to continue to improve the performance of the Department regarding estates.
  • To work closely with the Director General, People, Capability and Place as a source of different perspective.


Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience for this Non-Executive roles:

  • Proven senior leadership in the private, public or voluntary sectors, with main board-level experience as an executive or non-executive;
  • An experienced senior leader with proven success leading in corporate real estate or property management organisations.
  • Experience at Executive Team level in a large complex organisation with transferable knowledge relevant to the scale and functions of DWP, in functions covering Estates and Workplace Transformation; experience regarding relationships with trustees would be desirable
  • Strategic thinker with sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues)
  • An engaging, collaborative working style, able to adapt to a wide range of political and non-political partners;


How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter to


by 00:00 am on the 29th of August 2022.

late applications will not be accepted.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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