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Policy Team Leader

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 26th March 2024


Job summary

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.  

Are you looking for a high-profile role that offers you exposure to a wide range of senior stakeholders?

Do you have excellent drafting skills and can communicate complex information confidently?

Would you like to work in an environment where every day brings a new challenge or opportunity?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

This is an exciting, fast paced, and varied role where your work can have real impact.  You will be leading a small team and managing the provision of policy advice, the development of existing policies and managing policy change.

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals who have a keen interest in legislation to join our team, someone who can help shape and deliver on policy development to tight timescales whilst managing conflicting priorities. The  work involves bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, so we want candidates that can consider all points of view and can proactively engage with stakeholders. You should have the confidence to challenge where appropriate and will understand the importance of gaining clarity on issues in order to provide clear policy advice.

The successful candidates will lead on a range of dynamic work streams and will also collaborate regularly with senior stakeholders across the Strategy and Policy Directorate and other areas of the agency, including Executive Team members, as well as working closely with officials in DfT and liaising with Ministerial Private Offices.

This exposure provides the opportunity to build diverse relationships across government, growing your professional network and gaining invaluable experience.

You will manage a team and will have direct line management responsibility for 2-3 people. This is a great opportunity to develop line management skills if you have not previously worked as a line manager and we will support you with any training needs you may require in relation to this.


Your responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Providing strategic policy support on operational issues to DVLA, DfT and other Motoring Agencies. Provide advice and information to internal and external parties including other Government Departments and Ministers, ensuring compliance with legal framework and policy objectives.
  • Proactively reviewing policies and legislation utilising information from available sources (stakeholders, customers, operational areas, Customer Focus Group, data analysis Ministers and MPs) to ensure that policies are informed, evidence based and achievable.
  • Managing the drafting and clearance of Ministerial and other official correspondence, submissions and briefings for senior officials, Ministers and other Government Departments. Provide appropriate representation of the Agency or Department at meetings or events.
  • Developing and influence evidence based policy through, stakeholder engagement and consultation. Effective use of available resources and adherence to appropriate Agency or Governmental policies and practices for legislative and spend approvals. Effectively influencing implementation, considering deregulatory measures to minimise the burden of change on customers, stakeholders and industry.
  • Encouraging change and efficiency ensuring all are aware of and agree to Government, Departmental and Agency strategies with a focus on enabling digital services.

For further information about the role please see the attached role profile.

Additional Information 

Applications will be accepted from full time/job sharers. Full time roles at DVLA consist of 37 hours per week. Flexible working may also be available subject to the needs of the business. If you have a flexible or part time working requirement, you should contact the vacancy holder in advance of making an application to avoid possible disappointment later in the process should your desired working arrangements not be compatible with the requirements of the role. To contact the vacancy holder, please use the job contact details listed under ‘Contact point for applicants’.

This role will be based in Swansea, and we will be operating a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and on-site giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work, subject to business needs and this also allows for ongoing support, development, and collaboration with colleagues.

Therefore, the expectation is that you will spend a minimum of 60% of your working time based at your principal workplace (DVLA). We would encourage you to discuss the working arrangements for this role with us during the recruitment process.

There may be occasional requirement to travel within the UK and Europe, with possible overnight stays, however full notice will be provided in advance.

Person specification

We are looking for candidates who have political awareness with exceptional drafting skills and outstanding written and verbal communication skills. You will possess relationship management experience with the ability to effectively engage with senior partners.

You will be able to see the big picture and able to review data to make reasonable conclusions and decisions, providing a strong understanding of how departmental strategies fit.

It is important that you are organised, have great attention to detail and are experienced at working to tight deadlines, with the skills to efficiently balance multiple priorities. You are someone who is resilient, can work calmly under pressure and thrives leading a diverse and exciting workload.

We strive to ensure that DVLA is a great place to work where everybody can be their true self, be treated with dignity and respect, and according to their individual needs. We have a number of staff network groups run by staff to support their colleagues.

Due to the evolving nature of the business, vacancies can become available at any time. Therefore, this campaign may create a reserve list to fulfil demand if it arises which will be held for a period of 12 months.

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