Director, Chief Scientific Adviser

Location
London
Salary
Up to £120,000
Posted
14 May 2018
Closes
11 Jun 2018
Sector
Industrial
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
Director, Chief Scientific Adviser 
Up to £120,000 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area. We lead on behalf of Government in the following areas: 

  • Driving up housing supply
  • Increasing home ownership
  • Devolving powers and budgets to boost local growth in England
  • Supporting strong communities with excellent public services

MHCLG is at the heart of the Government’s overall social and economic reform programme. Our agenda has grown in size and significance and we now have ambitious new plans for housing delivery, new Green Papers on integration and social housing and a final industrial strategy focused on place. Work is also well underway to develop a three year business plan that will set out what we need to do, the resources we need to deliver and how we will work most effectively. 

We are now seeking a Chief Scientific Advisor to join our senior leadership team. 

The role 

  • Advise Ministers, the Executive Team and Directors on developments and future thinking in housing and building engineering, and building safety work. 
  • Following the post-Grenfell Tower Hackitt Review recommendations, help MHCLG with systems thinking, supply advice to other departments as a cross-cutting service as necessary. 
  • Lead and develop the Ministry’s science and engineering capabilities, alongside other MHCLG Heads of Profession. 
  • Acting as an internal champion of evidence-based policy making, as part of our Great Policy Making project. 

The candidate 

  • A senior engineer, scientist or technologist, with expertise or experience in socio-technical issues and systems thinking. He or she will have credibility in their sector, with a clear interest in public policy making, with strong links to academic and sector/supply chain networks in the UK and internationally. 
  • Have the knowledge and skills to draw on the experience of professional and academic communities to make a real difference to MHCLG’s work. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and influencing skills and an ability to operate sensitively and effectively in a government and political environment. 
  • Be a strong inclusive leader, able to operate successfully as part of the MHCLG’s senior leadership team, role modelling our leadership behaviours. 

For full details on the role, please visit www.odgers.com/67171  

Closing date: 23.59 on 8th June 2018

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