Chief of Staff for Government Property Agency CEO - #459423

Government Property Agency

Date: Jun 23, 2022
City: Birmingham
Salary: £60,500 - £65,308 / year
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
Government Property Agency


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£60,500 - £65,308


Grade 6

GPA Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

GPA - Chief Operating Office

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Business Management and Improvement

Operational Delivery


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts




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About the job


The Chief of Staff is a pivotal and demanding role, which leads the GPA’s CEO Private Office, providing direct high quality strategic and policy advice to the CEO and his Executive Director team, to enable them to make timely and well-informed decisions

Job description

The Chief of Staff will act as a trusted adviser whilst managing the interface between the CEO, Executive Director team, GPA Board members and key stakeholders, including Ministers' offices and senior officials including the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, departmental Chief Operating Officers, the wider Agency, and others including local authorities and senior leaders in industry.

This is a fast paced, varied and challenging role, and will give the postholder an insight into the whole of the Government Property Agency, the machinery of central government and the property management/construction industry. The post holder will be required to be proactive and build strong working relationships across GPA, the wider Civil Service and industry.

As the CEO’s Chief Of Staff, specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following activities:


  • Drive GPA strategy and CEO's priorities across GPA, including with the Executive Team and senior staff to ensure delivery.

  • Engage proactively with senior stakeholders across government and in industry on behalf of the CEO to take forward the GPA's agenda.


  • The identification and management of cross-cutting issues, including supporting policy/business management functions when needed.

  • Oversight of sensitive cases, and proactively briefing senior leaders on emerging issues.

- Decision maker for day to day CEO logistics - answering queries and taking ownership of routine matters for the CEO to allow the office to progress diary and logistical tasks.

  • Supporting the CEO in managing routine email correspondence.

Communication and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Close collaboration with key stakeholders including ministerial and permanent secretary offices, sponsors and other across the wider civil service.

  • Convey messages clearly and engage with a diverse set of senior stakeholders to ensure the CEO's priorities are met.

  • Developing high quality sensitive briefings, presentations, press lines and correspondence including submissions to Ministers / Permanent Secretaries, top level Civil Service board meetings and GPA Board members on behalf of the CEO.

  • Development of communication products on behalf of CEO, eg. Speeches,letters, presentations, reports. Quality assurance of other documents also required.

Leadership and Management

  • Lead on the day to day management of the CEO's Private Offices (overall line management responsibility for 2 (1 x HEO 1 x EO.)

  • Understanding, articulating and driving forward GPA priorities through collaborating and supporting GPA directors across the wider remit to deliver those priorities.

  • Proactively identifying and getting to the heart of challenging issues (that may have multiple dimensions including property, policy, operational, people or technology) and quickly develop innovative strategies/solutions, working closely with key stakeholders.

  • Driving solutions through to a successful conclusion.


Person Specification:

  • Friendly and approachable;

  • Self starter / proactive;

  • Ability to operate at a high level of autonomy;

  • Ability to manage uncertainty and ambiguity;

  • Credibility with senior stakeholders;

  • Tenacity;

  • Personal resilience.

The postholder will be required to regularly attend the Birmingham office to provide face-to-face support to the CEO


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing

  • Managing a Quality Service

  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Commercial Acumen

  • Property Market Knowledge

  • Innovation

  • Customer Perspective


  • Learning and development tailored to your role

  • An environment with flexible working options

  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

  • A Civil Service pension

  • Generous annual leave

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check

See our vetting charter

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills

Application process

Please submit your CV and Statement of Suitability (Max 750 words). Please use the Statement of Suitability to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Sift - W/C 04/07/22

Interviews - W/C 18/07/22

Please note, the above dates are indicative only at this stage and are therefore, subject to change.

The interview will be a blend of behaviours, strengths, experience and technical (core skills) questions. The GPA core skills document is attached.

Candidates who are successful at interview will be invited to meet the CEO at a final stage interview.

Further Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to GPA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals

  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland

  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service

  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service

  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy

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Further information

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