Intermediaries Senior Executive Officer - T-levels Implementation

Department for Education
14 Jul 2018
26 Jul 2018
Job Type
Contract Type

To manage, develop and provide a first class customer facing service to employers by working with a range of stakeholders (work placement brokers, FE colleges, training providers, LEP's and LA's) to facilitate the development of high quality work placements within the defined geographical area - work placements that are key to the successful introduction of the T-level programme in 2022.

There are any number of organisations active across the country that work with employers to develop and provide valuable work experience placements for young people. The key responsibility of the post holder will be to assist the senior manager in working closely with these organisations, in ensuring supply meets demand and to manage the mapping, development and enhancement upon of existing services and to make recommendations with the required organisations in order to develop any new provision that is required.

The post holder will manage all contract and procurement requirements for any funding solutions that develop throughout the implementation.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Manage business development activity within the defined geographical area and play an active role assisting the senior manager in building and developing a portfolio of relevant stakeholders who can directly support employers with the creation of suitable, high quality work placements for students undertaking a T-level.

2. Ensure supply meets demand by analysing and interpreting management information to support the development of relevant provision of the work placement offer in the defined geographical area and support the decision making process with regards interventions.

3. Effectively manage the contract/procurement processes involved in administering any funding solutions available to support implementation, monitoring the use of funds, making recommendations and intervening where necessary.

4. Providing relevant stakeholders, including employers with expert advice and skills consultancy on T-levels, so they understand how they are placed in the wider skills landscape and complement other provision. This particularly applies to apprenticeships, which all staff in being part of the National Apprenticeship Service retain responsibility for the promotion and development of at every opportunity.

5. Managing the risks related to T-level implementation and assisting the senior manager in providing solutions when required.

6. Ensure CRM records are accurate and up to date for your portfolio.

Job Criteria: (i.e. key competencies from Competency Framework):

Seeing the big picture - Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs and the national interest. For all staff, it is about focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet Civil Service goals and deliver the greatest value. For leaders, it is about scanning the political context and taking account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation strategies that maximise opportunities to add value to the citizen and support economic, sustainable growth.

Leading and communicating - At all levels, effectiveness in this area is about showing our pride and passion for public service, communicating purpose and direction with clarity, integrity, and enthusiasm. It's about championing difference and external experience, and supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all. For leaders, it is about being visible, establishing a strong direction and persuasive future vision; managing and engaging with people in a a straightforward, truthful, and candid way.

Collaborating and partnering - People skilled in this area are team players. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information appropriately and building supportive, trusting and professional relationships with colleagues and a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions. For senior leaders, it's about being approachable, delivering business objectives through creating an inclusive environment, welcoming challenge however uncomfortable.

Making effective decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice. For all staff it's being careful and thoughtful about the use and protection of government and public information to ensure it is handled securely and with care. For leaders it's about reaching evidence based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions and creating a security culture around the handling information. They will aim to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing a range of considerations to provide sustainable outcomes.

Job Related Professional Knowledge and Skills: (not mandatory)

Excellent relationship management skills
Good project management skills and able to deliver to tight deadlines
Good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
Strong analytical and research skills and are able to use evidence to support decision making .
Strong influencing and negotiating skills
Excellent knowledge of T-levels, their development and implementation
Desirable - Good working knowledge of DfE requirements for contracting and procurement
Desirable - Good knowledge of the wider skills landscape including apprenticeships/traineeships

Additional details

The post holder will be required to travel across the defined geographical area when necessary.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

An initial sift based on competency 1 "Seeing the Big Picture" may be held if a large number of applications are received.

If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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