Head of Strategy Development and Governance – G6

Job Description

You will help HM Land Registry define the value we add to the wider economy, social impact and environment by producing strategy reports and proposals, pulling together the work of the others in the Unit into proposals that meet the brief set by the Deputy Director on behalf of the Board.

You will consult and negotiate with other government departments to agree common ground on strategic directions and potential initiatives.

You will establish and chair a ‘Cohesion’ group across HM Land Registry Directorates to ensure alignment in approach to and understanding of strategy, working collaboratively with other leaders in the Unit and the Deputy Director to help inform the Board by collectively shaping thinking around strategic plans, hypothesising and shaping proposals from all available information to help realise the boards ambitions.

You will be responsible for the long-term strategic plan and ‘story board’ products and vision.

You will create and develop a system that allows for a controlled and comprehensive approach to strategy development within HM Land Registry and be responsible for evolving its professionalism and maturity.

You will lead other senior managers towards strategic thinking and maintain governance around the approach, with a focus on aggregate benefits and connection to outcomes.

You will own the overall strategic definition of what ‘value’ means to HM Land Registry and ensure this connects to our performance management of outcomes and services.

You will lead the Strategy Test Lab (a team of people that develop and test strategic options and plans) and ensure support for the Strategy Unit is resourced, equipped and capable to deliver; re-setting priorities where necessary by delivery oversight., and represent the Deputy Director of Strategy when required, taking the lead with the Board and critical external stakeholders on the content/narrative surrounding the long-term plan and vision.


You will have strong experience of creating or facilitating strategy development and/or embedding this in an organisation, along with demonstrable experience of involvement in developing options and influencing direction at the organisational level of a major programme, strategy or policy.

You will have a proven track record of collaborating and building trusted relationships and delivering outline agreement/direction with partner organisations or organisations affected by/linked to success.

You will be able to network effectively at all levels and influence without direct management oversight and demonstrate effective influencing skills at a senior level.

You will be a good communicator, with strong presentation skills and the ability to contribute to executive-level discussion. You will possess excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare briefs and submissions on a regular basis. You will be adept at articulating potentially ambiguous / future-leaning concepts in a coherent and articulate manner.

You will have previous line management experience.

You will hold a relevant qualification such as a degree related to policy, strategy or management or equivalent experience; or experience of leading a delivery or functional specialism at a strategic level, including leading the strategy definition and management of that delivery/functional specialism.

For more information please see the attached candidate pack.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Qualifications or relevant technical experience


A great place to work

HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

Where difference is celebrated

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan.

Please click here for further information on our rewards package:
Working for HM Land Registry

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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.
Please copy and paste your CV onto the online application form, detailing your qualifications and work history and complete the 250 word technical box to show how you meet the essential criteria – technical.

The Statement of Suitability section (in no more than 1000 words) should be used to outline your skills and experience for the role and provide details of how you meet the essential criteria.

The sift will take place shortly after the closing date. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual, blended interview and a pre-prepared presentation.

The blended interview will test the behaviours listed in the above job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.
If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.
Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

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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 UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under 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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Terry Robertson
Email : terry.robertson@landregistry.gov.uk

Recruitment team :
Email : hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/making-complaint/


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