HR Specialist – Wellbeing and Attendance

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Job Description

As a HR Specialist (Wellbeing and Attendance), you will design, develop and deliver various policies, strategies and interventions to support DVSA’s strategic and business objectives in order to improve overall organisational effectiveness.

The successful candidate will be a subject matter expert on Wellbeing & Attendance within a HR Expert Services Function, providing specialist advice and guidance at a challenging yet rewarding time to support the Agency through unprecedented times.

This role maintains and develops our positive working relationships across the Department of Transport (DfT) Agencies and wider Civil Service in sharing Attendance and Wellbeing best practice. Working with Departmental leads you will ensure that HR policies and processes are effective for the DVSA.

• Own the development and implementation of long and short-term attendance and wellbeing initiatives, working with Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs). Health and Safety (H&S), and business leads to ensure successful delivery into the business.

• Be responsible for the continued development and implementation of the Wellbeing Strategy.

• Analysis and interpretation of both attendance management information, and intelligence from HRBPs to provide recommendations and solutions to address identified areas of concern.

• Review the success of new and existing interventions by regularly measuring and analysing the impact, making decisions and recommendations to adapt and alter initiatives and processes as necessary.

• Ensure that reporting to both DfT and the DVSA Board meets their needs and provides assurance around actions and progress towards achieving attendance targets.

• Review existing HR policies, procedures and processes to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the business, recommending and implementing change where necessary.

• Develop employment policies for all staff which supports the Agency’s attendance and wellbeing agenda.

• Work with DfT to ensure that all relevant HR policies and processes are effective for DVSA. To speak as the voice of DVSA with regards to HR policies
and processes.

• Collaborate with Internal Communications teams to deliver a comprehensive wellbeing communications programme

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile.

About you

We are looking for someone with experience of providing strong inclusive leadership, who is able to engage, challenge, influence and work across boundaries to deliver DVSA’s wellbeing and attendance ambitions.

You are highly experienced and knowledgeable in wellbeing and attendance, along with other HR policies and processes.

You show resilience when faced with challenges and encourage your team to raise their standards for the good of the business.

Embracing change comes naturally to you and you are quick to react in a fast-evolving environment.

About Us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We’re an innovative organisation that values professional expertise. We invest in our people and champion inclusive and diverse teams. And we make sure colleagues have the skills to meet the needs of Britain’s road users.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

Diversity: Our vision is to support and develop everyone who chooses to work for us. We care deeply about diversity and equality. And we create a positive culture that’s friendly, welcoming, respectful and full of opportunities for professional and personal development.

Qualified to Associate Member Level of CIPD OR hold a Human Resources qualification (e.g. Level 5 Diploma, Degree/Masters) OR have a willingness to work towards.

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

To learn more about life as an employee of the DVSA visit our Careers website.

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 and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

Please tailor your personal statement to evidence the following :

• Experience of developing and implementing wellbeing/attendance strategies to drive organisational performance.

• Experience of developing and implementing people policies and procedures to drive organisational improvement.

• Experience of advising, coaching and supporting managers on HR policies and processes to enable compliance.

The sift is due to take place from 1st December 2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from w/c 14th December 2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We’ll try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.

We’ve designed the selection process specifically for this role. So your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful.

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
You can read more about Success Profiles here visit our Careers website.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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.

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 : Bethan Attwell
Email :

Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

Role Profile – HR Specialist Opens in new window(docx, 873kB)
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Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)