DASA Assessor Manager

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London, Portsmouth, Salisbury

About the job

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) finds and funds exploitable innovations to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. Our vision is for the UK to maintain its strategic advantage over its adversaries through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Operations team as the DASA Assessor Manager. The DASA Operations team are responsible for delivery of a range of funding competitions for Government customers including the Open Call for Innovation and Themed Competitions. All DASA funding competitions require expert assessment from a range of assessors from across government. The Assessor Manager holds responsibility for managing the relationships with all our assessors and increasing the number of assessors who are fully trained and ready to complete assessments. They will also work with Government customers to raise awareness of DASA assessment opportunities and identify individuals who have sufficient expertise to assess the desirability, feasibility or viability of potential innovation projects. You will be supported by the other DASA staff, including Operations, Partnerships and Impact, Outreach and Shared Services, to develop an appropriate strategy for building our assessor pool and ensuring the continued improvement of assessment processes.

Job description

In this role you will:
• Design and deliver an assessor awareness and engagement strategy.
• Undertake engagement with, and management of, defence and security customers and stakeholders relevant to your tasks.
• Manage delivery of the overall assessor service from bringing in new assessors and improving the assessment process and guidance to ensuring appropriate monitoring and reporting.
• Work with the Operations Team to identify gaps in the assessor pool for new competitions and establish routes to build the assessor pool and fill the gaps.
• Work with our Partnerships & Impacts team to identify assessors across defence and security and deliver training sessions as required.
• Work with our Support Services team to ensure events, communications and analytics are integrated in to the assessor strategy.
• Work at pace and to tight deadlines to achieve what is required of this role, whilst maintaining close, trusting relationships with those you work with.


We are looking for someone who has:
• People skills: to develop good working relationships with our assessors; to understand the needs of those individuals and groups across our assessor network; and to help them to get the most out of their engagement with DASA.
• A passion for innovation: an ability to spot areas of mutual interest across customers in order to build our assessor pool and avoid duplication of effort.
• Organisational skills, leaderships skills and enthusiasm: to develop and deliver a strategy for assessor awareness and engagement.
• Communication skills: to deliver assessor awareness presentations at events and on webinars; to develop publishable content for our website; to provide clear and defendable guidance and feedback such as assessor guidance and training; to brief the Delivery Leads, Senior Management Team and key stakeholders.
• The ability to balance the delivery of a longer term assessor awareness strategy with the ability to react to quick-turnaround challenges; for example assessors having issues with delivering assessments.
• Good reflective and creative skills to suggest improvements to current processes and contribute to the development of novel service offerings.
• The ability to be a team player and contribute to the development of the team including the directing and mentoring others when required. 

• Experience of working with a wide range of internal and external customers / stakeholders.
• Evidence of working effectively within a team.
• Experience of influencing others across organisational boundaries to achieve successful outcomes
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to a range of audiences from internal technical audiences through to senior government stakeholders
• Experience of working to deadlines and prioritising tasks.
• Experience and knowledge of UK Government organisations and their responsibilities.
• Inspiring small teams, challenging norms and developing a dynamic operational culture.
• Management of projects and complex tasks, and delivery to time, cost and quality.
• Supervision of others (including tasking, delegating and providing guidance). 

• Knowledge of the UK defence and security environment.
• Experience of running science and technology funding competitions and/or events
• Experience of working within the UK research and innovation ecosystem
• Experience managing people
• Experience managing projects

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Seeing the Big Picture
Managing a Quality Service
Making Effective Decisions
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing

Working Together


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay
• Chartership and accreditation support
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out. 

Our Diversity Networks 
Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work. 

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network 

Please note that Dstl will be contacting individuals via email and you should check your junk mail folder regularly. Any attachments may not be available via smart phone or tablet views. 

If you are applying for this position as a Job Share please indicate if you have a partner who is also applying for this vacancy and if you are successful but they are not if you would still consider the role.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 

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.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Following the sift process, successful candidates will be invited for a one hour combined behavioural and experience based interview. Details of assessments and instructions for your interview will be sent to you via email. Please be aware that due to the current nationwide restrictions on travel and public gatherings and to ensure your safety, these interviews will likely be taking place through video interview. Should this change we will notify candidates who are selected for interview. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to our status as a “Reserve Post” organisation, Dstl vacancies are open to candidates who only hold UK nationality. 

If you hold Dual Nationality, i.e. have the right to abode, have citizenship or hold a passport/national identity card for another country outside the UK – you will not be eligible for this role. 

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered. 

Equal Opportunities 
At Dstl we are committed to inclusivity and diversity within our workforce. During the application process we collect information to help us monitor this. It helps us better-understand our incoming workforce, as well as highlighting areas of improvement. 

The information we request will not be used to make a decision about your application - no applicant or employee will ever be seen as more or less favourable based on disability, gender, martial or civil partnership status, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion/belief.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.
This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

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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Further information
Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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