Head of Behavioural Science

Job Title: Head of Behavioural Science
Contract Type: Flexible
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: £71,000 - £80,000
Job Published: February 22, 2021 16:28

Job Description

Head of Behavioural Science

Department for Work and Pensions

£71,000 - £80,000

Permanent (flexible working, full-time, job share and part-time available)


About what we do:

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for policies that affect millions of people across the UK from childhood and young people getting their first jobs through to parents and older generations. Our work has grown significantly through the Covid-19 pandemic and covers critical projects including the Plan for Jobs, Kickstart, support for disadvantaged groups, support for people with disabilities and the Health Transformation Programme (HTP).

Because of our size and responsibilities, we have relationships with almost every other government department and an impressive breadth of opportunities for you to build a career with us and the wider Civil Service.

About the role

You’ll lead a specialist team of 15-20 behavioural scientists, promoting an outstanding behavioural science service across the DWP and Whitehall.

You’ll also set the vision and overall strategy for behavioural science together with our PPALB director, identifying where the service can be deployed to tackle policy delivery problems and make a significant contribution to our wider departmental and government goals.

You’ll build useful, collaborative relationships within the DWP and across the Civil Service, including the Executive Team and ministers. As part of this, you’ll be a thought leader on behavioural science and make sure your service is aligned with other professions and functions, e.g. social research.

More broadly, you’ll play a key role in creating a positive, innovative team culture where challenging established approaches and creative problem solving are encouraged and celebrated.

About our requirements

You’ll need a PhD in social or cognitive psychology, cognitive decision sciences, cognitive science or a similar discipline.

You’ll also need significant experience of applying behavioural thinking to solve public policy and process design problems, developing new methods where traditional behavioural science falls short. A strong understanding of the delivery and development of government policy is important.

You’ll have a track record as a thought leader in behavioural science, together with strong leadership skills to enable your team to learn and thrive. Influencing skills and strong stakeholder management skills are essential.

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

About our benefits

At the DWP, you’ll be part of a diverse, welcoming culture, with access to tailored learning and development programmes as well as excellent mentors and coaches. As for other benefits, you’ll be able to take advantage of flexible working options, generous annual leave, a Civil Service pension, staff bonuses and recognition, childcare support and an employee assistance programme.

Closing date: Monday 8th March 2021.