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Deputy Director, Commercial and Estates

Posted: 18 Jun 2021 Closes: 4 Jul 2021
Location, UK £71,000 - £81,000
Permanent & Full-time hm-land-registry/20210618143154

HM Land Registry (HMLR) are looking to appoint a Deputy Director, Commercial & Estates. This key role will provide a joined-up leadership approach across two essential functions, and ensure we maximise the value from our contracts, buildings and equipment.

As Deputy Director, you will be responsible for driving the requisite culture change across the organisation, ensuring we have long-term estates and commercial strategies that are intrinsically aligned and respond to a rapidly challenging external environment.

You will apply sound judgement and provide advice at the most senior level on the risks and opportunities HMLR faces and the ways these can be addressed.

This is an excellent opportunity to work at senior leadership level and play a vital role in the design and implementation of HMLR's post-Covid ways of working.

Job description

In this pivotal role, you will lead two of the organisation’s key functions (Commercial and Estates), ensuring HM Land Registry (HMLR) delivers modern, fit for purpose, buildings, workplaces and outsourced goods and services, which support business objectives and drive value for money.

This is a real opportunity to be actively involved in shaping the future of HMLRs estate to meet emerging Future Ways of Working needs, leading on the refresh and delivery of HMLRs Workplace Strategy.

You will also be responsible for refreshing and implementing HMLR’s Commercial Strategy, working across HMLR to identify the optimum balance of inhouse and outsourced delivery needed to deliver HMLR’s next business strategy.

This will be a prominent role in HMLR and you will drive a culture of commercial best commercial practice across the organisation, enabling the organisation to adapt to changing external risks including Covid, EU Exit and regulatory and economic changes that may impact supply chains and HMLR services.

You will establish close, practical and influential relationships with senior external stakeholders including other Government Departments and key suppliers; and through those relationships, influence policy, regulatory change and service offerings, and resolve conflicts. You will collaborate with these stakeholders to influence common solutions to post-COVID ways of working.

Please see the attached candidate pack for more information.



To be successful in this role you will need experience of leading a Commercial function and/or an Estates & Facilities function, with knowledge and understanding of the other.

You will be adept at heading professional groups and building professional capability in line with organisational requirements

You will have demonstrable experience of advising and influencing senior stakeholders, including Board-level interactions, to resolve conflicts and you should be accomplished in the skills required to resolve complex legal and commercial issues or disputes

The ability to build relationships with and influencing stakeholders in other organisations is key, along with expertise in delivering value for money from services and contracts.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Relevant commercial qualification (MBA, MCIPS, Commercial ADC accreditation, or equivalent) OR relevant Estates or Facilities qualification eg RICS



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.

See our vetting charter.

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 skills, qualifications and work history.

You will then be asked to complete a 250 word technical box which should be used to demonstrate how you meet the essential technical criteria set out in the attached Candidate Pack

In the event of high volume of applications the technical criteria may be used as the lead sift criteria.

The Statement of Suitability section (in no more than 1000 words) should be used to outline your skills and experience for the role and detail how you meet the essential experience criteria listed in the Candidate Pack. You may wish to bullet point/list your statement to match the 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 exercise.

The blended interview will test the behaviours listed in the Candidate Pack, 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.

Candidates may refer to notes within their video interview but they should be used as a prompt only.

You should ensure you read the attached Candidate Pack fully before submitting an application.

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.

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.

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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 UK
  • 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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