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Senior Asset Manager

Posted: 31 May 2019 Closes: 18 Jun 2019
London, National £46,612 (National), £51,258 (London) - £54,320 (National) £59,740 (London)
Flexible defra/20190531153950

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Asset Manager to be responsible for IT Assets across our 23,000 employees.

Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink. 

Our Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) Function is currently undertaking a once in a generation Transformation. We are currently recruiting for a Senior Asset Manager to be responsible for IT Assets across our 23,000 employees. 

The Senior Asset Manager is responsible for the life-cycle management of IT Assets throughout the organisation. Included in this responsibility are development and maintenance of policies, standards, processes, systems and measurements that enable the organisation to manage the IT Asset Portfolio with respect to risk, cost, control, IT governance, compliance and business performance objectives as established by the business. This includes responsibility for the registration, monitoring and managing the use of proprietary IT assets. Integration of all suppliers involved in the asset management process, and assurance of the quality of supplier asset management work, are also part of this role. 

Key activities of the Asset Manager are: 

• Creation, maintenance, operation, governance and improvement of the Service Asset Management governance framework and asset management processes. 

• Integrate, co-ordinate and govern suppliers across Service Asset Management. 

• Assurance of supplier work across Service Asset Management. 

• Assure Software compliance with contractual / licence obligations and entitlements. 

• Agree ITSM asset record structure and lifecycle with Configuration Manager. 

• Integrate and assure supplier work. 

• Check inventory for available Hardware / Software. 

• Validate available Hardware / Software with Requestor. 

• Assign available Hardware / Software asset to new owner. 

• Create asset record and maintain asset record. 

• Make use of discovery tools to complete inventory of hardware/software assets, where relevant. 

• Define procedure to inventory Hardware / Software. 

• Assess Hardware / Software inventory report for accuracy. 

• Report data into Hardware / Software repository. 

• Assess changes and determine impact. 

• Update Hardware / Software Repository. 

• Manage Hardware / Software request / recovery / removal process. 

• Retain equipment until lease allows return. 

• Review Hardware / Software ownership.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • Asset Management in a Multi-Supplier environment.
  • Software Entitlement and Compliance Risk management.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


The benefits of working for Defra 

Equality Diversity and Inclusion: 

We have many strong and pro-active staff Networks that cover a broad range of requirements including Mental Health and Disability. We also have a range of Special leave policies for hospital appointments and a commitment to putting reasonable adjustments in place for those who need them. 

The department also places significant emphasis on talent programmes which help everyone to achieve their full potential. 

The Civil Service as a whole is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimization. There is a range of support in place to help and support those that may be experiencing difficulties including the Bullying and Harassment network and Mediation services. 


Your pension is a valuable part of your total reward package. 

Defra invests in providing a contribution to the cost of your pension (contribution rates vary between 20.0% and 24.5%, dependent upon salary). 

The contributions you make are deducted from your salary before tax is taken. 

Generous Annual Leave and Bank Holiday Allowance: 

Defra offers 25 days annual leave (rising, over 5 years, to 30 days) for full time new entrants to the Civil Service. Employees receive 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s Birthday. 

Staff Bonuses and Staff Recognition:

We offer end of year Performance Awards (to our top performers). We also have a Staff Recognition Scheme, to reward exemplary work. 

Learning and Development: 

All new employees joining (and returning) to Defra will have an induction to the department, our work and policies. You will have access to a broad range of learning and development opportunities with world class providers.

Mentoring and Coaching: 

Mentoring is an effective means of developing your career, boosting your confidence and empowering both the mentor and mentee. All our employees have the opportunity to voluntarily engage and work with a Mentor or a Coach. 


Defra employees are entitled to 3 days special leave with pay, per year, for volunteering. We encourage our employees to take this up, as it can be a great way to share skills with worthy charitable causes, while developing new insights and stronger links with the civil society sector. 


We fully support reservists and offer 15 days special leave with pay for training. 

Salary Sacrifice: 

Childcare vouchers: 

The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents can then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. 

Bicycle Loan Schemes: 

Defra offers interest-free loans towards the cost of a bike and Cycle to Work Scheme. Defra loans you a bike for your commute as a tax-free benefit. At the end of the loan period, you have the option to buy the bike, saving 30% of the original cost. 

Season Ticket Loan:

We offer interest-free season ticket loans to all Defra employees with more than three months’ service, for purchasing train and bus season tickets, as well as station car parking. 

Sick Pay:

We offer a generous and supportive Sick Pay Policy, with Sick pay progressively increasing, by the length of service, beginning at one month’s sick pay in the first year of service. 

Employee Discounts: 

Defra employees have access to a range of discounts at hundreds of top retailers via our employee discount scheme. 

Give as You Earn: 

Defra is registered with the Give as You Earn scheme, which enables you to make regular deductions directly from your salary, in support of a chosen charity. This is simple and tax efficient. 

Flexible working: 

Defra is committed to providing a great place to work and is open to smarter ways of working that enable you to choose how, when and where you want to work in line with business needs. This includes the ability to work from home, work compressed hours and choose from a range of locations best suited to when and where you need to be. Our offices are equipped with a range of onsite facilities including fitness centres, staff canteens and much more. You can discuss where you will be based and the amount of travel you will need to undertake at the interview with the Vacancy Holder. 

Employee Assistance Programme: 

Is a free and confidential 24/7 telephone advice service available to all our staff. 

Occupational Health Service: 

Provides a range of support services, to optimise attendance, engagement and performance at work. 

Sports and Social Association: 

Promotes sports and social activities and organises our annual sports day and staff lottery.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead Technical Question. 

As part of the application process you will be asked to supply a CV and technical questions. 

Candidates will be assessed on behaviours at interview. 

Please note
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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