ADS • FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom

Executive Director - Prosperity, Innovation & Capability UKDSC

Salary:  Competitive, depending on experience

2 days/week at home

9-day fortnight

Core hours 9–5.30

Job Description

Role Outline

The Executive Director (Prosperity, Innovation & Capability) is a member of the Senior Leadership team, reporting directly into the CEO. The post holder is responsible for providing senior leadership, direction and support to two teams: Prosperity & Economic Data and Innovation & Capability.

The role requires representation of the UKDSC at senior external engagements and visits, hosting senior visitors to the UKDSC and coordination with key stakeholders across government and industry.

As well as being responsible for the delivery of the PED and I&C teams, the post holder is required to contribute the strategic development of the UKDSC including, but not limited to, strategy development, financial, HR and recruitment issues, outreach, brand development and resource management.

The role has 2 direct reports; Assistant Director, Prosperity and Economic Data and Assistant Director, Innovation and Capability.

Skills & Competencies

  • UK national holding UK SC clearance (dual nationals may be allowed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Ability to work in a hybrid environment between Farnborough / Home
  • Ability to travel around UK (regular) and internationally (very occasional)
  • Demonstrable ability to work in collaborative environments.
  • Experience in working across Government and Industry on joint projects.
  • Familiarity with the defence sector, including export activities and customers.
  • Familiarity with international defence programmes, international cooperative programme dynamics and international partner customs and practices.
  • A good knowledge of the UK defence science and technology community and the roles of key organisations within that community.
  • A broad understanding of a wide range of defence relevant technologies, together with a good understanding of the defence ecosystem and the challenges of integration and exploitation in a defence environment.
  • Understanding of data management and analytics.
  • Demonstrable team leadership, management, and coaching skills: adept in communicating visions and missions, inspiring and motivating team members.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable independence from the commercial interests of any DGP member company.

Contract & Benefits

Contract: Permanent, fulltime, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Location: Hybrid working- 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days from home

Benefits: bonus, pension, private health insurance, life insurance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, 9-day fortnight, hybrid working, enhanced parental leave, 28 days annual leave, buy additional annual leave, long service additional annual leave

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Company benefits

9-day fortnight
Open to job sharing
Open to part time work for some roles
Open to compressed hours
Work from anywhere scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Compassionate leave
Season ticket loan
Travel insurance
Time off in-lieu
28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Company shutdown periods
Enhanced maternity leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
Salary sacrifice
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Skilled worker visas
Employee assistance programme
Volunteer days
Teambuilding days
L&D budget
Enhanced sick days
Mental health platform access
Fertility benefits
Menstrual leave
Gym membership
Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Women’s health leave
Mental health days
Pregnancy loss leave
Childcare credits
Adoption leave
Cinema discounts
Charity donation scheme
Commuter loan
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Life assurance
Interest free loans
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Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
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Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

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Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Farnborough, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Toulouse

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

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Flexa100 2024
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