Head of Corporate Systems

England Permanent
  • The business is undergoing significant change and transformation.
  • Hybrid working practices in place

About Our Client

The Government Property Agency is changing the way the Civil Service works and is at the forefront of the Government's transformation agenda; reshaping the relationship civil servants have with their place of work. The Agency is central to the delivery of key Government policies including moving 22,000 Civil Service roles out of London by 2030 and tackling climate change by contributing to the Net Zero agenda. To do this we are delivering a major change programme across the UK and consolidating our portfolio in order to save £1.4 Bn over 10 years.

Beyond the bricks and mortar, the GPA is about providing great workplaces for our people. Through programmes like Hubs, Whitehall Campus and Smart Working you will be in the vanguard of creating model working environments and promoting flexible working practices.

This is an ambitious and exciting task, for which we need innovative people, with strong commercial acumen, who are passionate about visualising and implementing customer needs. Launched as an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office in 2018, we're a relatively new department and we are growing fast so we also need people who thrive in ambiguity, can adapt quickly to change, and are comfortable stepping outside of their remit to drive outcomes.

Location can be any of the following offices: Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Newport, Swindon, Norwich, London.

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Job Description

GPA is undergoing a significant systems transformation and requires a Head of Corporate Systems to support and lead in the various programmes. The GPA is further supporting smarter working by delivering a Digital systems strategy that is providing new digital enterprise systems and services, automation of business processes, digitising manual ways of working and overall improving the productivity and efficiency of GPA people through a more digital-centric and technology-driven workplace. Priorities include a dedicated Finance System, a new Integrated Workplace Management System and a new Client Relationship Management System to improve client satisfaction. Within this changing landscape, the MRI Horizon platform will remain pivotal as GPA's core property management. The GPA is also working on a longer-term roadmap for its corporate systems, aligned with the needs of the business.

The Head of Corporate Systems will be integral to helping deliver the imminent Corporate systems programmes and shaping GPA's future strategy of systems and services. The individual will lead a small team of systems analysts, system admins, PMO and Solution Architects.

The candidate will:

  • Shape and deliver a Corporate Systems strategy aligned with the needs of the business.
  • Work with the GPA business leads to deliver its Corporate systems supporting from a technology, data and integration perspective.
  • Implement a team to support GPA's systems, analysis and architecture.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Enterprise systems transformation - take ownership of GPA's core line of business systems and services by demonstrating strong experience having worked within a wide range of systems (Finance, ERP, HR, Corporate etc) to help drive digital transformational change.
  • Systems Architecture & design - Able to support solutions design based on user \ business needs, and assist in the creation of the system design and functional specifications for all new systems-orientated projects.
  • Systems Analyst - Be able to understand systems functionality and align to business processes to improve efficiencies, taking into consideration integration, adaptability and scalability.
  • Enterprise systems transformation - take ownership of GPA's core line of business systems and services by demonstrating strong experience having worked within a wide range of systems (Finance, ERP, HR, Corporate etc) to help drive digital transformational change.
  • Technical Design - Ability to have in-depth discussions at a technical level with SME's and specialists to find the best solutions to support the adoption of various technology stacks.
  • Systems maturity and literacy - Ability to support the creation of documentation for new and existing applications to improve adoption and usability.
  • Systems & Data integration - Strong understanding of data requirements, design, analysis and implementation to support effective systems operation, including through the use of data platforms.
  • Leading Enterprise Architecture - ability to understand business capability requirements and translate them into a roadmap of prioritised solutions aligned to the needs of the business taking into consideration legacy estate and future interoperability and scalability. Research, identify and test technology products required for solution delivery. Provide technical expertise and recommendations in assessing new IT software projects and initiatives to support and enhance our existing estate.
  • Team management - ability to lead a team of support admins, systems analysts and external partners to support GPA's systems.
  • Programme & change management - ability to oversee and lead core areas of strategic systems transformation programmes with a firm understanding of project plans to support deliverables, RAID and budgets.
  • Business engagement - Facilitate interactions between business divisions to optimize the use of systems and development.
  • Governance and reporting - Lead on Corporate systems forums, working groups and steering groups as well as supporting the creation of Executive level reporting.

The Successful Applicant

Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Systems Design & Development: Ability to translate business requirements into a solution design and work with partners to support the development.
  • Systems integration: Strong understanding of system interactions and processes.
  • Change Management: Ability to oversee complex strategic systems change programme.
  • Data Development Process: Ability to understand and integrate data in order to map, produce, transform and test new products.
  • Systems Support: Ability to lead a team of analysts and system admins to drive systems support, efficiency, and development aligned to business needs.

What's on Offer

  • GPA G6 National £61,710 - £66,614

  • GPA G6 London £65,145 - £70,877

  • A Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA) of up to £6,500 is available for candidates that meet the right skills and experience. This will be reviewed annually and is not consolidated for pension.
  • The total salary package is negotiable for exceptional candidates.

Benefits will include:

  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%.
  • An environment with flexible working options includes the ability to work from home from time to time and the use of flexitime.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • Generous annual leave, In addition, employees are entitled to 8 days of public holidays and an additional privilege day for the Queen's Birthday.
  • Cycle to work scheme- loan to purchase cycling equipment with typical savings of up to 40%.
  • Access to tax-free childcare scheme and holiday playschemes.
  • Free eye tests.
  • Employee discounts through EdenRed.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - The support on offer covers a range of topics, including lifestyle, healthy eating, physical and mental health, and financial and legal advice. There are videos and guides and an online chat service.

Selection Process Details:

Candidates will be assessed at sift stage using the required experience and technical skills listed.

To ensure a fair and open process all candidates must apply using the provided link and within the deadline of 1st Dec 2022. Your application will then be reviewed and scored against the job requirements and if successful you will be contacted for first-stage screening with Page Executive.

This vacancy uses Civil Service Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills (including GPA core skills).

To read about the Core Skills Framework, please copy and paste the link below:


The interview will have a blend of experience, behaviour, technical, and strength questions.

The behaviours assessed will include:

  • Managing a quality service
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership

Candidates will also be assessed against Technical Skills (GPA Core Skills) at the interview.

  • Customer Perspective
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Property Market Knowledge
  • Innovation

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.

The closing date for all applications will be the 1st December 2022.

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