Stakeholder Manager- Defensive Cyber Operations Programme


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MoD Corsham with hybrid working. Current expectation is 2 days a week in office.

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Job summary

The Stakeholder Manager is an essential role within the DCO (Defensive Cyber Operations) Programme. The post holder will need to work closely with Product Owners, Programme Managers and Business Change Managers within the wider team who are responsible for the delivery of “Detect” and “Respond” cyber capabilities to the DCO community across Defence.  They will also need to work with the associated Cyber Resilience Programme (CRP) communications lead and other key stakeholders including, but not limited to, the Cyber Security Operations Capability (CSOC) Team and the Cyber Joint User Team.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week

Defence Digital provides digital and technology services to our Armed Forces, ensuring they can operate securely via radio, satellite, and the internet. Operating at scale, with an annual budget in excess of £2Bn and a diverse team of 2,500 colleagues, we're aiming to make our Armed Forces some of the most technologically advanced in the world.

Due to security and information access restriction, the role is only open to a sole BRITISH national.

Job description

In this role, you will be responsible to the SEO DCO Programme Benefits Manager to ensure that the DCO Programme Team have a robust and effective approach for joined-up stakeholder engagement with consistent and up-to-date communication products, visible communication plans and briefing packs.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Engender strong stakeholder focus and engagement across the DCO Programme and Senior Leadership Team.
  • Develop, support and maintain an effective joint Communications Strategy with the Cyber Resilience Programme (CRP).
  • Create and maintain a Visual Communications Plan.
  • Maintain the extant Programme branding and create new branding when required.
  • Develop the current Stakeholder Analysis, including PowerBi Maps, and ensure these are used to create monthly measurement and momentum.
  • Establish and issue a regular newsletter using inputs from across all DCO Programme teams.
  • Support Industry engagement.
  • Regular input and attendance at governance level meetings.
  • Develop and maintain the DCO knowledge portal on the Defence Intranet.
  • Maintain an agreed DCO briefing pack and DCO Glossary.
  • Support DCO onboarding with the latest communication material.
  • Create and maintain an Elevator Pitch so that the team has coherent verbal messaging.
  • Support Product Owners and Business Change Managers with launch campaigns.
  • Work with the Business Change Team to ensure communication and engagement coherence.
  • Help deliver both internal and external high-profile events eg Demos and Open Days.
  • Advocate good communication through their daily business and interactions to inspire others to adopt a more user-focused approach when creating content.
  • Deputise for the DCO Programme Benefits Manager as required.

Person specification

This would suit someone wanting to continue in the Project Delivery profession in a Stakeholder- focused role or may be of interest to someone with experience of corporate functions, or policy, or other function that involves stakeholder engagement.  It would be desirable if they had an APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or similar. Please detail in your supporting statement what equivalent qualifications you hold and note that all qualifications need to be in date.

This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice.  If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Stakeholder engagement


  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • 25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
  • In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The King’s birthday
  • Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to volunteer for military or emergency service reserve commitments
  • Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
  • Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club and Gyms
  • A highly competitive pension scheme.
  • Additionally, please see the attached Benefits Leaflet

Learning & Development

In Defence Digital we have a strong learning and development ethos, supporting you to fulfil your potential by providing –

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • Professional and Personal Development of skills
  • Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by MOD
  • Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by MOD

 Our unparalleled learning and development opportunities allow you not only to progress in your career with us, but to gain transferable skills that allow you to apply your expertise across the Ministry of Defence and other government departments.

The post does not offer relocation expenses.

 External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six month probation period.

Please note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at”

“MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

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Selection process details

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


To apply, please complete the CV and personal statement template provided on the CS Jobs dashboard. Your statement will be read by the recruiting line manager, so it is essential that your statement includes evidence of the following criteria and is no more than 1250 words.

Each of the criteria has been identified by the manager as being important in this role and for that reason each one of the following will be scored 1-7 and make up part of your overall score to assess your suitability to be invited to interview:

  • Be able to create and maintain positive, professional, and trusting working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills, ideally with knowledge and/or experience of using the Joint Service Publication (JSP) 101 Defence Writing Guide.
  • Be able to switch between analytical and creative tasks and produce good quality products, prioritised to meet routine and urgent deadlines.


We’ll assess you against these Behaviours & Technical Skills during the interview process:


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

Technical skills:

  • Stakeholder engagement

Defence Digital operates an organisation model in which every individual belongs to a Government Profession. The successful applicant will be posted into one of the defined Government Professions on Standard Terms of Reference for the grade. Defence Digital reserves the right to move individuals between roles, within their allocated profession, to meet the needs of the business and in support of agile resourcing.

Within Defence Digital each profession is led by a Professional Head of Community who will lead professional development and support the Continuous Professional Development path for their group.

Defence Digital is currently going through a Transformation Programme which aims to ensure we have the right workforce, with the right skills, to deliver the MOD's Digital Strategy. As the programme progresses, Defence Digital staff may be required to undergo an assessment to understand and develop their upskilling needs to support the delivery of this strategy. This post may be impacted by Transformation as the programme progresses.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at Defence Digital. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer, and we actively seek candidates from a diverse set of backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came in to effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


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.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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We are very flexible with working schedules. For many positions, it is possible to work part-time hours at the expense of pay. All jobs which are marked as "part-time" allow you to choose how many hours you would like to work.

Our 4 day week = any day off

Our Vacation Policy

We offer a generous annual leave allowance (typically 25-30 days per year for full time staff) plus public holidays. If you work a 4 day week (30hrs), you can expect:

  • 28 days PTO
  • 52 unpaid days
  • 80 days off per year

Our Remote Working Policy

Our team works hybrid remotely throughout the UK. For some roles, 100% remote working is possible - please check the job description for more details.

Our Employee Benefits

  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Childcare support
  • Equipment allowance

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