DfT creates second permanent secretary role


The Department for Transport (DfT) is creating a second permanent secretary role, worth around £160,000 a year.

The role would be 'directly responsible for around a third of the department’s staff' - roughly 1,200 people.

As part of the position, the successful candidate will 'provide strategic leadership in a range of high profile aspects of the Department’s work' including the decarbonisation agenda.

Advertising the role, the Government said the new role 'will be multi-modal and cross-cutting; driving each transport mode to deliver a decarbonisation agenda that is embedded in all aspects of transport'.

'The role brings a single point of leadership in DfT for other cross-cutting themes, including union connectivity, levelling up, technology and innovation and building global impact.

'The Second Permanent will also lead the Department’s work on aviation, maritime and security and resilience.'

In her foreword to the application pack, DfT permanent secretary Bernadette Kelly, who took the job in 2017, noted the challenges of post-COVID recovery and decarbonisation.

She also stressed that transport is 'at the heart of the Government’s ambitions for levelling up'.

'Transport can play a critical role in transforming economic geography and is also a vital lifeline for people and communities, connecting them to education, jobs and opportunity,' she said.

'This is also a sector which is being revolutionised by emerging technologies and business models. In DfT we will play a key part in shaping that future in a way which benefits society, the economy and the environment.

'I am looking for a Second Permanent Secretary who can help to drive our agenda and build our capability in these areas. She or he will also help to lead our work on aviation, maritime, security, international transport, science and analysis. The role will include ensuring the Department responds effectively to major disruption to the transport network and working with the leaders across aviation and maritime to support their recovery post-pandemic. '

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