Director General, Policy and Campaigns

UK Ministry of Defence
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Feb 24

Position description

If you are successful and are from outside of the Civil Service, you can expect your salary on appointment to be £125,000 per annum. If you’re an existing Civil Servant, your salary will be agreed in line with the Civil Service pay rules in place on the date of your appointment.

Job grade

SCS Pay Band 3

Contract type


Business area

MOD - Head Office & Corporate Services

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share

Number of jobs available




About the job


Things you need to know

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This role is based in MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London and you should expect to be in office 3-4 days per week.

About the job

Job summary

Defence’s purpose is to protect the Nation and help it prosper. This role, based in MOD Head Office, sits at the core of delivering that purpose - the Director General Policy and Campaigns will be responsible for the totality of Defence’s political/military international relations activity and the policy oversight of military operations.

Job description

Working to the Permanent Secretary, and together with the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy & Operations) and DG Industry, Trade and Economic Security, the DG, Policy and Campaigns will provide leadership to the Policy and Campaigns Directorate. Several key Defence thematic priorities are central to this agenda and will require substantial Director General-level leadership focus within Defence, across Government more widely, and with our full range of international partners and stakeholders. You will work very closely with Ministers and senior civilian and military colleagues, the latter responsible for setting military strategy, operational planning, and the conduct of military operations. The role requires considerable cross-Whitehall engagement as Defence ensures that it has a very clear voice in shaping and then delivering the intent of the National Security Council.

Person specification

This is a key leadership role within the Department. It is well suited to a strategic thinker, who is equally able to leverage analysis and stakeholder influence. A sound understanding of how Defence and the wider national security system operates, experience of developing and delivering security/Defence policy in complex environments, and leading teams through change are key attributes we are also looking for.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

Selection process details

Refer to the Candidate Information Pack attached below for more detail. 

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (opens in a new window). 

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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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