K Hopkins

"In DWP, we care about making a real difference. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover the largest Civil Service Department that touches the lives of citizens the length and breadth of the UK. What we do matters. We serve over 22 million customers a year - we keep children out of poverty; we help people without jobs to find work so that they can support themselves and their families; we ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected. Now more than ever, the role that DWP plays in supporting society is vital.

We aspire to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications to help us reflect the citizens we serve. We promote “I can be me in DWP” to help us create a place to work where everyone feels they can be valued and respected while being themselves and everyone has a role to play in creating a more healthy, safe and inclusive workplace. I welcome you bringing your different perspective, life experience, knowledge and ambition to DWP.

 Debbie Alder, Director General for People, Capability and Place


About People and Capability (HR)


The People, Capability and Place Group (PCandP) brings together the professional expertise of various directorates. Combining the skills and experience to ensure that the organisation has the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time. The directorates in PCandP include:

  • People Strategy
  • People Service and Resourcing
  • Capability, Learning and Talent
  • Business Partnering

We are looking for high potential Human Resources professionals from outside of the Civil Service to join us on this Talent Scheme. We will be providing profession-based upskilling and insight in to working in HR in the department and across Government. Joining the scheme will give you the opportunity to explore what HR looks like inside the Civil Service and provide top tips to support your future career.

Please see here for more information about career pathways in HR in the Civil Service, including the kind of activity people in the Senior Civil Service (Deputy Director and above) might do, HR job “families”, and the type of training available to you once you become a Civil Servant.

In DWP, the SCS roles have a salary package that begins at £71,000 for our SCS1 (Deputy Director Roles)

An SCS Role in HR in DWP might hold responsibilities such as:

  • Partnering at Director General (DG) level across the full range of HR aspects such as resourcing, capability and talent, leadership, culture, organisational design, diversity and inclusion, etc
  • Setting direction, providing professional insight and judgement and providing consultancy
  • Building relationships and meaningful alliances with stakeholders. This can often be in a complex landscape of competing demands, priorities and perspectives
  • Representing HR on all relevant boards
  • Utilising business insight and robust people analytics to steer and direct organisational workforce strategies, championing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of this
  • Overseeing the delivery of solutions through the work of your team
  • Providing excellent team leadership, role-modelling inspirational, customer-focused, pro-active and inclusive leadership to encourage a culture of flexibility and continuous improvement and learning across the team in order to deliver high performance
  • Delivering at pace against challenging requirements and being a visible, confident, inspiring and empowering leader in the People and Capability Group as a whole


A day in the life of a HR Director:

What is it like to be in a Senior HR Leadership role in DWP?

K Hopkins

"It is both exciting and challenging, being a Senior HR Leader is much more than just a people person. As an effective Senior HR leader I need to have a balance of compassion, technological know-how, business acumen, legal and policy knowledge. With these traits, as an HR leader, I can facilitate better decision-making and influence key decision-makers”

Andrew Brookes, HR Director for People, Capability and Place