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« on: October 28, 2022, 07:24:22 pm »

The Times diary was having fun today with DfT» (Department for Transport - about) recruiting a Head of Uncertainty. And it really is - or, less uncertainly:
Head of Uncertainty and Scenarios
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I won't bore you with the actual job description, as that would risk sounding almost sensible. And it is defined as a job for an economist, obviously. But do note that the location is "Birmingham, Leeds, London" - or somewhere.

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2022, 07:30:19 pm »

The Times diary was having fun today with DfT» (Department for Transport - about) recruiting a Head of Uncertainty. And it really is - or, less uncertainly:
Head of Uncertainty and Scenarios
Department for Transport


I won't bore you with the actual job description, as that would risk sounding almost sensible. And it is defined as a job for an economist, obviously. But do note that the location is "Birmingham, Leeds, London" - or somewhere.

There are huge benefits to be gained by quick and positive reaction to unexpected things, so, yes, it could make sense.

I got to the pub tonight 20 minutes early because a train was late  Cheesy. - no, really!   The fact I had told Lisa "half an hour" and it's now two hours because of the party I joined there is another story
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2022, 09:31:41 pm »

I hope Mr Heisenberg applies…   Grin

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2022, 10:04:26 pm »

I've sent off (or should that be sent in?) my application and I'm now looking forward to the interview. In a dreading sort of way. It should be fun. Type 3 fun maybe.

"Tell us about a time you dealt with uncertainty in your career. How did you deal with it and what were the outcomes?"
"Well, there was that time in the office cafeteria when I couldn't make up my mind whether to have the soup or the pasta. No, hang on, I think it was a salad. Or was it fish and chips? Well anyway, the outcome was that I went hungry... "
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2022, 10:56:43 pm »

The selection process looks scary, though maybe that's now normal for the Civil Service (and other big employers):
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This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

How to Apply

At sift we will ask you to complete a CV and Personal Statement (250 word maximum). We will also ask you to provide a 250 word example for each of the following Behaviours:

    Seeing the Big Picture
    Making Effective Decisions
    Delivering at Pace
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2022, 11:48:05 am »

To fit in with the tone of the recruitment literature, should it continue-

"Fluency in incomprehensible jargon will be required, but not any knowledge of when to use capital letters"
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2022, 05:25:31 am »


From the three criteria listed it is evident that none of the recent Secretaries of State or Junior Ministers would qualify as DfT» (Department for Transport - about) employees on account of their restricted and narrow view of investment, their ineffective decision making and dilatory working.

Hmmm

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2022, 07:12:35 am »


From the three criteria listed it is evident that none of the recent Secretaries of State or Junior Ministers would qualify as DfT» (Department for Transport - about) employees on account of their restricted and narrow view of investment, their ineffective decision making and dilatory working.

Hmmm

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I am not going to dispute the personal matters of ministerial qualifications, but isn't one of the points of employing a specialist being to widen the skills and knowledge base in the organisation for its greater good?   So that (in this case) ministers who have decisions to make can be more certain that they are informed on things that are uncertain and make better judgement as to what risks they should take?

I would, perhaps, have been up for a role like this is the past - sounds fun - but these days I'm uncertain if I could commit to 40% of my world time in London, or Leeds, or Lampeter, or Liverpool.  And of course in the Civil Service it's so much about qualifications (that I lack) that opportunities for a few motivated free thinkers in key roles just aren't there.  (Just in case any civil servants at the DfT are reading this - there are some excellent people there; I have been very impressed by some of you - however, it would be good to be more inclusive of wider thought and not just the formally educated channel)

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You are confirming to me what I have long suspected; that most modern administrators, whether in the public or private sector have little understanding of the  internal operation of the concerns that they manage. They can operate financial systems and external compliance but beyond the admin building they're stumped, so bring in consultants.

I think that they need more than an MBA; competence in the basic activities of the business is also essential. Hence the UK (United Kingdom)'s continuing failures.

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2022, 09:56:27 am »

The Times diary was having fun today with DfT» (Department for Transport - about) recruiting a Head of Uncertainty. And it really is - or, less uncertainly:
Head of Uncertainty and Scenarios
Department for Transport


I won't bore you with the actual job description, as that would risk sounding almost sensible. And it is defined as a job for an economist, obviously. But do note that the location is "Birmingham, Leeds, London" - or somewhere.

I'd have thought the job would be better defined as "Head of 'S—t Happens'", but I'm not sure the Times would like that either...
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