Chief Executive Officer, Standards and Testing Agency

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bristol, UK
  • Salary: £93,000

Website UK Government - Department for Education

This is a challenging role, with a huge leadership challenge, particularly given the impact that Covid has had on the Agency and its work.You will:

  • lead an expert and diverse team of around 140 people to develop and deliver a range of age-appropriate assessments providing robust and reliable data to teachers, parents and ministers
  • procure and manage suppliers to support STA; this includes tender exercises and handling contracts to support our aims
  • work with ministers to develop and implement primary assessment policy and with colleagues in the Department for Education who lead on policy for curriculum and accountability
  • develop the strategy for STA that delivers government policy and adapts to changes in education
  • as accounting officer, be responsible for STA’s budget and its resources
  • work with Ofqual as the regulator of national curriculum assessments


We are looking for you to demonstrate these essential skills and experience:

  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Communication and influencing skills with stakeholders within and beyond government
  • Contract management and procurement experience
  • Leading and handling large projects
  • Delivery and continuous improvement of complex teams
  • Committed to inclusivity, sustainability and equality


Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

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