Head of Film Policy Job at UK Government – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in London

Job Description

Management of the sponsorship of the relationship between DCMS and the British Film Institute, and the National Film and Television School. This includes ensuring appropriate stakeholder engagement, development of their strategic direction and helping assess efficiency and value for money from their activities and stakeholder management.

Lead responsibility with Government for policy development around film and screen more widely, including leading and delivering a major policy review looking at the future direction of film and High End TV.

Developing strong stakeholder relations. As a part of this job you will need to keep abreast of developments within the sector, and develop and sustain networks at senior levels within all aspects of the film development chain, including major American studios and smaller UK independent production houses.

Management of two Grade Bs, and playing a leadership role within MCI.

Managing and leading specific projects on topics ranging from film financing to passing legislation to support the British film industry. You will work closely with legal, finance, arts and tech policy colleagues within DCMS and other government departments – in particular HMT, HMRC and the FCO.


The successful candidate will be :
An individual with good judgement, analytical skills and a passion for policy development and implementation.

Someone with the ability to communicate confidently both verbally and in writing to Ministers, senior government officials and external stakeholders; committed to seeking out new points of view and willing to test ideas iteratively.

Someone with experience of management

willing to work flexibly at this time of significant change for the UK; good at prioritising and with the ability to keep sight of the bigger picture of the Government’s priorities – spotting opportunities and risks early, and working collaboratively to devise innovative solutions.

a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrable collaborative working style, contributing positively to the culture and ways of working within the film team, wider SIS team and MCI directorate.

Desirable skills:
Experience or understanding of specific sectors within the creative industries is desirable, in particular the screen industries.

Familiarity with economics and statistics


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture

Making Effective Decisions

Working Together

Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Seeing the Big Picture



  • 26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays. This will be complemented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.
  • . Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

About Company

Company: UK Government – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Company Location:  London

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