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Information Manager

Department for Education
£49,861 Grade 7
Closing date
15 May 2022

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This is a remote working role, open to candidates applying within the following regions: East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East (excluding within the M25), South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber.


We are looking for a confident and versatile building professional to join the Department for Education’s (DfE) Design Team, Technical Standards Division, Capital Directorate. This is an important new role to improve the consistency and quality of project information in support of all DfE capital funded programmes and to drive the development of digital design and construction related platforms and tools to support the ongoing implementation of DfE Capital’s Digital Strategy.

Job description

The Capital Directorate is a dynamic environment, delivering multi-billion pound construction programmes. We are one of the largest public sector construction clients in England, with a capital budget of £23.5bn to 2020-21, and over 600 school building projects.

We deliver new schools, rebuilds and refurbishments of existing schools to improve the condition of the whole school estate.

We help provide high quality school places where they are needed, and set standards for school and college buildings across the country.

We provide capital funding to schools and colleges so children and young people can learn in good quality, safe and sustainable learning environments both internally and externally.

The implementation of the former UK BIM Mandate across government departments has resulted in greater collaboration, productivity and efficiency in the design and delivery of public sector construction projects. Building on this earlier version, the recently published Information Management Mandate (Annex B of Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030) seeks to ensure all procurement and contractual processes are compliant with the standards set out in the UK BIM Framework.

The role of the Information Manager will be to support the DfE in their compliance with the Information Management Mandate, to help drive practical implementation across all DfE capital funded programmes and to assure the quality of design and construction project information.

The successful candidate will also work within a team to support the digitisation of the DfE’s space and specification requirements and develop downloadable BIM tools to better support standardisation and sustainability, and deliver healthy, safe and productive learning environments providing positive educational and operational outcomes.

As such, the role would suit a high calibre building professional who is proactive, can communicate effectively, are comfortable managing competing and evolving priorities, and has experience of implementing change.


The successful post holder will be expected to work across a range of activities, including:
  • Working with the DfE’s BIM Design Advisor to provide technical support and BIM/Information Management advice on multiple projects at various stages across the School Rebuilding Programme, Free Schools programme and Further Education Capital Transformation Fund. This will include reviewing and validating documentation and deliverables (including models) against the DfE’s requirements throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Supporting the work of external consultants, technical advisors, responsible bodies and construction delivery teams to ensure that the DfE receive fully compliant, secure and reliable project information for long term asset management and strategic decision making. This will also involve the production of guidance and training documentation, participating in working groups, responding to technical queries, and the sharing of Information Management knowledge and best practice.
  • Working with the DfE’s Construction Quality and Digital Lead to maintain and update the DfE’s Information Management Resources and communicating these technical requirements to a variety of audiences to ensure compliance with the Information Management Mandate whilst implementing lessons learnt and staying abreast of innovation and developments in technology, digital design tools, asset data processes and design automation.
  • Working alongside the DfE’s Construction Quality and Digital Lead and BIM Design Advisor to develop and maintain digital design and construction related platforms and tools to support the ongoing implementation of DfE Capital’s Digital Strategy (e.g., creation of automated rulesets in BIM auditing software, development of OpenBIM objects, data libraries and coordination of complex digital data storage solutions to enable efficient workflows across DfE Capital).

Essential Criteria

1. Experience of the construction sector although not necessarily in education;

2. Knowledge and experience of managing and delivering project information in accordance with BS EN ISO 19650 and BS 1192 standards;

3. Knowledge and experience of working within and/or administering a Common Data Environment and/or Electronic Document Management System(s) including maintaining, organising and validating Information Deliverables;

4. Be able to author and develop supporting BIM/Information Management documentation, guidance or procedures in accordance with BS EN ISO 19650 and BS 1192 standards;

5. Understands how to produce and validate 3D models (geometric and alphanumeric) against Information Requirements;

6. Experience of working with Microsoft Power Platform, Visual Scripting or coding to develop in-house digital solutions.

Desirable Criteria

1. Individual BIM certification (BS EN ISO 19650 or BS 1192) with a recognised body (e.g., BSI, BRE);

2. Proficient BIM user with strong working knowledge of authoring software (e.g., Civil 3D, Revit (including Dynamo), Tekla, ArchiCAD) including experience in the establishment and management of BIM models;

3. Knowledge and understanding of related government publications (e.g., UK BIM Framework, The Construction Playbook, Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030, Government Soft Landings);

4. Experience of creating and using rule-based auditing software (e.g., Navisworks, Solibri) to examine alphanumerical requirements;

5. Knowledge and experience of exporting 3D models aligned to interoperable/OpenBIM best practice and principles (IFC, COBie, BCF).

Desirable criteria will only be assessed in the event of a tie-break situation to make an informed decision.


A relevant construction related professional or technical qualification to degree or post graduate level (e.g., Building Surveying, Architecture, Architectural Technology, Engineering, Construction, Quantity Surveying).


Membership of, or working towards, a relevant construction professional body (e.g., Architects Registration Board, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Royal Institute for Chartered Surveying, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists).
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.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

At sift, we will assess your statement of suitability (500 words) against the essential criteria. You are also required to submit a CV, but this will not be scored.

At interview, we will assess you against your experience of meeting the Essential Criteria.

Sift scheduled: Week commencing Monday 16th May 2022

Interviews scheduled: Weeks commencing Monday 30th May 2022

Interview Location: MS Teams Video Interview

Whilst we will endeavour to meet the dates set out in the advert there may be occasions when these dates change. Those candidates invited to assessment will be provided with sufficient notice of confirmed dates.

Feedback will only be provided at the interview stage.

Other Information

Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK from the location options provided and not from overseas.

The government is committed to supporting apprenticeships, enabling people to learn and progress in a role whilst earning. We want to monitor the number of people who have completed apprenticeships who are now applying to progress further in their career and are asking this question to all candidates, on all vacancies. You will be asked a question as part of the application process about any previous apprenticeships you have completed. Your response to this question will not affect your application and it is not a requirement of the role to have completed a previous apprenticeship.

For this role the department would not consider sponsoring a Certificate of Sponsorship/visa. Please note we are unable to offer advice on any Visa and Immigration cases.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Department of Education of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Department for Education do not cover the cost of travel to your interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Candidates will be posted in merit order based upon location preference. Where more than one location is advertised you will be asked to state your preferred location.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Terms and conditions of candidates transferring from ALBs and NDPBs

Bodies that are not accredited by the Civil Service Commission and are not able to advertise at Across Government on Civil Service jobs will be treated as external new starters and will come into DfE on modernised terms and conditions with a salary at the band minimum.

Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission but do not have civil service status will be offered modernised terms and will not have continuous service recognised for leave or sickness benefits. Salaries should be offered at band minimum, but there is some flexibility where this would cause a detriment to the individual.

Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission and do have Civil Service status will be treated as OGD transfers. Staff appointed on lateral transfer will move on to pre-modernised DfE terms (unless they were on modernised terms in their previous organisation). Staff appointed on promotion will move on to modernised DfE terms. Staff will transfer over on their existing salary (on lateral transfer) and any pay above the DfE pay band maximum will be paid as a mark time allowance. Staff moving on promotion will have their salaries calculated using the principles set out in the attached OGD transfer supplementary information.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
- Contact Department of Education via soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to Department for Education (DfE) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.
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.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Ian Naylor
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

The Department for Education’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles, which outlines that selection for appointment is made on merit based on fair and open competition. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned via If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

We encourage diverse candidates Image of a staff member sitting at a desk with text on the image saying. It’s important to us that our organisation is more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We’re especially keen to hear from black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented.

At DfE, we are proud of the commitment we make to diversity and inclusion and of the progress we have made. We have a variety of staff networks and groups for all employees to join, whether you identify yourself as someone who the network is aimed towards or if you just have an interest in diversity and inclusion matters.

Equality and diversity – Department for Education


Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 15th May 2022

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