Director of Transformation (PO)

Clonakilty, Co Cork
17 September 2020
07 October 2020
Position / level
Director, Professional
Contract Type
Full Time


Director of Transformation (PO)

​The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is recruiting a Director of Transformation.  The Director of Transformation will have overall responsibility for managing the implementation of recommendations arising from the SFPA Organisation Capability Review 2020.

​The Director of Transformation will lead the delivery of a programme of significant operational and organisational change across the SFPA. 

This is a pivotal undertaking for the future of the SFPA in terms of the delivery of its core work programmes and statutory obligations and the Transformation Lead must be an inspirational leader and a strong team player who is result-driven.  He/she will set the tone for the transformation programme and will be responsible for the delivery of significant improvements in both operational and organisational efficiency .  They will be an effective communicator, driving operational efficiencies and implementing business processes change across diverse internal and external stakeholders, and ensuring high levels of engagement within the SFPA organisation.

​The scope of the new role is broad, cross functional and will extend throughout all levels of the SFPA organisation. 

The role holder will be fully integrated into the existing SFPA Senior Management Team. 

​As this is a permanent role, beyond the implementation of the review recommendations, the Director of Transformation may be assigned a range of different duties/functions as determined by the Chairperson of the SFPA Authority. The Director of Transformation will ensure that the organisation continues to thrive by identifying opportunities for innovative ways of working, driving ongoing process improvement initiatives, over-seeing implementation of these initiatives and the associated change management agenda.


  1. Overall responsibility for driving and strategic delivery of a significant programme of organisational and operational change within the SFPA.

  2. Bringing forward proposals for and implementing changes to existing corporate strategy, culture, business processes, systems and technology, work processes and organisational structures.

  3. The post holder will work closely with the SFPA Project Management Office to develop the integrated plan and manage its delivery, following the SFPA Project Management Framework process.

  4. Support project teams in integrating change management activities into their project plans.

  5. Ensure that appropriate controls and reporting are in place to manage the project and support the programme needs.

  6. Work with key stakeholders both internal and external, ensuring high levels of engagement and commitment to the overall organisational vision.

  7. Lead and drive significant improvement initiatives, including solution development and implementation, working closely with business unit management.

  8. Ensure line managers take responsibility for implementing change and leading their teams to ensure change initiatives are embedded over time in the organisation.

  9. Facilitate change management activities with cross-functional team members and stakeholders to ensure full adoption of and engagement with new practices and standards.

  10. Apply appropriate and effective change management process and tools to create a strategy that maximizes employee buy-in to change.

  11. Identify, anticipate, and manage resistance to change and develop mechanisms to encourage employee engagement.

  12. Support the design, development, delivery and management of effective communications.

  13. Support senior organisational leaders to help them fulfill their role as change sponsors.

  14. Support design and definition of organisational roles and responsibilities

  15. Work with each internal and external stakeholders to ensure actions are prioritised and delivered within agreed timelines.

  16. Demonstrate strong motivation to develop and optimise the performance and contribution of the SFPA in terms of delivery of its core objectives.

  17. Ongoing identification of opportunities for new and innovative ways of working, to drive process improvement initiatives and oversee the full delivery of these initiatives. 

  18. Preparing progress reports for the SFPA Authority.

  19. This role will involve travel to the SFPA Port offices and travel to stakeholder meetings in various locations nationwide, occasional international travel may also be involved. 

Please note that the above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive.



​Essential Entry Requirements

​Candidates must meet the following essential requirements prior to the closing date for this competition:

  • Possess a relevant recognised third level Degree or equivalent (minimum NFQ Level 8).

  • Demonstrate extensive experience and success in leading significant organisational change and/or process improvement projects for an organisation wide transformation programme in either the public or private sector.

  • Have significant experience (5 years or more) in a senior management role as a strategic leader, including developing organisational strategy and cultural change within an organisation.

  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies and tools.

  • Experience of working collaboratively with key internal and external partners at a senior level.

  • Possess strong administrative capabilities, including project management skills, effective written and oral communication skills, work programming/planning, budget management and the use of information technology as a communications and monitoring tool.

  • Demonstrate the required standard in the competencies identified as being essential for the role

In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:

  • Fluent spoken and written English is absolutely essential

  • Full driving licence

Desirable entry requirements

  • An understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the Public sector and Government policies for the sector.

  • Experience of transformation and change management in a public sector environment.

  • Possess an understanding of the specific role of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in the wider Public Service context.

  • Completion of further education in Change management, Project management, Facilitation /Coaching.

  • An awareness of industrial relations in a public sector setting.


  • This job specification is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position. It is subject to ongoing review and will evolve in line with the constantly evolving practices and functions of the Authority’s work.

  • It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.


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