Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

Successful applicant must 'change existing thinking', which is odd as it's all been going so well up to now


No 10 Downing Street - the home of the UK Prime Minister - is looking to hire a big cheese at the Brexit Opportunities Unit to bring a fresh new oomph and zing to Whitehall.

The 17-page job spec (downloadable here) – with perks including hybrid working, childcare benefits, a generous pension, and a loan to buy a bike – is brief.

In a nutshell, it’s this: “The Director, Brexit Opportunities Unit is a high-profile role. It needs someone who can change existing thinking, working across all government departments, developing partnerships with senior stakeholders, including the Prime Minister, to ensure ministerial priorities are met.”

Sounds like a nightmare. Even if you only have to go into the office three days a week.

Still, if someone is going to take the job, the first task should be to rename the Brexit Opportunities Unit (BOU). That way the incomer can really put their stamp on the job and make it their own. New broom and all that.

Something like, Brexit Opportunities Office (BOO) or the Office of Brexit Opportunities in Europe (OBOE) or Brexit Opportunities Office in Britain Originally and Overseas (BOO-BOO)…

The closing date for applications is 18 July. ®

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