Deputy Director, Strategy & Governance

Job no: 492372
Work type: Permanent
Location: Singapore
Categories: Strategy & Governance


As the Deputy Director, you lead the Strategy and Governance unit and manage strategic and corporate planning needs for the organisation, working closely with Dsg Senior Management and the units to align organisational goals. 

About DesignSingapore Council

DesignSingapore Council’s (Dsg) vision is for Singapore to be an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city through design by 2025. As the national agency that promotes design, our mission is to develop the design sector, help Singapore use design for innovation and growth, and make life better in this UNESCO Creative City of Design. The Dsg is a subsidiary of the Singapore Economic Development Board. More information at 

About the Strategy & Governance Unit

The Strategy and Governance (S&G) unit develops the strategies and directions for the organisation, to realise its vision of creating an innovation driven economy and a loveable city by design. The unit comprises two teams:  

  1. The Strategic Planning & Futures team is responsible for long-term planning and strategy development. Specific work entails facilitation of annual workplanning, formulation of design masterplan, driving Strategic Futures initiatives, and conducting research and insighting, as required to support Dsg’s interests.  

  1. The Corporate Planning & Governance team is responsible for optimising organisational effectiveness, involving enterprise risk management, knowledge management, data governance, budget planning, impact tracking, and other organisation-wide processes. The team also manages and provides secretariat support to Dsg Advisory Board.  


This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director or the Director of Strategy and Governance. There are three main responsibilities for this role:

Strategic Planning & Futures

  • Work closely with Dsg Senior Management in setting direction, identifying focus areas and prioritising efforts to ensure organisation leadership for the industry, with the aim to develop a robust design ecosystem in Singapore. 
  • Support Dsg units by translating strategies into actionable steps or unit-specific workplans, to help refine unit-specific programmes and initiatives. 
  • Drive research workstreams within the organisation, both led by S&G and proposed by other units. 
  • Lead the management and development of Strategic Planning & Futures initiatives, ranging from partnership development, white papers, strategy reviews, toolkits, workshops and others.   
 Corporate Planning & Governance
  • Lead corporate planning for the organisation, to ensure its governance and optimal operations. 
  • Drive Corporate Planning & Governance workstreams within the organisation; including metrics and performance tracking, risk management, data governance with compliance to PDPA, policy development, budgeting, operation frameworks development, process reviews, work-planning session and others.    
  • Support Dsg units by managing and optimising processes to support unit-specific programmes and initiatives. 
  • Co-ordinate and liaise with other government agencies and ministries for impact reporting, securing funding and supporting whole-of-government workstreams.  
  • Manage all matters relating to Dsg Advisory Board. 

Team Management  

  • As a team manager, you lead budget management and a dynamic team of 3-5 staff to achieve work targets. Beyond supervision, your leadership will make a significant impact on team success by inspiring collaboration, fostering individual growth, and shaping a positive work environment.  


  • Minimum 10 years of working experience in strategic and corporate planning, ideally within government agencies. Experience with research, budgeting, process development, strategic planning methodologies, futures thinking or work-planning facilitation would be an advantage but is not required. 
  • At least 5 years of leadership responsibilities, with proven skills in leading projects and project teams 
  • A strong passion for design, especially the design and creative ecosystem in Singapore.  
  • Strong analytical ability; able to interpret and synthesise data, provide insights, and develop or augment strategies.  
  • Inquisitive mind that will challenge latent assumptions, approaches and narratives. 
  • Adaptable to constant changes and unstructured systems, but proactive and motivated to strive for improvement within this environment.  
  • Skilled in translating complex strategies and thinking downstream to management, colleagues and the broader design industry. 
  • Possess critical thinking skills, as well as excellent writing and verbal communication. 
  • Possess interpersonal skills to manage and collaborate with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Methodical, process-oriented, and proactive self-starter. 

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