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Chief Technology Officer

London, United Kingdom | Government of United Kingdom

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
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  • Functions:
    IT / Information Technology
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We are seeking an innovative and creative Chief Technology Officer to transform our organisation’s digital capability to deliver truly digital investigations and prosecutions to ensure the best outcomes for citizens. This is a genuinely exciting time for a dynamic professional to join our organisation, offering a unique opportunity for you to develop our in-house, expert digital team to deliver our operations and work as part of the senior team modernising the ways of working for our entire workforce. The CTO will oversee and drive the delivery of the full range of technology and digital services for the organisation.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is the UK’s specialist prosecuting authority that investigates and prosecutes the top level of serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption. Our mission is to reduce the harm caused by high level economic crime, and preserve and enhance the reputation of the UK as a safe place to do business. Read more about our history and powers at our website

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for all technology in use at the SFO, both organisationally and in the investigation and presentation of our cases at court. The IT division has approximately 78 FTE, supported by a number of third party suppliers and contractors. The CTO is supported by seven direct reports at Band A (Grade 6) and Band B (Grade 7) who manage the teams within the division.

The revenue budget for the division in 2020/21 is £9.8m. The SFO’s overall capital budget is £4m for 2020/21; the majority of this is allocated to technology.

The division is grouped into the core IT functions (the IT Service Desk, the Information Management and Systems team, the Project Management Office, and the eDiscovery support team) and our Digital Forensics Unit (DFU) and Evidence Handling Management Office (EHMO).

The CTO reports to the SFO’s Chief Capability Officer and is a member of the Executive Group responsible for implementing the Director and Board’s organisational agenda. The CTO has regular engagement with Board members and senior colleagues including presenting to the Board as required.


Key Responsibilities

• Developing the SFO IT and digital strategy to increase the pace of investigating and prosecuting complex economic crime;

• Improving and delivering our document review platforms to drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness;

• Responsible for the SFO’s evidence handling and digital forensic capabilities, which are critical to ensure the physical and digital material acquired in the course of our investigations is handled, processed and analysed appropriately, in line with relevant legislation, including the ISO1075 standard;

• Managing relationships with key technology suppliers to present improvements in service delivery and value for money;

• In conjunction with the SIRO and the Departmental Security Unit (DSU), leading the technical elements of our information security efforts to ensure compliance with required standards and provide advice and assurance to the CCO;

• Ensuring the SFO adopts and integrates high-level policies from Government, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service as appropriate, and follows cross-government best practice and governance frameworks;

• Operating as a key member of the senior leadership team, acting across the organisation to ensure that resources are effectively deployed to deliver the department’s strategic objectives;

• Collaborating with senior colleagues to define and oversee the delivery of projects and programmes that aim to raise the overall capability and performance of the organisation’s people.


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