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Government Chief Digital Officer

Bristol, United Kingdom | Government of United Kingdom

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
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  • Functions:
    IT / Information Technology
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London, Manchester and Bristol with travel to these locations and other offices as required.

About the job


The UK Government’s ambition is to make its digital services the best in the world, exceeding the benchmark set globally by the best public or private sector standards. The coronavirus pandemic has provided new impetus and opportunity to this endeavour. Every decision relies upon the highest quality data and analysis. Every solution will benefit from technical expertise. The combined efforts of the Civil Service Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) profession are integral to the national response, protecting the economy and saving lives. Delivering this requires a major transformational effort: to update or replace numerous legacy technologies, accelerate the move to scalable cloud-based technologies, define the policies and interfaces needed to unlock the potential of the vast Government data sets, and embrace the latest technologies to pioneer ever-more convenient ways to deliver services to citizens and businesses, with ever greater efficiency.

This ambitious agenda will be led by the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO), a newly established role at the very centre of Government, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer of the Civil Service and will be Permanent Secretary level. The GCDO will be responsible for shaping the digital transformation and innovation strategies for all of Government, growing the technical talent of more than 18,000 DDaT professionals across the Civil Service, and representing the profession to industry and other Government stakeholders worldwide. They will be responsible for overhauling the Government’s legacy IT systems, strengthening cyber security, improving capability, and ensuring Government can better leverage data and emerging technologies to design and deliver citizen-centric services that enhance HMG’s reputation as the world’s most digitally advanced Government.

The GCDO will be an outstanding senior leader with a proven track record in digital transformation. They will have an established profile and be respected as a senior thought leader in the digital sector, with a strong track record of delivery in complex systems. They will have first-class relationship-building and communication skills, and will deploy sound judgement to make effective decisions, whilst using creativity and innovation to find new solutions to problems.


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