Cabinet Office offers £150k for CDIO

Postholder will manage a £51m budget

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The Cabinet Office is offering an annual salary of up to £149,000 in its bid to recruit a chief digital and information officer.

The postholder will work across the Cabinet Office’s various agencies, including the Government Property Agency, Civil Service HR, Government Digital Service, and Crown Commercial Service. The newly created role will sit within GDS, and the successful applicant will, effectively, form part of the organisation’s second tier of management, reporting into director general Kevin Cunnington.

The CDIO will have direct line-management responsibility for eight deputy directors and, beyond that, a wider organisation of 630 people. 

The post also comes oversight of an annual IT and services budget of £51m. 

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The chosen candidate will assume overall accountability for “developing and delivering the digital, data and technology strategy and plan”. Part of this will involve promoting the “embedment and execution of sound agile and digital delivery methodologies, technologies and mindsets throughout the Cabinet Office”.

The CDIO will also play a key role in assisting with the implementation of tech infrastructure as part of the Government Hubs programme being run by the Government Property Agency.

In a welcome message in the candidate pack, Cunnington said: “In your capacity as Cabinet Office CDIO, you will join a network of digital, data and technology leaders that has developed into an essential forum for coordinating and driving transformation, collaboration and innovation across government. With your senior colleagues from other departments you will set standards and maintain a shared vision to deliver transformation.” 

Applications for the role are open until midday on 22 May. Assessments of shortlisted candidates will take place in the two-week period beginning on 24 June, with final interviews scheduled for the week commencing 8 July.


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