Cabinet Office offers £145k in bid to recruit CDIO

Advert for role follows repeated attempts to find senior digital leaders

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The Cabinet Office is advertising for a new chief digital and information officer (CDIO), whose role will include setting plans for transformation across the department.

The job is offered on a permanent basis or two-year fixed term with the option of extension, with a salary of £145,000 for external candidates. The new CDIO will report to the Cabinet Office’s chief operating officer Sarah Harrison.

“I’m looking for a confident, user focused, highly experienced technology leader who has a passion for finding better and innovative ways of doing things,” she wrote in the job’s information pack. “Someone who can drive digital, data and technology strategies and deliver results; who can build strong partnerships across complex organisations; who can transform and simplify our legacy systems.”

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The job will involve managing functions including cybersecurity, data and analytics and technology support for hybrid working. Applications close on 10 January 2022 with interviews planned to take place on 18 February.

The Cabinet Office advertised a CDIO post in April 2019. Then in September that year, it launched recruitment for a government-wide CDIO, an £180,000 salary permanent secretary-level role based in the Cabinet Office. The role was not filled and in August 2020 the government advertised a post of government chief data officer.

In January 2021, the government appointed Joanna Davinson as the executive director of a Central Digital and Data Office, which sits within the Cabinet Office. Davinson and Daljit Rehal, CDIO for HM Revenue and Customs, are on the recruitment panel for the new role.


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