Supreme Court creates IT and digital leadership role

Postholder will play a key role in delivering new digital and data transformation programmes


The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has created a new role for a head of IT and digital services.

In a recently published job advert, the institution said that the position comes with the remit “oversee, continuously improve and lead the end to end in house IT provision and capability”. This may include ad hoc and out-of-hours emergency work that would add an additional £6,000 to an annual salary of up £68,000.

As well as supporting the use of IT systems, the chosen candidate will also play a “key role in the court’s Change Programme, which will create new digital services supported by modern technology to transform the way in which we deliver services to both our internal and external users”.

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Oversight of the court’s IT estate will include management of budgets and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior managers and commercial suppliers. The IT and digital chief will also be expected to “provide the bridge between technology delivery and cybersecurity assurance to ensure the UKSC can exploit the latest technologies” in a secure manner.

The court’s transformation plans, meanwhile, will include dedicated strategies in digital and data, which the chosen applicant will be central to creating and implementing. 

“The postholder will bring vision and commitment to enable the IT and digital services at the court to flourish by equipping and motivating staff, supporting the delivery of planned initiatives, and the Change Programme,” the job advert said. “This is a key role in a small, prestigious, values-driven organisation.”

Applications are open until 11.55pm on 18 September.

The UK Supreme Court is the final and ultimate court in which the judgement of civil and criminal cases can be appealed – with the exception of criminal cases in Scotland, which are heard by a devolved equivalent. It also “hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population”, according to its website.


Sam Trendall

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