Government Communication Service creates £100k-plus digital leadership role

Professional body for 7,000 comms professionals across government has created a position with a remit to develop digital strategy, drive transformation, and ensure leading tech talent is developed and retained

The government-wide body for communications professionals has created a new role for a digital leader to help set strategy, drive transformation and retain leading technical talent.

The Government Communication Service (GCS) – which comprises the 7,000 members of the comms profession across the civil service – is recruiting for a deputy director of digital transformation.

The newly established position, which will be based in the Cabinet Office alongside other GCS leadership, comes with a salary of up to £117,800.

The role has “three main parts”, according to the job advert, the first of which is “developing the strategy and standards for the digital discipline within GCS”.

The second strand of the tech leadership role will be “leading cross-government GCS digital transformation programmes including shared digital tools and services”. The final element will be “leading strategies to attract, retain and develop digital talent within GCS”.

“Digital innovation and improvement is at the heart of the GCS Strategy published in 2022 – Performance with Purpose – and will help us deliver on our commitment to work better together across Government to tackle the biggest challenges the country faces,” the advert added. “[This] is a new leadership post and will be responsible for driving a step-change in the way government communicators use digital tools, channels and innovations to speak with the British public, developing the capability of the digital comms profession across GCS.”

It added: “You will be expected to identify a pipeline of opportunities for digital transformation and develop, test and scale these across GCS. You will lead on the development and coordinated roll-out of a cross-government digital communications strategy, firmly establishing a central approach to audience targeting, objective-setting and impact measurement and  harnessing of rapid digital and technological change to increase engagement with the public and the effectiveness of our comms.  You will also be responsible for opening up these technological opportunities for ministers, departments, and ALBs, while at the same time supporting them with a drive to improve standards and engagement in digital content across government.”

Applications for the post are open until 11.55pm on Sunday 19 November.

Sam Trendall

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