Parliament seeks £140k digital chief to lead three-year tech strategy

Parliamentary Digital Service advertises vacant position as managing director, a role that comes with oversight of a team of nearly 600 that delivers tech services for 10,000 staff and members

Parliament is seeking a new digital leader to spearhead the delivery of a long-term technology transformation strategy.

The Parliamentary Digital Service is currently recruiting for a managing director. The £140,00-a-year role sits at the head of a team of 580 people providing digital and IT services to thousands of people, encompassing members of the Houses of Commons and Lords and all other employees at the Palace of Westminster.

As well as overseeing such day-to-day tech operations, the new MD will take on responsibility for delivering the Information and Digital Strategy for Parliament, which covers the period from 2024 to 2027, according to the job advert.

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“You will play a critical role in support of both chambers, supporting some 10,000 users with diverse interests and needs in a dynamic, data centric organisation that routinely engages with, informs and supports UK citizens,” it said. “This is a complex stakeholder environment in which you’ll need to collaborate closely with other teams across both Houses to deliver excellent services to members and staff of both houses.”

The advert added: “You will need to bring a coherent and inspiring leadership style to effect the change required in an environment where the basics must be done well.  To this end, you will need to assess and update approaches to operations, service and project/programme delivery to ensure that initiatives deliver genuine benefits and value for money.  The establishment and development of mutually beneficial relationships with strategic partners will also be key, alongside maintaining a current view of emerging technologies, ensuring that client groups benefit from the latest relevant tools and approaches.”

Applications for the role are open until 11.55pm on 22 April.

Sam Trendall

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