CDDO seeks engineering chief to ‘lead thinking of technologists across government’

Central Digital and Data Office is recruiting a senior manager to join its leadership team in a role overseeing technical guidance for all departments as well as exploring emerging technology

The Central Digital and Data Office is recruiting for a government chief engineer to join its leadership team.

The role, which forms part of the organisation’s chief technology officer directorate, comes with the remit of “working with departments, developing and publishing practical, useful respected technical guidance across all technology domains” and “leading the thinking of technologists across government”. The postholder will also be responsible for “engaging with industry to build partnerships”, according to the job advert.

Another function of the job will be “researching new technologies, determining their potential and defining practical strategies for adoption”, as well as “making the case for investment in common capabilities and transformational technologies”.

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The chief engineer is expected to play “a key role” in supporting CDDO’s delivery of the plans and programmes set out in the three-year government digital and data roadmap, published in 2022. In particular, the successful candidate will focus on “addressing legacy technology risk, enabling the reuse of common technology services, and introducing new technologies”.

The chosen applicant will also oversee the development of dedicated technology engineering strategies and will then “work with departments to align strategies across government”.

The job advert added: “As part of the CDDO leadership team, you would have the unique opportunity to work closely with committed purpose-driven civil service leaders from across the 32,000 strong Government Digital and Data function to lead an ambitious transformation programme that has the potential to make the UK a better place for us all.”

The role sits in senior civil service pay band 1, meaning that it offers a salary of between £75,000 and £117,800. The pay packet offered to the selected appointee will depend on their skills and experience.

Applications are open until 11:55 pm on 23 April. Next month, shortlisted candidates will then undertake a virtual staff-engagement exercise, followed by an informal chat with CDDO leadership and, finally, a scenario exercise and panel interview.

Sam Trendall

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