Office for Veterans’ Affairs seeks leader for ‘innovative digital and data work’


The Cabinet Office unit dedicated to better supporting the UK’s two million former military personnel is advertising for a leader to improve digital services and maximise the availability of data

Government’s Office for Veterans’ Affairs is recruiting for a senior technologist to “lead and grow the OVA’s innovative digital and data work”.

The OVA, which is based in the Cabinet Office, is advertising a vacant position as head of digital and data – a role which comes with a salary of between £64,700 and £75,000. The successful candidate will be asked to “establish the digital and data vision as part of a wider veteran strategy”.

This vision will then inform ongoing work to use digital services to support former military personnel, as well as efforts to “maximise the data available on veterans to enable evidence-based decision making”.

This will involve “forming a backlog of problems to explore across the landscape of services for veterans”, and then “steering GOV.UK activity for veterans, as well as taking a user-centred view of iterative or transformational changes to the ecosystem of veteran services and data sources across government departments and the charity sector”.


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The Office for Veterans’ Affairs was created to serve as a central hub through which to coordinate and improve the support offered to the UK’s community of two million veterans – a figure to which 15,000 service leavers are added each year. One of the most visible programmes of work being overseen by the unit is the creation of a new veterans cards – a central strand of which the use of online processing and digital verification. Applications for the cards opened earlier this year.

The OVA’s new technology leader “will have the opportunity to shape strategy, and lead a small team of digital, data, and policy professionals”, as well as “joining the senior leadership team of the OVA, with an expectation that you take on wider leadership responsibilities to make the OVA a great team to be part of”.

Applications for the role are open until 11:55 pm on 24 June.

Sam Trendall

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