DWP seeks leader to drive use of tech to combat fraud and error

Written by Sam Trendall on 16 December 2019 in News
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Deputy director position comes with salary of £90,000

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The Department for Work and Pensions is seeking to appoint a senior manager to drive the use of technology to reduce mistakes and fraud.

The role as deputy director of fraud, error and debt comes with a remit to oversee “the definition and delivery of a range of next generation digital solutions into a large-scale, business critical live service”. This work will be in support of the department’s ambition to “prevent fraud and eliminate error”.

The tools in question will constitute a mix of services developed internally and those provided by one or more suppliers.


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The successful applicant will lead a team of 120 people, and will be expected to support the development and recruitment of skills across the department. 

The role, which comes with a salary of £90,000 per year, will be based in Manchester two or three days a week, and the chosen candidate can opt to spend the rest of the time in their choice of DWP office: Newcastle; Blackpool; London; Sheffield; or Leeds.

The DWP is seeking “an exceptional and authentic strategic digital and technology leader with energy, resilience and enthusiasm and a coherent track record of creating working dynamic environments in which large blended teams are motivated, equipped and proud to deliver significant business improvement and an exceptional user experience”.

Applications are open until 5 January, after which a longlist of candidates will be put forward for interview with recruitment firm GatenbySanderson. Those who progress to the shortlist will then undergo a leadership assessment and a staff-engagement exercise. 

During the subsequent final interview stage, which will take place in Manchester, candidates will be asked to deliver a five-minute presentation.

 

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