GDS floats £100k in bid to recruit strategy chief
Role comes with a remit to oversee the work of 140 staff across four areas
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The Government Digital Service is offering a salary in excess of £100,000 per year in its bid to recruit a director of strategy.
The successful candidate will hold overall accountability for four areas.
The first of these is “strategy and economics”, which includes responsibility for taking “translating [GDS’s] 2030 vision into robust implementation plan”.
The second area is “innovation and policy. This covers the GovTech Catalyst programme, and the realisation of the Government Technology Innovation Strategy, which was published by GDS last year.
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The strategy chief will also oversee all “communications and engagement”, as well as “strategy and content”. This last area involves “responsibility for owning and iterating the long-term vision and strategy for GOV.UK’s platform and content”.
Each of these domains is helmed by a deputy director, all four of whom will report into the strategic head honcho. The chosen applicant will have oversight of a total of 140 staff.
“The director of strategy is a substantial and challenging leadership role – both in GDS and in the governance of the [digital, data and technology] function as a whole,” the job advert said. “The postholder will be a key member of GDS’s senior executive leadership team, which has agreed an ambitious strategy to transform the DDaT function across government. The role supports the Cabinet Office in setting the strategic direction for the DDaT function, and is accountable for designing the changes to GDS required to realise the 2030 Vision.”
The position will be based at GDS headquarters in east London and comes with an annual pay packet of between £92,000 and £102,00.
Applications are open until midnight on 10 February.
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