Kingston and Sutton jointly seek digital chief

Written by Sam Trendall on 30 July 2019 in News
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London boroughs recruiting senior manager to spearhead transformation 

 

 

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The London boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Sutton are recruiting for a leader to spearhead an ongoing digital-transformation programme.

The boroughs, which sit next to one another in the south west of the capital, have run a shared IT service since 2013. At the start of this year, they agreed a joint digital strategy covering a range of planned initiatives up to 2021, including examining the possibility of moving datacentres into the cloud, and conducting a review of digital design processes.

The councils are now jointly seeking to appoint an assistant director of digital and IT. 

In addition to the two local authorities, the chosen candidate will also serve as the tech chief for a third organisation: Achieving for Children, a social enterprise specialised in children’s social care that is jointly owned and run by the London boroughs of Kingston and Richmond, and the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire.


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The digital and IT post comes with a remit to expand the shared service to include more arm’s-length organisations, as well as increasingly focusing on delivering digital services. 

“Since the shared ICT service launched in 2013, the two councils have invested to replace their respective legacy arrangements with a common and modernised infrastructure. Technology is now a real enabler of effective service delivery and digital is at the forefront of this,” the boroughs said. “The new postholder will be critical in ensuring a continued fit for purpose IT infrastructure across all partners, whilst also helping to shape the future digital strategies and services for the residents, citizens and businesses of three high-profile partners, and supporting these organisations through an ambitious programme of continued transformation.”

The councils are seeking applicants who have “experience of leading an ICT function through major change”.  

The role, for which applications are open until 12 August, offers a “competitive” salary.

 

 

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