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BEIS hunts for a new Chief Digital and Information Officer

Matteo Natalucci Published 18 October 2017

£125k role will be responsible for driving the digital transformation across BEIS to improve commercial innovation and effective delivery


The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for a new Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) to lead its digital, data and technology team. 

BEIS, which was created in July 2016 as a result of a merger between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, is responsible for developing and delivering industrial strategy, leading the government’s relationship with business, ensuring the country has secure energy, tackling climate change and guaranteeing that the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation. 

The key priorities for the CDIO role include moving from legacy systems to a more dynamic solution and driving digital transformation across BEIS to improve commercial innovation and effective delivery. 

BEIS wants to identify a senior leader with a proven track record of defining and driving a digital transformation. The successful candidate will provide strong leadership and senior-level advocacy for the delivery of IT and digital technology solutions with the ability to work with executive and non-executive colleagues. 

Candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to strategically transform the technology estate and embed a sustainable digital capability across the department as well as excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills.

Angie Ridgwell, BEIS DG for Finance & Corporate Services, said in the notice, “The successful candidate will need the strategic vision, credibility and delivery experience to lead the Digital, Data and Technology team and wider organisation through a period of significant change. In addition to overhauling our legacy contracts and technology, we intend to open up our data and re-design our customer and internal processes to be digital by default.”

Kevin Cunnington, director general at the Government Digital Service and head of the digital, data and technology profession said, “With your senior colleagues from other departments you will set standards and maintain a shared vision to deliver transformation.”

“You’ll share best practice and drive collective efficiencies wherever possible; support and guide our cross government programmes to build digital, data and capability and make government a destination of choice for digital, data and technology professionals”, Cunnington added.

Applications close on November 3 with the final panel interview scheduled for December 11.

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