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Companies House bids to acquire new digital director

David Bicknell Published 04 December 2017

BEIS agency responsible for incorporating and dissolving limited companies will offer £100K-£125K to find leader to solve two-fold digital challenge


Companies House wants to recruit a director of digital services to help drive the agency’s digital transformation and provide a new generation of digital services for its customers and staff. 

The role, which will be based in Cardiff, carries a £100K-£125K salary.  The successful candidate will report to the agency’s chief executive and be a key member of its executive team. He or she will lead the digital directorate, which consists of 210 people, and directly manage the senior management team of four, who lead the development, product, IT services and project teams.

The successful candidate is likely to be an experienced senior manager, within either the private or public sector, who is experienced in delivering transformational change to business technologies and processes, making cost savings and delivering service improvements for customers.

Companies House, an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.

There are more than 3 million limited companies registered in the UK, and 500,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

The director of digital services job specification says that having been at the forefront of the first wave of government digital services, the agency’s current digital challenge is two-fold: to replace existing digital services with a single portal offering that enables users to do everything they're required to digitally, and to replace its internal services so that the Companies House team can benefit from the same design and usability standards.

The agency’s digital directorate staff belong to four teams that work together to design, develop and support the digital services required by Companies House’s staff and its users.

The spec adds, “The future for our IT services, underpinning our ambitions for new digital services, lies in migrating business critical services to Infrastructure as a Service as well as increasing use of cloud-based services for standard, Software as a Service utilities. 

“These, combined with our commitment to developing our people and to collaboration and Agile working, will ensure that Digital Services plays a central part in achieving our Companies House vision to be the best registry in the world.”

The new director will be expected to work closely with the Government Digital Service (GDS), BEIS and wider government; lead and inspire Companies House staff to deliver digital transformation at pace; provide strong leadership focusing on delivering outcomes, valuing people, customer service and efficiency using a one team approach; champion customer insight and usability in the design and delivery of services; and deliver a cyber security and data security strategy.

The closing date for applications is this Friday, December 8, with interviews scheduled for week commencing January 22 2018.

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