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DWP hunts for new CTO

David Bicknell Published 01 August 2017

£140K role will be focused on creating DWP’s enterprise wide architecture, design and infrastructure


The Department for Work and Pensions is looking to recruit a chief technology officer as part of its top level leadership team.

The position, which carries a £140K salary, will be expected to play an active role within the DWP Digital Executive team, as well as being a member of DWP’s senior management team, and be a senior digital leader across government.

In a candidate pack for the job introduced by DWP’s director general for Digital Technology, Mayank Prakash, the position is described as a critical hands-on leadership role, with responsibility for leading architecture design experts to set design standards and guidance across all domains, including software, data, integration, infrastructure, security and operational management.

The successful candidate will also lead operational service delivery ensuring that DWP’s services remain secure and resilient, and by eliminating operational downtime. He or she will also lead the design, development and delivery of large-scale hybrid, cloud delivery, including servers, storage, virtualisation, telephony services, firewalls, and internet gateways as well as lead DevOps, Engineering and QA practice for DWP to grow continuous integration and deployment capability with segregation of responsibilities.

Candidates will be expected to provide experience of leading infrastructure in a complex, high volume, secure business using a broad range of technologies and transforming data centres to IaaP/IaaS/IaaC, including a track record of effective commercial judgements on hosting; have a proven track record of driving commercial relationships with vendor partners to deliver outcomes for a scale business; and also have experience of driving value for money from budgets of over £500m.

The selection panel for the role will include Prakash and Government Digital Service capability director Holly Ellis. Interviews for the role will take place in early October.  The closing date for applications is August 28.

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