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HMCTS looks for digital architecture chief

David Bicknell Published 11 May 2017

£90K role will be at forefront of delivering digital transformation for courts and tribunals


The government’s Courts and Tribunals Service is looking to appoint a head of digital architecture , a role that carries a £90K salary at SCS Pay Band 1.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (IHMCTS), an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and the non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

According to the “candidate pack” for the role, the department is embarking on a significant six-year, £1bn transformation programme “that will revolutionise the setting of justice.” It argues that digital transformation is at the heart of planned changes for courts and tribunals and that the head of digital architecture role will be at the forefront of activity.

The role’s responsibilities will include owning the HMCTS Digital Change technology “roadmap” and providing hands-on technical leadership in the development, operation and ongoing improvement of a “complex, transformational digital service serving millions of users”; providing  technology leadership by developing a deep understanding of the department’s digital service user needs and ensuring that its technology supports them; liaising with MOJ Tech and MOJ Digital on joint approaches; and “understanding and managing system quality with regards to simplicity, usability, availability, security and fraud avoidance”.

The post-holder will report to the director, HMCTS Digital Change.

It appears likely that the successful candidate for the role will be expected to work closely with SMEs and have a broad knowledge of procurement approaches. One of the questions specifying the role asks, “Do you have extensive experience of wide range of digital suppliers including SMEs, and of innovative approaches to sourcing services?”

He or she will also be expected to have a deep understanding and experience of using agile project management techniques and working practices, open source, cloud platforms and digital services.

Discussing the role in a candidate pack for the position, HMCTS digital director Kevin Gallagher said:  “Our digital team has a huge role to play in supporting the court and tribunals services. We are looking for an exceptional digital architect, who will lead and develop our architecture and cyber security teams…and who can provide technical leadership of delivery of operational digital service.”

The closing date for applications for the role is Friday May 26, with interviews expected to be carried out in the week commencing June 26.

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