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HMRC launches recruitment to replace former CDIO Mark Dearnley

David Bicknell Published 07 April 2017

Role has been covered on an interim basis by Mike Potter since Dearnley’s departure last autumn; advertised role carries £180K salary


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has finally got round to recruiting a replacement for Mark Dearnley, its chief digital and information officer (CDIO) who left late last year.

The role, which carries a salary of £180,000, had been filled on an interim basis by Mike Potter, who has served as director of digital transformation for the organisation.

Now, HMRC’s job advertisement says it is looking to recruit a new Director General (DG) Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) who will “shape and transform the way HMRC work - developing the capability to provide better online services to the taxpayer and customer to achieve faster and more effective models of delivery at optimal cost.”

It said the role “requires the ability to engage and lead people as well as position HMRC in the cross government agenda playing a full role across Whitehall and supporting smaller government departments. The CDIO will lead the 2200 people strong department and manage an expenditure of more than £800m.”

The closing date for applications for the role will be May 5, with a long-list meeting to be held the week commencing May 15, a short list to be decided week commencing June 5, and final interviews to be held in the week commencing June 26.

HMRC said it had retained an external agency, Russell Reynolds Associates, to assist with the appointment.

In its job advertisement, HMRC said the candidate for the role will bring a proven track record of successfully leading a large-scale IT division with extensive experience and professional capabilities, including high level digital strategy expertise gained from a multi-channel business.  He or she will possess Board level leadership experience of driving an extensive and challenging change programme across large, complex and multi-functional private or public sector organisations. He or she is also expected to be a successful manager of complex multi-location teams and be able to work within a rapidly evolving environment as well as having the “proven ability to challenge, influence and debate as is befitting of a Director-General level role.

HMRC said experience is likely to have been drawn from a previous CIO role or equivalent in a similar large, complex and multidimensional organisation.

An HMRC spokesperson said, "This is an exciting and challenging role at the heart of HMRC's transformation to deliver world class online services. HMRC's digital offer has significant reach and this role is a real opportunity to deliver great services for individuals and businesses".

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