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MOD seeks Director General Chief Information Officer 

Matteo Natalucci Published 21 August 2017

£180k role will be responsible for driving the development of the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Digital and ICT standards, governance processes and performance metrics


The Ministry of Defence (MOD)  is recruiting a Director General Chief Information Officer (CIO) to be the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital. The post holder will lead the development of MOD strategy and policy on the operation, interoperability and protection of all MOD's ICT, including cyber security and resilience. 

The new CIO recruitment competition follows the departure of Mike Stone at the end of March this year with the department then deciding how best to replace his experience and influence. The MoD confirmed then that Major General Ivan Hooper, ISS Director Service Operations would be replacing Stone on an interim basis.

The plan was that Hooper would become the chief executive of MoD Information Systems and Services (ISS), a cluster within the Joint Forces Command Top Level Budget of the UK Ministry of Defence. He would create a unique leadership team which would see him work closely with a CIO for the MoD, who at the time had yet to be recruited. It appears as if the current recruitment follows that plan.

The new CIO will be accountable for the MOD's statutory compliance, quality, timeliness and security of all departmental information. The new recruit will deliver the MOD’s ICT programme to meet its strategic objectives and budget. The CIO will be in charge of managing a team of 2,000 staff and with control of an annual operating cost budget for Digital and ICT delivery of £223m and direct capital expenditure of £1.8b.  

Applicants will need to demonstrate board level leadership experience of driving an extensive and challenging change programme across large, complex and multi-functional private or public-sector organisations as well as proven ability to challenge, influence and debate as is befitting of a Director-General level role. Also, the candidate should bring a track record of successfully leading a large-scale IT division, including high-level digital strategy expertise. 

According to the job specification, although experience in working within the defence sector is not essential, it may be helpful. 

The closing date for applications is September 11. Pre-interview discussions with Stephen Lovegrove and General Sir Chris Deverell expected to start in October. 

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