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New HMRC CDIO Jacky Wright leads finance director hunt

David Bicknell Published 12 October 2017

Department to appoint new £130K finance role for CDIO function charged with ensuring HMRC extracts maximum value from its IT spend


New HM Revenue & Customs Director General and chief digital and information officer (CDIO) Jacky Wright is making her mark in the role by leading the recruitment of a new Finance Director for the CDIO function. 

The role, which carries a £130,000 salary, will be expected to lead HMRC’s Finance Department in supporting the ongoing transformation of the division, which HMRC says, “operates in a mixed insource and outsource delivery model.”

The successful candidate for the role will have the “ability to and experience of operating at scale with an understanding and awareness of the technology environment that we are working in. However, what will set you apart in this field will be your experience of working with large, complex contracts across multi suppliers and your ability to think strategically - positioning us as a business to successfully navigate the next round of contracts as part of this programme.”

Wright’s picture heads up the candidate pack together with chief finance officer Justin Holliday and the new Finance Director will report directly to her, with a dotted line to Holliday.

According to the candidate pack, the role will lead the people in CDIO Finance, Planning and Control to:

  • Provide strategic advice to the CDIO and own team on all finance, resource, suppliers, investment and organisational performance matters within CDIO.
  • Protect the commercial interests of HMRC in the negotiation of new supplier agreements.
  • Ensure the CDIO Financial Strategy is implemented – including supporting the transformation of a large scale IT function which operates in a mixed insource and outsource delivery model.
  • Drive organisational performance and accountability throughout CDIO by utilising best practice financial and performance management techniques, and
  • Model and explore alternative ways of running the CDIO function, understanding and planning the financial, operational and commercial implications.

The responsibilities will include maintaining the forensic analysis of HMRC’s IT cost base (around £1bn) in order to achieve major cost reduction; bring transformational change to HMRC’s approach to IT spend and identify cost savings through benchmarking and analysis; and ensure HMRC is extracting maximum value from its IT spend.

Wright will be on the selection panel, together with Civil Service Commissioner Isabel Doverty, Holliday, and CDIO HR Director Hannah Watson.

The closing date for applications is Monday November 6.

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