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Whitehall trade department seeking tech "reset" leader

Neil Merrett Published 09 March 2017

Technology transformation director being sought to lead efforts to replace numerous existing solutions with single device


The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking a technology transformation director to lead a revised approach to IT and service delivery.

The department, which was established following the EU referendum to look at new opportunities for trading outside of the single market, expects the new role, which carries a salary of £90,000, to “reset” the organisation’s approach to technology.

“This individual will lead the delivery of the transformed IT for DIT’s staff, as well as providing strategic advice to ministers on key issues relating to IT and cyber security in the Department,” said the job advertisement . “It is crucial that they are comfortable interacting with and influencing a wide range of senior stakeholders, as well as delivering at pace in complex environments.”

According to the department, staff have been making use of devices and services provided from other departments including the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

“It will be the IT director’s role to ensure DIT’s IT services offer a practical and holistic solution for our staff working in the UK and in our overseas network that is of a high quality in both service and experience,” said documentation for the post.

The department’s Executive Board favours replacing reliance on a number of different solutions currently in use with a streamlined approach potentially delivered via a single device.  It is hoped the approach would support more interoperable working between different groups in the department through a secure service that can match the performance of technology staff may use at home.

Under its present remit, the DIT has been devised to set out a new trade and investment policy for UK businesses, while developing potential free trade deals and market access with non-EU countries.  This work will also include trying to support exporters and attract foreign investment.

A revised technology plan is expected to be at the heart of meeting the department’s key aims, with the technology transformation director expected to build up and lead the new digital team.

Interested candidates have until April 3 to submit applications for the role, with short listing then expected to take place early in May. A final panel interview will then start later the same month.

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