DWP begins search for CTO

The Department for Work and Pensions is looking for a new CTO, who will report into the director general of technology Mayank Prakash

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for a new chief technology officer (CTO), who will report into the director general of technology Mayank Prakash.

A job advert states the role will be responsible for leading the technical strategy and architecture for DWP’s customer-facing technology and public services.

The successful applicant will lead a team of more than 100 technology architects, and will need to understand and use the design principles outlined by the Government Digital Service (GDS) in creating digital public transactions.

The job advert states applicants would “naturally prioritie user needs over processes and tools,” suggesting the role would be focussed more on the business outcomes than the technology itself.

In the job advert, Prakash said the role is one of the most challenging and rewarding technology roles in the UK today. 

“It requires an individual with a unique combination of credible leadership skills at a senior level and hands-on technical expertise to influence technology design that affects millions of lives. 

"I joined DWP motivated by this opportunity to make a difference. I find myself working with a team of colleagues who trust each other and are determined to deliver critical next-generation national infrastructure.”

A DWP spokesperson added: “The post of chief technology officer will report directly to the director General of technology Mayank Prakash, as part of his executive team. This role will combine leadership and technology expertise to define the department’s next-generation technology strategy, including supporting the design of high-quality digital services that focus on user needs.”

The role is currently being filled by Jon Ayre, who has been the CTO at DWP on an interim contract since August 2013. The role is now being advertised as a full-time position.

Shortly after the appointment of Ayre, the department appointed its first director general for digital transformation, with the job going to Kevin Cunnington.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26 January 2015.

In March 2014, Andy Nelson resigned as CIO at DWP. Since then, DWP has followed the trend of other departments, as promoted by GDS, by seeming to be moving towards a chief digital officer and chief technology officer model of IT leadership.

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