Cabinet Office searches for CDO to lead digital and tech team

The Cabinet Office is looking to create a digital and technology team, with a chief digital officer (CDO) at its helm

The Cabinet Office is looking to create a digital and technology team, with a chief digital officer (CDO) at its helm.

The department is looking for a chief digital officer to oversee five new digital and technology sub-teams.

“The successful candidate will provide leadership to a new and evolving (in-house) digital and technology team, ensuring the delivery of world-class, flexible and responsive digital and technology services that meet the demands of business-critical users,” reads the job advert.

The CDO role will have a potential salary in the region of £90,000, and the applications must be received by 26 January 2015.

The Cabinet Office announced in a blog post that the five sub-teams will include: digital engagement, which will follow likes of the Government Digital Service (GDS), delivery using agile methodologies, architecture with technical expertise in networking and cloud, service operations to ensure services are up and running, and business operations to manage suppliers, cyber security and freedom of information requests.

The Cabinet Office plans to recruit for a number of roles across the five teams.

“We’re looking for talented, passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are excited by the challenge of delivering digital and technology services,” said Brett Johnson, internal recruitment specialist at the Cabinet Office.

Many Whitehall departments have started to follow a trend, promoted by GDS, to move towards a chief digital officer and chief technology officer model of IT leadership.

Over 100 digital and technology experts joined government departments in 2013 to 2014.

The recruitment has seen experts join to fill a variety of technical roles, as well as to strengthen digital leadership across Whitehall. Roles include CDO and CTOs, as well as technical architects and developers who are working to transform government digital services for citizens.

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

Another recent appointment was former Credit Suisse technology head Sarah Wilkinson as CTO of the Home Office in December. While another former Credit Suisse IT lead, Magnus Falk, was appointed the government’s new deputy chief technology officer (CTO) in August.


GDS has almost completed its transformation project to move 25 of the most used government services online.

The ambitious project began in January 2013, allowing 400 working days to complete the transformation of 25 services – from visa applications to benefit claims – which were identified as the first candidates to be redeveloped. By the end of the 400-day period, the 25 exemplars should be live or in the last stage of public testing. 

The government claims digitising public services will make cumulative savings of £1.2bn in this Parliament, rising to an estimated £1.7bn per year after 2015.

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