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Cabinet Office seeks chief digital information officer

The newly created role will sit within the Government Digital Service and lead a 630-strong reporting function for digital, data and technology strategy

The Cabinet Office is looking to recruit a chief digital information officer (CDIO) to manage its digital, data and technology organisation, as well as strategy development and leadership.

With an annual salary of up to £149,000, the newly created job will have line management responsibility for eight deputy directors and an overall indirect reporting function with about 630 staff.

Providing technology, network and operational support for more than 10,000 users across the Cabinet Office estate, including the Government Digital Service (GDS), Government Property Agency, Civil Service HR and Crown Commercial Service, will be one of the main areas of responsibility for the chosen candidate.

The CDIO for Cabinet Office will also be expected to support the implementation of technology infrastructure as part of the Government Hubs programme being run by the Government Property Agency.

Reporting to Kevin Cunnington, director general at the Government Digital Service, to whom the CDIO is expected to provide strategic technical guidance, the position is described as a “substantial and challenging role”.

In a welcome message in the candidate information pack for the job, Cunnington said: “In your capacity as CDIO, you will join a network of digital, data and technology leaders that has developed into an essential forum for coordinating and driving transformation, collaboration and innovation across government.”

“With your senior colleagues from other departments, you will set standards and maintain a shared vision to deliver transformation,” he said.

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“You’ll be a role model and a relentless champion of government as a place where everyone can thrive and diversity can flourish; a place that reflects the public we serve.”

The closing date for applications is 22 May, with assessments of shortlisted candidates taking place between 24 June and 1 July and final interviews carried out on the week commencing 8 July.

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