CCS looks to hire CDIO

Crown Commercial Service is offering nearly £150,000 for the role of chief digital information officer, who will be in charge of developing and delivering its digital and data strategy

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is searching for a chief digital information office (CDIO) to lead its digital transformation programme.

The CCS is offering up to £149,500 for the role, and is looking for someone with a proven track record of leading large-scale technology programmes.

This is a new role at the CCS, and the procurement body wants the CDIO to lead its digital and data services directorate. In the job candidate pack, CCS CEO Simon Tse said the organisation has an ambition to double the volume of spend through its deals and become a “£30bn per annum organisation within the coming years”.

He added: “To achieve this, we have significantly expanded our digital services team across the UK and this directorate will play a key role in meeting our ambitious growth plan, central to which is ensuring that customer demands are embedded into our digital strategy.

“This is a new role and an exciting opportunity to take forward and shape the digital services directorate at a time when significant focus will be given to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement across the entire public sector, and as we manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The CDIO will lead on “all aspects of digital transformation”, bringing fresh thinking and a new vision and direction.

“The growth opportunity is significant as you will play a critical part in the CCS’s expansion by delivering and embedding new customer-facing digital services,” said Tse.

“You will modernise and innovate around important aspects of our work – with scalable digital solutions, which we can re-use across multiple categories – so our customers can access the very best deals for the goods and services they need, simply and consistently.”

The CDIO will need to demonstrate agile programme management experience, have knowledge of the “contemporary digital landscape of organisations” and have experience in optimising practices and drive sustainable and measurable improvements.

According to the job ad, the CDIO will also be responsible for ensuring that “digitally driven solutions are supported by the right architectures, systems and metrics” and understand how to change the business culture required to deliver digital transformation.

Applications close on 15 December, with interviews taking place in the new year.

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