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Department for Work and Pensions to recruit chief data officer

The Department for Work and Pensions is looking to hire a chief data officer with a potential salary of around £130,000

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is recruiting a chief data officer (CDO) to lead the department’s plans to design and implement a data platform.

The CDO will report to Mayank Prakash, the department’s chief digital and information officer, in a role offering a potential salary of around £130,000. 

Expected to lead “agile teams of 500 data scientists, data architects, data analysts, statisticians, data developers and engineers”, the CDO will work to improve intelligent use of data.  

In the information pack, offered as part of the job advertisement, Prakash said data driven intelligence is key to the department’s future plans. 

“Data driven intelligence is absolutely integral to our future plans. We exchange millions of data records every day, and are already seeing how data can improve outcomes,” he said.

“We look forward to a CDO leading our plans to design and deliver a data platform starting from user research, embedding dynamic real-time visualisation, unlocking data and reliable statistics through open APIs [application programming interfaces], ingesting data through large scale data engineering, as well as using machine learning and artificial intelligence to automate decisions.” 

DWP’s former director of digital transformation, Kevin Cunnington, recently left the department taking on a role as head of the Government Digital Service (GDS).  

Computer Weekly recently learned that Cunnington brought in several of his former colleague to help assess the unit that he took over in a controversial appointment earlier in August 2016. 

Sources told Computer Weekly that among the DWP digital experts brought in are Nic Harrison, DWP’s director of enabling digital delivery; Andrew Besford, head of business design; and Andrew Dennehy-Neil, head of the communications and engagement team in Cunnington’s former DWP business transformation unit.

However, the DWP involvement in GDS appears to be on a short-term advisory basis, rather than full-time appointments. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

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