Crown Commercial Service seeks new director to help deliver its digital strategy

Profile picture for user ddpreez By Derek du Preez February 6, 2019
The Crown Commercial Service manages public procurement policy and delivery on behalf of the UK government, where it has saved billions of pounds in recent years.

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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is on the hunt for a deputy Director of Strategic Delivery, a role which commands a salary of up to £117,800, to help deliver the organisation’s Technology and Digital Strategy.

CCS works alongside the Government Digital Service (GDS) and is responsible for the government’s procurement policy and delivery. For example, it is responsible for the Digital Marketplace, which hosts the G-Cloud framework, and Common Technology Services.

There has always been some tension between GDS and CCS, as the latter is seen as a bit ‘old school’ in its approach. That being said, last year it claims to have helped its customers - the public sector - save £5.7 billion.

In a job posting, CCS states that it has a growing and changing technology estate, as well as supports an extensive buyer and supplier customer base. It has embarked on an “ambitious transformation to create a fully digital business” which it hopes will support both its external customers and the ways of working for internal teams.

The successful applicant will report to CCS’s Chief Digital and Technology Officer and form part of the Technology Leadership Team.

CCS has said:

“This role creates, manages and continuously improves on multiple programmes using agile and lean principles and methodologies, typically to deliver specific products or transformation via a number of multi-disciplinary, highly skilled digital, data and technology teams.

“This role provides the clear link between Business Strategy, Architectural Vision and technical delivery execution.”

The new Director will be directly responsible for “leadership, delivery management, financial and technology business management, vendor management”, said CCS.

In terms of requirements, CCS is asking that applicants be:

  • A knowledge broker and conflict resolver
  • Creative, investigative, practical, tolerant of ambiguity and be willing to backtrack.
  • Good at working at an abstract level
  • Committed to others’ success. Empathetic, approach. An effective change agent, process savvy. A good mentor and teacher.
  • Be able to see from and sell to multiple viewpoints. To be sensitive to where the power is and how it flows in the organisation.
  • Be charismatic, credible, committed, dedicated and passionate.

With regards to experience, applicants should have:

  • Extensive experience of running a large technology delivery portfolio
  • Procurement and commercial management experience
  • Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to lead, inspire and motivate people
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships at senior levels, including Ministers
  • An ability to foresee and mitigate potential issues, as well as an ability to challenge assumptions in an assertive yet constructive way.
  • Have a credible understanding of the use and importance of modern technology assets, and preferably, the digital transformation of government.

Potential candidates have until 25th February 2019 to submit their applications.