GDS on the hunt for new Director of Technology, Product and Delivery

Profile picture for user ddpreez By Derek du Preez February 22, 2018
The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful running of GDS’ programme of work, with an annual budget of £85 million.

The Government Digital Service

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is looking for a new Director of Technology, Product and Delivery, a role that will report directly into Director General Kevin Cunnington.

The job posting states that the successful candidate will “plan, direct, and coordinate all of GDS’s product management, technical capability and digital delivery”, and will command a salary of approximately £135,000.

GDS has faced a turbulent few weeks, with a number of high profile employees leaving the organisation, and with DCMS making a power-grab for parts of the department’s portfolio (data). Diginomica/government has been calling for GDS to rethink its approach, as there are growing concerns that it has lost its way in recent years.

According to the job posting, the Director will be responsible for running GDS’ programme of work with an annual budget of £85 million.They will have line management responsibility for four Deputy Directors and an overall indirect report of 550 staff.

In the candidate information pack, Director General, Kevin Cunnington, said:

We have done some amazing work over the past few years. We are leading the digital transformation of government, making public services simpler, clearer and faster to use.

The UK is recognised as a world leader in digital government; it ranks at the top of the United Nations’ e-government index. The US Digital Service is modelled on GDS, the New Zealand Government has used GOV.UK source code for their own online presence; countries like Canada and Australia are modelling their transformation on ours; and we have won awards including the Design Museum design of the year award for GOV.UK.

I have been inspired by the team here. But we’ve only just started. The potential to shape our society’s future is enormous and our purpose is to continue to deliver real, meaningful change for users; and make government work better for everyone.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Organisational leadership: Lead the day-to-day running of GDS’ products and delivery so that GDS remains a high-performing organisations which meets its objectives.
  • Strategy: Work with the GDS Management Team to shape GDS’ product, delivery, and technical support strategy. Establish future direction in line with the Government Transformation Strategy and emerging cross-government EU Exit requirements.
  • GDS Products: Maintain suite of Government as a Platform products and set future direction for cross-government platforms, including GOV.UK Verify. Ensure the proper processes, tools and people are leveraged to deliver the very best digital support and delivery.
  • GOV.UK: Maintain and operate this piece of national infrastructure to industry levels. Develop the strategy for evolution in line with emerging needs and government requirements.

The job description states:

The post-holder will plan, direct, and coordinate all of GDS’s product management, technical capability and digital delivery.

The post-holder will streamline organisational performance, productivity and efficiency. They will develop and maintain a reputation as an exemplar of digital delivery and technical operations across government.

They will lead the delivery of transformation across government in a fast-moving and demanding environment.

Applicants have until the 18th March to apply and interviews are set to be held on 9th May.