The chosen candidate will work in partnership with Police Force, the Fire Service, agencies and arms-length bodies of the Home Office involved in law enforcement to deliver a range of “high value, national police systems that are critical to national infrastructure”.
The Home Office recently revealed that it is planning to migrate some of Britain’s core policing systems from traditional on-premise data centres to the public cloud, hosted on Amazon Web Services.
The job posting for the Director role states that the chosen candidate will manage a large-scale blended ecosystem of internal teams and strategic delivery partners, “helping to digitalise policing through a range of pioneering systems developments that deliver advanced ways of working”.
The Home Office is looking for an “outstanding and influential leader” that has commercial acumen and will “bring gravitas” to the Police and Public Protection portfolio. It is hoped that the candidate will inspire external suppliers, partners and internal teams to “push the boundaries to deliver exceptional outcomes to agreed objectives, whilst maximising stakeholder corporation and confidence”.
The Police & Public Protection Technology directorate is primarily responsible for the design, build and deployment of national law enforcement systems, ensuring that they are highly effective, efficient systems which leverage modern digital technologies and provide world-class law enforcement capabilities. The department states that, as a result, it is required to work hand-in-glove with IT functions across Police Forces, Fire Service and agencies to ensure front to back design of core functions and services to law enforcement partners is facilitated by clearly specified, connected and interoperable systems at the national, regional and local level.
Joanna Davinson, chief digital, data and technology officer, said:
Our goals are to cut crime, prevent terrorism, control immigration, protect the vulnerable and respond effectively to crises. We are responsible for borders, immigration and citizenship throughout the United Kingdom, for national security within Great Britain and for public safety in England & Wales, at the heart of an operational community of over 300,000 public servants in over 100 organisations in which the country invests around 1% of our national income.
This is a unique opportunity to join a large and fast-paced Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) team at a critical time given the enormity and potential of the current agenda as well as the determination of ministers and senior civil servants to transform the way in which government technology is being designed, built and procured.
Davinson added that the department has made good progress on bringing back in-house its key design and architecture decisions, allowing it to directly control product development, putting users at the centre of its solutions.
We continue to enhance the quality of our services and industrialise our operations functions, building on new, common platforms and infrastructure. The opportunity for transformation across the Home Office is immense and it is clear that the department’s ability to deliver major transformational change depends hugely on our digital, data and technology capabilities.
If you have the appetite for very large scale digital transformation, to manage the technology that supports critical solutions to our nation, and to lead the teams that will deliver it, I look forward to receiving your application.
Those applying for the role will need to meet the following criteria:
- An experienced technology leader with a proven track record of successfully managing multiple high value, complex technology change projects in business critical, data rich business environments;
- A deep understanding of the design and engineering of technology systems, services and applications across a spectrum of core technologies;
- Extensive experience in the design and development of IT systems and management of their successful transition into Live environments;
- Prior experience of overseeing and contributing to the design and introduction of effective MI for a range of audiences;
- In-depth knowledge of Operational Risk in a relevant technology environment: able to identify, measure and mitigate risk relating to business-critical IT services and systems;
- Former P&L responsibility and an in-depth understanding of the economics of IT investment: able to establish and maximise effective commercial contracts with third party suppliers through contract bid,negotiation, grant and delivery phases. Strong track record of resolving commercial issues (alongside Procurement and Commercial colleagues);
- Demonstrable experience of delivering major Business Change & Transformation to large, complex and diverse customer and stakeholder organisations. Able to develop Target Operating Models which drive standardised ways of working with associated efficiencies.
Candidates have until 31st October 2018 to submit their applications and final panel interviews are set to be held the week commencing 10th December 2018.