Recently created Government Property Agency seeks new Chief Digital and Technology Officer

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The successful candidate will be responsible for ‘automating processes’ and delivering a ‘business driven strategy’ across the Government Property Agency.

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The Government Property Agency (GPA) sits within the Cabinet Office as an Executive Agency and was created a little over 18 months ago to manage vast swathes of the government’s estate. Since then it has on-boarded £220 million of properties to the GPA balance sheet and intends to manage over 1,000 assets worth almost £1 billion by 2028. 

The Agency is now hiring its first Chief Digital and Technology Officer, who will be responsible for implementing a “comprehensive, business driven strategy for technology and digitisation which fully supports the present and future needs of the GPA”. 

A job posting adds that the first 12 months of the role will also mostly be focused on automating processes across the GPA landscape. 

Candidates interested in the job have until 8th January 2020 to apply. The salary being advertised is between £68,000 and £95,000. 

Steve Blake, director of finance and corporate services at the GPA, said: 

The GPA is a new agency of the Cabinet Office that is bringing 1,000 offices occupied by government departments across the UK under the ownership and management of one organisation. The GPA will transform the efficiency and effectiveness of this portfolio by improving and exploiting data about the properties (such as cost and utilisation); the introduction of technology that enables smarter working; and sharing space so departments can easily expand or reduce what they use (and pay-for) according to their business needs.

This transformation will be critically dependent on the development and delivery of a digital and technology strategy that provides the necessary data, analytics capabilities and shared infrastructure. 

There is a huge opportunity but it is not without significant technical, delivery, stakeholder and change management challenges. The GPA's Chief Digital and Technology Officer will lead this work. It is a great opportunity to play a key leadership role in the development of a new national organisation, to shape its vision, culture and strategy.

What’s involved? 

According to the job description, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following: 

  • Formulating and implementing a comprehensive business driven strategy for technology and digitisation which fully supports the present and future needs of the organisation

  • Engaging with stakeholders to warrant effective input into and support for the development and implementation of the digital strategy and technology plans

  • Managing the creation of technology in buildings, allowing for flexibility for working for different people and different departments

  • Building a high performing, motivated team that will deliver world class digital services through a culture of high performance and customer orientated delivery

  • Taking ownership of the development and delivery of innovation lead solutions that enable an increasingly mobile workforce 

  • Operating IT services for employees and GPA customers at multiple sites, encompassing all hardware, infrastructure, security, data and technology solutions for the business. 

Applicants need to have a proven track record of delivering large innovation-orientated transformation projects across a complex multi-vendor environment; have previous experience of building relationships with senior stakeholders; experience of developing a “value adding IT function”; an in-depth knowledge of technology trends; and the experience, character and personality to deal with the pressure associated with complex and fast paced changed. 

Blake added:

We are looking to hear from candidates that are experienced digital and technology specialists with a passion for transformation, that can inspire teams, influence stakeholders and deliver effective services. 

This role is as much about being a leader in the GPA as it is being an exceptional digital and technology professional, so it is crucial that you can share our values and promote an inclusive organisational culture.

A staff engagement panel will take place on Monday 27th January in Birmingham and interviews will take place on Thursday 6th February in London. To read the full Candidate Information Pack, click here