Chief Executive Officer, Government Digital Service

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is situated at the heart of the Cabinet Office, overseeing digital transformation and innovation strategies for all of Government. Since its creation in 2011, the service has worked with departments and local authorities to help in the delivery of services that meet the needs of users, save money, and improve the efficiency of the public sector. It is responsible for growing technical talent across the Civil Service and representing the 18,000-strong digital, data and technology (DDaT) profession to industry and other Government stakeholders worldwide.

The Chief Executive Officer of GDS is a Director General level post, and the successful candidate will be responsible for creating and implementing a vision and strategy for the delivery of common components, products and platforms that meet departments’ diverse needs and citizens’ growing expectations. They will assure and oversee the implementation of technical strategies that will deliver robust, scalable and elegant products that will transform Government services and will oversee the GDS budget. The Chief Executive chairs the GDS Executive Board, managing and overseeing performance, delivery, risk, budget and people.

We are seeking an inspiring and talented senior leader with a proven track record in digital transformation and service delivery, passionate about technology and about solving some of society’s hardest problems through product solutions. The Chief Executive will need deep experience of leading teams that develop, deliver and run digital products to scale in complex private or public organisations. They will be a champion of user-centred design, with a deep understanding of user behaviour and have the ability to influence and be highly credible with specialist technical and non-technical audiences, including with the public sector and industry, civil servants and Ministers.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon, Friday 23rd October 2020.

The Civil Service is committed to equality for all and welcomes applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The Cabinet Office has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please click Apply!