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Chief Information Officer – Defence Intelligence

The Defence Intelligence (DI) Chief Information Officer (CIO) will be a key member of the DI senior leadership team and is responsible for championing, managing and overseeing the delivery of Defence Intelligence’s digital transformation, management of ICT and innovation.


Job description

Essential Criteria for the role:
  • Excellent leadership and the ability to define the digital vision and deliver change.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and the ability to speak with authority to senior officials and ministers.
  • Complex ICT digital transformation and innovation experience.
  • An understanding of the secure systems, processes, organisations and mechanisms used in a secure environment.
  • Strong partner and customer orientation and ability to deliver outside formal line management arrangements.
  • An ability to build, lead and manage a diverse team across different locations, encouraging innovation and fostering an inclusive environment.
  • Experience directing and coordinating technical teams.


The post holder has wide-ranging responsibilities for both change and ‘business as usual’ activities covering:
  • Growing and leading the new information/CIO team and incorporating the innovation pillar of DI;
  • Leading the implementation of a Digital and Information Strategy that is transformative in its ambition and provides a data centric approach to our processes and services;
  • Establishing a close working relationship with the Defence CIO and other government agencies.
  • Driving information exploitation (including analytics) to enable DI outputs, driving transformation and eliciting intelligence information requirements through intelligent customer engagement;
  • Acting as DI’s Chief Data Officer with responsibility for the development and execution of DI’s data strategy covering data ownership, data sources, data quality and data protection;
  • Leading DI information management and interoperability programmes, projects and innovation;
  • Optimise business processes to enable faster exploitation of technology;
  • Championing information behavioural changes and digitisation across DI so that data and information is valued,owned, appropriately managed, quality improved and better exploited in a timelier manner.
  • The role also requires considerable representative management across Defence, NATO and international forums and will involve travel in the UK and overseas.
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