Executive Recruitment

Head of IT & Digital

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London Borough of Southwark
c.£96,000 plus benefits
Closing date:
6th February
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Thursday 6 February 2020
Preliminary Interview at our London Office
Tuesday 18 February 2020 to Thursday 20 February 2020
Assessment Process & Final Panel Interview
w/c Monday 2 March 2020 & w/c Monday 9 March 2020

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Southwark Council is in the process of modernising itself and the way it delivers services to its residents, communities, partners, staff, volunteers, business and visitors to this historic, progressive, vibrant London Borough. Southwark Council has already achieved much in meeting its strategic objective to make the Borough a fairer place for all, whilst acknowledging there is still more exciting work to do to make Southwark an even greater place to live, work, learn and visit. Technology and digital innovation have a key role to play in enabling this ambitious strategic vision, through the delivery of responsive, digitally enabled services that adapt well to change and which are designed around the needs of the users of our diverse range of public services. 

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Modernise, Southwark Council’s new Head of IT and Digital will be accountable for shaping, assuring and delivering progressive technology infrastructure and application services which enable the Council to benefit from the full range of opportunities, digital transformation has to offer. This will include close working and liaison with its shared ICT service from an IT infrastructure perspective and service leaders and stakeholders from the across the organisation to effect far reaching business change. As the senior technology professional for the Borough, this high profile role will include an outward facing aspect, positioning Southwark Council as an exemplar for technology and digital innovation and as a catalyst for thought leadership and sharing of knowledge across the Capital.

The Person

As Head of IT and Digital, you will be accountable for leading the IT and digital profession for Southwark Council, positioning it as an exemplar for its sector. An experienced technology leader for business applications, digital services and infrastructure provision within a complex organisation of comparable scale, you will be equally adept at defining an ambitious strategy in support of business change, whilst ensuring the delivery of consistent, resilient, flexible IT services through a shared ICT service operating model. This will include close working with two local authority partner delivery organisations, coupling an ability to work both autonomously and in partnership.

You will be an expert relationship manager, able to build and instil exemplary service management rigour, defining clear metrics against which delivery through your team and the shared ICT service can be objectively measured and value for money demonstrated. Experience of leading large, multi-disciplinary digital and technology teams 55 and significant revenue and capital budgets is essential. As a strategic leader, you will have the authority and credibility to quickly build collaborative relationships with senior managers, politicians, staff, partners and local communities.

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How To Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Adrian Barlow
07393 011150
Eleanor Lawrence
020 7426 3379
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