Chief Digital & Information Officer

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Leeds City Council
Closing date:
20th July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Monday 20 July 2020 @ 11.59pm
Preliminary Interviews
TBC - Summer 2020
Psychometric Assessment
TBC - Summer 2020
Final Panel Interview
TBC - Summer 2020


Putting citizens at the heart of transformation.

Situated in the heart of the UK, Leeds is a city full of energy and compassion, making it a great place to live and work.  As the second largest metropolitan authority in the UK, our large and diverse city  is thriving economically and is exceptionally well appointed, with excellent road, rail and air links that provide a gateway for tourist and business visitors to the region.

With an ambition to be the best city in the UK by 2030, we’re already making good progress.  Leeds is one of the greenest cities in the UK and Trinity Leeds, the £350 million retail development reinforces the City as one of the finest shopping destinations in the UK.  We also host many cultural and creative activities that enrich both lives and the economy. Our health and care and third sector organisations delivering integrated services to our citizens are also sector leading and reflect our combined commitment to ensuring that Leeds is a great place to grow up and grow old in.

Whilst there is much of which to be proud, there are still many challenges to address if we are to ensure that our city is fair, open and welcoming, our economy prosperous and sustainable and all our communities  healthy and successful.  Although our economy is strong, we continue to tackle issues including poverty and health inequality and our commitment to operating as a joined up system has never been more important, as we strive to improve and connect our city’s digital and technology infrastructure, share data and embrace all that innovation and the private sector has to offer in support of interoperability and accessible, integrated, best in sector, place-based services.

As CDIO for Leeds City Council, Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Leeds Digital Partnerships team, you’ll perform an important and high profile role, building on the already outstanding work carried out by Leeds City Council’s award winning team, its system and private sector partners to positively impact citizen outcomes, welfare and the economy.

We’ve already achieved a great deal but there’s more to do and we’ll be tasking you with taking us on the next stage of our digital journey; defining and delivering Digital, Information and Technology (DIT) strategies and programmes in support of the City’s Health and Wellbeing, Inclusive Growth and Climate Emergency strategies.  Operating with considerable scope, your reach will extend to the provision of technology to GP practices and schools, the requirements for which will undoubtedly change in a post Covid-19 world, and your ability to deliver operational excellence across multiple organisations and systems to enable critical service continuity will be critical. 

This is a substantial role that will require you to provide strategic digital and technology leadership to three prominent organisations.  This will enable you to join the dots to increase internal capability, deliver service excellence and increase business agility and pace of delivery, whilst responding to opportunities to partner, share services and ultimately, do more with the Leeds pound. 

An accomplished leader who has operated at scope, you will be future focused, able to identify new system based approaches, opportunities to collaborate and technologies that will help to deliver better outcomes for our city, our people and our economy.    

An intellectually capable strategic thinker, you will be a coherent and inspiring leader who operates with credibility and influence, having ideally worked across integrated systems to effect positive change.  Having designed and transitioned large teams to new organisational structures in support of business change, you will appreciate that teamwork is key to success and you will have achieved outstanding results through collaboration, high impact technology innovation and better ways of working.  

If this sounds like the challenge you’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

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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.

Stephanie Wilson
07880 382745
Eleanor Lawrence
020 7426 3379
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