Senior Technology Advisor

Bristol, Manchester
Full time (37 hours per week), Job share, Flexible working, Part time, Condensed hours
Grade 7 / Band A
£49,700 - £56,524 (National) Internal Terms and Conditions apply for Civil Servant applicants

03 October 2021

What you'll do

This role is working within the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) who are the leaders of the Digital, Data and Technology professions across government. It sets the aspiration and strategy for digitisation, builds capability so that government is equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the internet age.  CDDO designs and implements standards to systems and services that are delivered in the right way.

Our work in CDDO is user-focused, dynamic and forward-looking - making our organisation an exciting and innovative place to work. 

The Senior Technology Advisor will be working to set the strategy for Government technology service design and assurance, challenge departments as part of the spend control process, and to support them on an advisory basis.

The role will involve engagement with a wide variety of departmental technology and digital related needs and will require broad technical knowledge and exposure at CIO/CTO level and experience of consulting within a professional services environment. 

It will also play a crucial role in assuring and helping to shape plans as government responds to EU Transition and wider commitments in conjunction with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO), as well as supporting the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and National Health Service (NHS) in their ongoing response to Covid-19. 

The Standards Assurance Service provides a coordinated service for departments and agencies recognising and supporting them in generating significant savings, encouraging agility and resilience through the provision of common services.

We help departments to deliver better value technology for civil servants. 

Better value means:

  • technology that better meets user needs, allowing them to be more productive

  • technology that enables more effective collaboration across government 

  • technology that is lower cost per user

We aim to achieve this by increasing the consistency of products and services that meet common user needs, making it simpler and faster for departments to deliver them. 

As a Senior Technology Advisor you’ll:

  • manage the relationship between Central Digital & Data Office (CDDO) and several Whitehall departments for digital and technology expenditure

  • provide a challenge and approval function to departments on specific programmes and making recommendations to Cabinet Office Ministers on all departmental IT expenditure

  • assist in ensuring that large scale citizen services are delivered whilst influencing tangible savings

  • work with senior stakeholders across government and other governments around the world, advising and guiding them in reshaping government's technology to enable digital services as set out in the GDS Service Design Manual.

  • the potential to have an additional role to work as part of an international team delivering spend assurance to a number of countries in conjunction with the FCDO Prosperity Fund.

Due to the size and scale of Government many projects you will be involved in are of significant size; many cases under review are tens of millions of pounds in value. There is therefore a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference to how important large scale citizen services are delivered and influence tangible savings (last year the team helped deliver hundreds of millions of pounds of savings across departments) 

Who you are

We’re looking for someone who is well organised and  thrives in a busy environment where priorities change, often at very short notice. Who is an effective communicator who enjoys working with people and can quickly understand their needs.

We're looking for people who have:

  • experience of advising on enterprise level technology requirements

  • experience of senior level engagement of use and deployment on Cloud based platforms

  • experience of transforming technology

  • experience with agile development methodologies & processes (SCRUM, Kanban etc)

  • experience of working alongside a user centered design function

  • experience in large-scale transactional environments.

  • a willingness to travel (UK, generally during normal working hours, and potentially internationally) to meet and engage with government departments

How you'll be assessed

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. We may assess your ability, strength, experience, technical/specialist skills and behaviours.

For this role the following behaviours are the most relevant:

delivering at pace
changing and improving
communicating and influencing
working together

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

This opportunity is closed to applications.