GDS seeks leader for new digital Brexit team

GDS seeks leader for new digital Brexit team

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is seeking a deputy director for Brexit, charged with leading and managing a dedicated GDS team on matters related to the EU exit.

The responsibility of the deputy director will be to establish the team and build its profile and manage the impact of Brexit on public sector digital transformation. GDS said that the successful candidate will lead on the coordination of the digital function to respond to the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“You will play a central role in implementing the government’s priorities for delivery of EU exit, in a way that supports the Government Transformation Strategy and digital [and] data manifesto commitments,” it said.

A spokesperson for GDS said: “GDS leads on digital transformation across government, including how it responds to the demands of exiting the EU. The deputy director will lead a new team resourced through a mix of current and newly recruited staff.”

The deputy director will be required to work closely with various departments, particularly the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, as well as experts in the Cabinet Office and the HM Treasury, spend team, to prioritise, plan and identify new actions to successfully exit the EU.

The candidate chosen should identify and bring together the resources needed to promote the right culture and processes for supporting successful EU exit-related transformation, the GDS said.

The job advertisement states that the new post will be a key member of the SCS leadership team and involve direct line management responsibility for an EU Exit Secretariat.

The overall goal of the GDS EU exit team will be to help government address the immediate digital demands presented by the ongoing Brexit process, while maintaining longer-term transformation strategies and initiatives.

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GDS COO Alison Pritchard said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to be at the heart of the government’s preparations for EU Exit. The Government Digital Service has a key role to play in supporting departments through their implementation of EU exit-related digital programmes. And to do so in a transformational way. This post requires well-honed policy and PPM skills combining the ability to persuade, influence and bring order to complexity. This is not a technical post.”

The role as deputy director, EU exit, comes with a salary of up to £118,000 and will be based at GDS headquarters in London’s Whitechapel. The deadline for applications is 22 January 2018 and interviews are expected to be conducted during the week commencing on 12 February 2018.