Director of Technology
UK Health Security AgencyEmployer of the Week
Advert Reference Number: P2112-108L
The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) seeks its next Director of Technology. An executive committee position, this is one of the most exciting and challenging technology leadership jobs in the country.
UKHSA is responsible for protecting every member of every community from the impact of infectious diseases, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and other health threats. We provide intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage, to make the nation's health secure. Our immediate and most important priority is to continue the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the longer term, UKHSA will build on the legacy of the COVID-19 response to ensure resilient and scalable infrastructure to secure the UK in the strongest position to protect the public from future threats to health.
We are seeking a Director of Technology who will be integral to supporting UKHSA in its mission to provide health security for the nation. Simply put, virtually everything we do is dependent on technology and data, and the Director of Technology is accountable for ensuring that these critical capabilities meet the requirements of the organisation. UKHSA technology has four objectives: stabilize and scale the existing technology environment; support the deployment of mass testing by building digital channels that support citizen engagement with the testing process; manage the data generated to improve the effectiveness of self-isolation and contact tracing; and continue to develop the new Agency, including transition of legacy architecture.
As the Director of Technology, you will sit on UKHSA’s Executive Committee and will oversee the build of a world-class data infrastructure, ensure the right level of operational support across all UKHSA systems, and develop the Agency’s role as a driver and adopter of technology innovation. You will also be responsible for building and running the technology, including all digital channels.
Managing a budget of up to £800m and a team of circa 150 people directly, and up to 800 indirectly through various partner organisations, the Director of Technology will be able to architect and evolve the existing technology services to meet current and future needs. Meanwhile, you will also develop the long-term resourcing and operating model, to ensure value for money from public resources.
The UKHSA is seeking an exceptional individual, with experience as a senior IT leader in a complex organisation, with experience of having architected cloud-based technology infrastructure and solutions. While technically and operationally strong, the ideal candidate will bring a strength and passion for building and leveraging the most advanced technologies to deliver efficient, stable, and secure systems. They will need proven ability to influence and gain the confidence of a broad range of key stakeholders at senior level, in order to confidently challenge and drive decision making, and develop effective partnerships to deliver services.
The closing date for applications is 23:55 on Monday 7th February 2021.
UKHSA has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and the terms and conditions of service, including how to apply, please visit: www.rraresponses.com
In addition to this appointment, UKHSA Technology have a number of other senior positions available. Please visit www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk for further information.
The UK Health Security Agency is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. We encourage and welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates from all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, and we particularly welcome applications from groups which are currently under-represented in the organisation.
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