Chief Digital Officer

Recruiter
British Geological Survey
Location
Keyworth
Posted
14 Dec 2018
Closes
28 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Chief Digital Officer

UKRI - NERC BGS

Keyworth, Nottingham

£80,000 - £85,000 (plus an annual opportunity to receive a discretionary non-consolidated bonus)

Full time (flexible working options will be considered)

Open ended

About Us

BGS is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.

BGS is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts. BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employees 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

About the role

This new post provides an exciting opportunity for an exceptional technology leader to join the Senior Leadership Science Strategy Group at the British Geological Survey (BGS), developing and delivering the organisation’s digital data and science technology strategies.

The Chief Digital Officer will be responsible for the leadership of the BGS digital data and data technology strategies, ensuring organisational evolution and efficient and effective exploitation of BGS digital assets to create science and business value. You will lead the development of a robust, coherent digital data and information technology strategy, ensuring that BGS utilises the latest technology, data and analytics capabilities to achieve its overall business and science objectives, as well as building strong connections with external data communities, in order to position BGS as an outward looking digital organisation.

About you

You will be an experienced leader with a track record in delivering outstanding data and technology services and continually seeking opportunities for innovation and continuous improvement in this field.

A detailed skills specification is available on our job-site; however, when considering your application, the recruitment panel will specifically be looking for evidence of the following priority skills and experience:

  • relevant degree in IT/Computer science (or equivalent senior level experience in a data science role); ideally, the successful candidate will also have a PhD or MSc in Data Science/a relevant computing discipline, but this is not essential
  • a successful track record of senior management experience in a data and technology environment
  • a strategic knowledge of cloud technologies and user experience issues relating to digital services
  • an ability, evidenced through example, to handle complex multidimensional problems
  • an ability, evidenced by example, to lead and develop strategic collaborations and to manage relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • an enthusiasm for the role and the work of the BGS; a passion for data and a desire to innovate and continually improve data technologies.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

Appointment process

The appointment of Chief Digital Officer will be determined by an appointment process chaired by the BGS Chief Executive Officer, John Ludden.

Applications are managed by UK SBS. Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications, full employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements. This should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the skills specification and in particular the priority skills and experience outlined above. You should also explain why the appointment is of interest to them and what they believe they can bring to the role.

To apply, please click the "Apply" button.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, Please quote reference number IRC247651.

The closing date for applications is 8th January 2019.

Interviews are likely to be at BGS, Keyworth, Nottingham on 29th and 30th January 2019.

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