Chief Data Officer

Companies House

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 12th February 2023



Reference number



£71,000 - £117,800

Job grade

SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

CH - Digital Services

Type of role

Architecture and Data

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Cardiff head office, with hybrid working

Job summary

Companies House have created an exciting new role as Chief Data Officer, to reflect the key part that data plays in the organisation’s success and ability to realise its future ambitions around growth, improvement, becoming data and digitally led, enhancing services and income, and broadening critical activity and impact. We are looking for a driven and passionate data leader to add to the data team and create a leading data directorate, working with colleagues, the Government Digital Service, BEIS and wider government. Companies House was awarded £63m in the spending review to spend on data and digital projects over the next 3 years. We seek a successful individual who is able to support us in harnessing this investment to improve data governance, data management, data insight and data sharing to benefit the economy.


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive and Main Board (and as Head of the Data Profession), you will lead the Data directorate, educating others in championing the value of data across the whole of the organisation, whilst building a strong team and culture, shaping the future of Companies House. You will lead the organisation in leveraging our data capability to deliver organisational objectives, with your team. You will lead a directorate of 40 people with the head of Data. Analytics and Research (DAR) reporting directly into you covering Data, Behavioural Science, Corporate Performance, Data Science, Statistics, and Data Engineering.


You will be passionate about developing, sharing and leading the delivery of a data strategy that delivers innovative data solutions that enhance our service provision, ensure data enables better public services, improves our agility and ensures sound governance. Candidates will possess the skills, leadership and passion for improving public services and for building excellent teams.

We are a data driven organisation where data is treated as an asset. The integrity of that data is crucial as we provide it to millions of users every year as well as Government Departments as we play our critical role in the fight against economic crime. Internally we are working to maximise the potential of our data and insight to improve and target our services to our users and to drive forward our high performing teams across the organisation. This role will lead in the transformation of the way we analyse, use and share data.

Job description


  • As a member of our Executive Team and Main Board, and as Head of the Data Profession, shape our strategy and participate in corporate governance, delivery and risk management, ensuring accountability and ownership of our outcomes.
  • Review and enhance the current strategy, before setting out to deliver this to 2025, working with your team, the Executive (including the Director of Digital & Technology and the Director of Project Management) and the Main Board to shape the future of Companies House.
  • Develop and deliver the data strategy, to move Companies House closer to being a leading data organisation, maximising the value of our data for the UK economy, and underpinning our strategy and direction with data. 
  • Be responsible for the utilisation and interoperability of data so that we can achieve the most value by informing decision making at the most appropriate level and in the right place.
  • Have responsibility for our strategic use of data to deliver our vision to be the most innovative, open, and trusted registry in the world, achieved through maximising the value of our register, combatting economic crime and inspiring trust and confidence.
  • Lead on data governance, data quality and data strategy, to derive maximum value from the data available to us and to the wider society. Champion data standards and the value of data to our organisation.
  • Combine accountability and responsibility for data governance, data quality and data life cycle management, along with the exploitation of data assets to create business value such as combatting economic crime more effectively. 
  • Develop our already Whitehall-leading approach to open data even further, while strengthening our data management, data governance, data analysis and data science skills.
  • Ensure that insight from data can be used to drive organisational decision making and also expand and embed the use of good information across all areas of Companies House.
  • Play an important role in how we determine our use of new, existing, and legacy information assets.
  • Oversee the process of storing and managing data, and for data ethics.
  • Proactively engage with our senior stakeholders to champion data as an asset culture and encourage the use of data in the decision-making process.
  • Be key to our engagement in the data space with external organisations such as BEIS, GDS, and the Office for National Statistics, etc.
  • Improve our data maturity level across various topics and throughout the data lifecycle. Prioritise data quality initiatives that ensure accurate business outcomes.
  • Identify new kinds, types, and sources of data to enable innovation throughout the organisation. Define processes for the effective, integrated introduction of new data.
  • Lead on capability building in data and analysis across Companies House, identifying opportunities for research, mentoring, and training. 

Person specification

 The successful candidate’s profile:

  • A recognised data leader (or ready to take this step), with a background in leading data science/statistics/data teams and transformation in a public, private or not for profit
  • A working knowledge and understanding of data trends. Experience of enhancing data maturity within a fast paced, delivery organisation.
  • A passion for and clear understanding of how to interpret data to glean insights. The ability to communicate the meaning of data insights in a business context and make information easily available to all. An understanding of data security is essential.
  • Proven experience in shaping, communicating and executing a strategic vision into deliverable operational plans which enhance an organisation’s data capability.
  • Outstanding communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build effective relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders, capable of flexing style, understanding and engaging with different audiences.
  • An open, supportive, and visible management style to earn the confidence and respect necessary to effectively deliver the agenda on major data change. Able to simplify complex technology and data issues, whilst explaining and championing technology choices to others.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence, interpersonal, leadership and management skills to drive contributions across the organisation; highly organised to operate in a fast changing and dynamic environment.
  • Strong strategic skills, quantitative analysis, structured thinking, and logical reasoning; resilient and proactive, capable of creative problem solving under pressure.
  • Resilience, with the ability to perform in a high-pressured environment, juggling tactical and strategic challenges.
  • Flexible and proactive in own approach to building productive working relationships internally and with external partners.
  • Strategic thinker who can take the broader view and set the long-term strategy, and articulate a vision effectively, obtaining buy-in and engagement from others across an organisation. 


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Companies House offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

  • A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, hybrid working and compressed hours.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30. This is in addition to 8 public holidays and is complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the King’s birthday.
  • An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
  • Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle discounts.
  • A hybrid office/home based working model.

          Selection process details

          This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Ability.

          As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit the following to our Executive Search partner by the closing date:

          • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years.


          • A Statement of Suitability (no more than 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.


          • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form, which you will receive following submission of your CV and Statement of Suitability, is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’ if you do not wish to answer any question. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming an inclusive employer and a great place to work. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information or go to Equality and Diversity.


          Failure to submit a full application will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. For further information on the application process and an overview on what to expect, please visit the Civil Service Careers website.

          The closing date for this post is Friday 12th February 2023. Odgers Berndtson, an executive search firm, have been appointed to assist with this competition. The preferred method of application is online at All applications will be acknowledged.


          To discuss the role in confidence with one of the Odgers Berndtson Wales team, please call 02920 783 050 or email us at

          Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
          This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

          As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


          Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
          Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

          See our vetting charter.
          People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

          Nationality requirements

          This job is broadly open to the following groups:

          • UK nationals
          • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
          • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
          • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
          • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
          • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
          • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
          Further information on nationality requirements

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          We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
          The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
          The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
          This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
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