Chief Digital Information Officer

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Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023



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£54,551 - £62,118
With this role there is a recruitment and retention allowance of £10,000 which the successful candidate will receive, in addition to their salary. New entrants to the civil service will be brought in on the pay range minimum unless there is a compelling business case to offer more is approved by a HR Director. Staff coming into the Department, from another Government Department, on promotion will receive a 10% increase on their existing salary or move on to the minima of the pay range, whichever is highest.

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

VCA - Finance & Resourcing

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Information Technology

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Bristol, Nuneaton

Job summary

We welcome applications from every part of the community, and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, ethnic minority, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

Would you embrace the opportunity to play a critical part of a business transformation journey?

Are you a confident communicator who enjoys collaborating and building relationships with various stakeholders?

If so, we have a fantastic opportunity available to join our team as Chief Digital Information Officer and would love to hear from you!

Job description

As Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) you will be responsible for establishing and executing the VCA’s digital and technology vision and strategy, ensuring its alignment to the wider business strategy.

You will have the opportunity to make a real change and contribute to the overall business strategy development; utilising your current knowledge, future vision of digital techniques and ways of working to support business transformation activities.

The CDIO role requires a high-quality individual who has a track record of delivery and is comfortable with operating at pace in complex organisations where stakeholder management is critical to success.

Person specification

In this role, you will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Engaging with other government departments, agencies, and the technology sector to identify and source innovative technologies that will improve VCA business performance.
  • Leading a digital team, consisting of approximately 20 personnel, in addition to the supporting contracted services (approximately £500k per annum) that deliver services, technologies and governance.
  • Setting the mission, vision and strategic direction of the digital and IT organisation, with a clear delivery roadmap, operating model and business prioritisation for the development of the VCA’s digital and data capabilities.
  • Acting as the lead authority for all digital, data and technology matters within the organisation.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor, build and maintain relationships with other VCA business leaders to develop a clear understanding of business needs; ensuring cost effective delivery of digital services to meet those needs, and ability to respond with agility to changing business priorities.
  • Leading on VCA’s cyber defence strategy to identify and mitigate against cyber risk.
  • Providing strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of digital systems, including enterprise architecture, application management, security and risk management, and infrastructure and operations support management.

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile. 

About You

To be successful in this role you will be an experienced leader who has operated successfully at a similar level or with similar experiences and you will have a track record of delivering transformation and change.

You will have a background in strategic planning, development of clear and deliverable vision and the ability to translate strategic priorities into clear outcome-focused objectives and drive forward implementation at pace.

You will be able to utilise your experience in delivering improvements to IT assurance and cyber security to embed good practice into business as usual operations.

You will be comfortable communicating with internal/external senior stakeholders and are confident when conveying complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.


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

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
Being part of the Civil Service entitles you to a wide range of fantastic benefits. Including flexible working arrangements, generous annual leave allowance and attractive pension options. More specific to VCA, employees can benefit from childcare vouchers and have access to cycle to work and Tech schemes.

If you would like to read more about VCA and the benefits of working for usvisit our Careers Website!

Selection process details

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

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following: 

  • Experience of working within a digital environment, delivering digital products and services
  • Experience of leading, developing and motivating a team to deliver to a high standard
  • Demonstrate your experience of establishing and maintaining strong, trusted relationships with various internal/external stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes.

You will be asked to write a maximum of 750 words for your personal statement.

Sift and Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place 1st February 2023.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 13th February 2023.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include:

  • an interview
  • a presentation

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order 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.  

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website!

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Further Information

For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How we hire  page of our DfT Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Recruitment in detail page of the DfT Careers website. You will find detailed information about the entire recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role in the Civil Service.Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers Website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Richard Brown
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website Here


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