Director of Digital & Technology

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


Working pattern

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

Number of jobs available



Cardiff head office, with hybrid working

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Director of Digital & Technology to join Companies House as we continue our ambitious digital transformation, enhance digital services for customers, and broaden our critical activity and impact. We are looking for a driven and passionate digital and technology leader to deliver excellent digital services for customers and staff, working with colleagues, the Government Digital Service, BEIS and wider government. Companies House was awarded £63m in the spending review to spend on digital projects over the next 3 years. We seek a successful individual who is able to support us in harnessing this investment to improve services for 3.7 m companies and 12 million individual users annually and overseeing exciting new services that support our widening legislative remit.

 Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Executive and Main Board, you will lead the 220 strong Digital & Technology directorate, championing them, and supporting and maintaining an excellent team and culture, shaping the future of Companies House. You will lead the organisation in leveraging digital and technology capability to deliver organisational objectives, with the support of your team of 220 staff with the help of 6 Heads covering: IT Services, Product Design, Delivery, Software Engineering, Cyber Security and Innovation & Outreach.

 You will be passionate about developing, maintaining and enhancing services that meet users' needs, ensuring technology and data enable better public services, improving the agility and governance of teams, and utilising innovation to positively influence our digital and technology future. Candidates will possess the skills, leadership and passion for improving public services and for building excellent teams.

Job description

  • As a member of our Executive Team and Main Board, 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 Chief Data Officer and the Director of Project Management) and the Main Board to shape the future of Companies House.
  • Develop and deliver the digital and technology strategy, plan and roadmap to move Companies House closer to being a digital led organisation and reduce tech debt.
  • Demonstrate visible leadership, role modelling our vision, values, cultures and behaviours whilst championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Support and build high-performing agile, diverse and inclusive teams. Attract, maintain and build a pipeline of talent and further expand the skills of our experienced and passionate digital and technology experts.
  • Collaborate across the organisation and ensure that we are building and delivering excellent digital services that meet the needs of our customers and our own people, measuring impact, benefits and performance.
  • Monitor markets to proactively identify commercial opportunities for the directorate that deliver the most value for taxpayer money. 
  • Manage strategic commercial relationships and delivery arrangements actively and effectively to provide ongoing value for money to the taxpayer. 
  • Leading a directorate of 220 people with 6 direct reports.

    Person specification

    • A recognised digital or technology leader (or ready to take this step), with a track record of leading and delivering digital transformation in a public, private or not for profit environment.
    • Proven experience in shaping, communicating and executing a strategic vision into deliverable operational plans which enhance an organisation’s digital and technology capability.
    • A knowledge and understanding of digital and technology market trends and best practices, including sector standards and security issues and processes, including cyber security.
    • A strong focus on quality. Experience in raising standards, ensuring controls are in place and effectively challenging to find common sense solutions to problems and the delivery of high-quality services and outcomes.
    • 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. Able to simplify complex technology and digital issues, whilst explaining and championing technology choices to others.
    • Commercially aware with sound judgement and the capacity to research and analyse issues and provide sound advice to CEO and wider Executive Board.
    • 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.
    • Capable of engaging highly effectively with a team, suppliers and stakeholders to define the best approach to service design. 
    • Ideally, experience of Agile, Machine Learning, Open Source, Cloud Platforms and Digital Services.  

      For further information, including how to apply, please click on this link: or call the Odgers Wales team for a confidential conversation in English or Welsh on 02920 783 050.



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

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

      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.
      • 30 days annual leave on entry. 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.
              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.
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              Further information

              We welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

              Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission . 


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