Chief Digital Officer

Michael Page
London or Northern Home Counties or Manchester
£150,000 - £200,000+
21 Jun 2019
05 Jul 2019
CIO, Professional / Specialist
Contract Type
  • Huge innovation and transformation opportunity
  • Opportunity to disrupt a legacy business in a legacy market

About Our Client

Our client is an ambitious UK subsidiary backed by a Global Fortune 500 organisation. They have the autonomy and initiative to exploit the latest technologies and innovation, complemented by the resources and support of the global business. This role is pivotal in to achieving that objective.

The ambition of our client is twofold, firstly to exploit the latest retail Ecommerce innovation to improve customer experience, retention and sales in their retail business.

Secondly, to identify new investment opportunities and business models to be able to develop and diversify their commercial offerings to a wider range of customers, both consumers and corporate.

Locations include London (City or West), Northern Home Counties or Manchester.

Job Description

As Chief Digital Officer (CDO), reporting into the Managing Director, you will be responsible for both innovation and shaping and delivering the digital strategy of the organisation.

Digital Strategy:

  • You will make digital integral to business strategy. As this is a new role, you will be building the digital strategy from the ground up.
  • You will make the customer the centre of the universe. Our client operates in a saturated sector of the retail market where legacy business processes still drive the digital agenda.
  • Your role will be responsible for transforming the core business to obsess about the customer. This will be an enterprise wide transformation to change behaviours, processes and technology.


  • You will be responsible for harnessing innovative new routes to market and, potentially, new markets. Our client's primary business is retail, however, their ambition is not limited to their current market or business model. A key facet of this role will be looking externally for opportunities to innovate and future proof the business.
  • These could include, but are not limited to, investing in new technology partners, competitor acquisitions, vertical investments in their supply chain, strategic alliances externally and with other businesses in the wider global group.
  • Areas of interest include connected devices/IoT, recycling technology and artificial intelligence, automation and mobility solutions.

The Successful Applicant

To be considered for the role of Chief Digital Officer, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the following competencies and experience:

Digital leadership:

  • Defined, delivered and owned the digital strategy at an enterprise level in a complex organisation
  • An impressive track record of delivering a number of full lifecycle digital transformations - post merger integration would be highly advantageous but not essential.
  • Experienced in implementing successful Ecommerce strategies in the retail sector with demonstrable experience of improving CX and increasing in-store sales
  • Automotive sector experience would be advantageous
  • Be current with the latest digital innovations and credible at an in-depth technology level

Leadership and Stakeholder Management:

  • The CDO will have held senior leadership corporate positions and have the influence to lead and inspire teams.
  • Proven at effectively managing a diverse range of senior stakeholders (Board and investor level) in a matrix environment
  • High emotional intelligence and be experienced in managing internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders. Experience of managing Japanese stakeholders would be advantageous.

Commercial Acumen:

  • As a proven leader, they will have been instrumental in advising Boards on digital and technology investment decisions e.g. M&A, strategic partnerships, investing in technology start-ups, entry to new markets, new product development, etc.
  • They will be financially literate and experienced in owning capex and opex budgets.


  • As this is a new role, the candidate will need to be resilient, accountable and comfortable working autonomously.
  • Initially this will be a lean operation so the candidate must be willing to be hands on to get strategies defined and deliver early projects. A can-do attitude is essential, ideally gained from delivering change across both large corporate and small-to-medium size organisations.

What's on Offer

Chief Digital Officer

£150,000 - £200,000+ package & benefits

Role can be based in London (City or West), Manchester or Northern Home Counties

Flexible working is encouraged due to travel to UK sites and suppliers / potential partners.

Where specific UK qualifications are required we will take into account overseas equivalents. All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.

Ref Code: MPFE14021348Z

Apply for Chief Digital Officer

Already uploaded your CV? Sign in to apply instantly


Upload from your computer

Or import from cloud storage

Your CV must be a .doc, .pdf, .docx, .rtf, and no bigger than 1MB

4000 characters left

Your data will be passed to the recruiter who will contact you directly about your application. For more information about how we use your data please refer to our privacy and cookie policies.

By applying for a job listed on you agree to our terms and conditions. You should never be required to provide bank account details. If you are please email us.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs