Chief Data Officer

Employer
Companies House
Location
Hybrid role split between home working and Cardiff office
Salary
Pay band SCS1 – salary up to £117,800
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Sector
Digital, Public Sector, Technology
Responsibilities
Analyst
Position/Level
CIO, CTO
Contract Type
Permanent
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Companies House
Chief Data Officer
Hybrid role split between home working and Cardiff office
Pay band SCS1 – salary up to £117,800

Companies House are undergoing a historic change, to our systems, services, culture and ways of working. Our Digital & Technology and Data services are the heart of much of this change. Earlier this year the UK Government passed the Economic Crime Act which has given us the power to create the Register of Overseas Entities (ROE).

The second Economic Crime bill has been accelerated and will give us new powers in 2023, which will see us play an active role in the fight against economic crime as well as fulfilling our ambition to be the most innovative, open and trusted registry in the world. These changes represent the biggest opportunity for Companies House in almost 170 years. We are being granted the ability to play a leading role in the fight against corrupt business practices by providing the transparency and clarity necessary for the UK to continue to be regarded as a world-leading place to do business.

The Role

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 6 team leaders reporting directly to 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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. 

 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 environment.
  • 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. 

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

 

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