HMRC seeks chief digital information officer

HMRC is seeking a permanent chief digital information officer (CDIO) who will receive a salary of up to £200,000 and ‘a challenge like no other’

The move follows the departure of previous digital head Jacky Wright, who returned to Microsoft last autumn after a two-year stint with the tax authority.

Mark Denney was brought in as interim CDIO in November. Described as a senior change and IT executive with broad experience in digital transformation, payments infrastructure, technology and strategic change, he had previously spent a decade with Barclays and held senior positions at JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital.

Now HMRC is advertising the permanent role, which it describes as one with the opportunity to ‘make a huge impact and leave a lasting legacy for years to come’.

HMRC is in the midst of significant transformation, including providing new systems for the UK’s exit from the EU customs union and its flagship Making Tax Digital initiative.

The advert states: ‘Right now, HMRC is playing a vital role by launching new online systems to provide financial support to employers and the self-employed, to limit the long-term impact of Covid-19 on UK business and the broader economy.’

The successful applicant will be paid in a range £115,000 - £200,000 plus a bonus opportunity of up to 30%, and will report directly to HMRC CEO Jim Harra.

Candidates are required to have proven experience of operating in a strategic CIO/CDIO post in a large, highly regulated and high-transaction based organisation, such as a significant financial services or telecommunications business.

They will need to show effective management of very large operational and change budgets, and have substantial experience of delivering stable, resilient, secure and robust IT and digital services, combining in-house and supplier teams.

The deadline for applications is 29 March, with the shortlist announced a month later. Assessments will take place in early July and interviews at the end of that month.

HMRC CDIO application details

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