Executive Recruitment

Assistant Director IT and Digital Services

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Reading Borough Council
Up to £93,812
Closing date:
22nd September
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
22 September 2019
Long List
Friday 27 September 2019
Preliminary Interview
w/c 30 September 2019
Assessment Date
w/c 14 October 2019
Final Panel
w/c 21 October 2019


Reading is a fantastic city at the heart of the Thames Valley, with huge potential. As a progressive Council, we are absolutely focused upon improving the way we deliver services to our residents and ensuring that everyone who lives, works and visits Reading, can share in the benefits of a successful city of green spaces, smart technology and high economic growth. This key post within our Senior Leadership Team, will be pivotal to realising our potential.

As our new Assistant Director of IT and Digital Services, you will lead transformation of our IT and Digital service provision, positioning Reading Borough Council as an exemplar for our sector. You will be a champion for the development and implementation an ambitious IT and Digital strategy for the Council, supporting our wider corporate objectives for business change and continual improvement.

This role provides a unique opportunity to harness the opportunities presented by digital technology and agile ways of working, ensuring our IT and Digital services are designed around the needs of our users - citizens, staff, delivery partners and business - simple to access and rewarding to use. To enable this vision, you will ensure that the delivery of our IT service is robust, secure, responsive and that our commercial supplier arrangements are proactively managed to deliver added value.

We are looking for a candidate with senior leadership experience gained in the delivery of IT and Digital services within a complex, multi-channel organisation and operating environment. You will be ambitious, resilient and principled with a ‘can do’ approach and a role model for exceptional customer service delivery.

For a confidential discussion, contact Adrian Barlow or Eleanor Lawrence on 0207 426 3379 at GatenbySanderson

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To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Adrian Barlow
07393 011150
Eleanor Lawrence
020 7426 3379
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