Head of Data Exploitation

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: London and Wilshire

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 29/06/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: up to £120,000 per annum


The Ministry of Defence is seeking a permanent Head of Data Exploitation, and exciting and challenging role within MOD’s Defence Digital Organisation.

Defence is on a transformational journey to become a digital and data enabled organisation leveraging data as a strategic asset.  MOD are driving a paradigm shift in data and instilling a culture where data pervades beyond individual use, project or programme, and can be leveraged to drive persistent value pan-Defence. The Defence Data Office is professionalising MOD’s data capabilities, which are a fundamental pillar of our digital backbone, to drive exploitation and realise military advantage and business efficiency; recognising that data is both an offensive and defensive weapon.

The Head of Data Exploitation is a focused leadership role that is required to inject expert operational and business data exploitation expertise, and enable the benefits realisation allowing Defence to make better use of its data, including excellence in engagement and partnering pan-Defence; and requirements specification development, commensurate with the Defence strategic direction and priorities.

This is a unique career opportunity, where you will report into one of the Civil Service’s thought leaders on accurate and robust data usage in Caroline Bellamy (Chief Data Officer).

As Head of Data Exploitation, you will be based from MOD’s offices in Corsham (Wiltshire) or London, however flexible working is available. The Deputy Director grade role (SCS1) will command a financial package of up to £120,000 per annum (£85,000 with potential Pivotal Role Allowance of up to £35,000 per annum).

This role is responsible and fully accountable for working across Defence and wider with Government and allies to develop a coherent overall view on data demand and its exploitation. It will own the direction and coordination of the data exploitation portfolio across the operational environment, and all business functions that will enable and support Defence outputs such that it is fully optimised and enabled with data capability.

This role will ensure that opportunities to optimise delivery, reduce replication, expose and exploit data exemplars are seized and achieved. The Head of Data Exploitation must provide strategic leadership that drives data support and compliance through directed engagement with operational user communities, delivering a range of in progress and emerging data exploitation programmes, projects and activities. The role outcomes are operationally critical, time dependant and a fundamental part of the Data strategy for defence. The Head of Data Exploitation will provide the drive and leadership that will ensure data is exploited at scale and speed.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their experience and skills against the following essential criteria:

  • Strategic thinking. You are proficient within a strategic context and able to communicate how activities meet strategic goals. You contribute to the development of strategy and policies, take accountability for strategic issues that occur and are proactive in searching for potential problems. You achieve excellent strategic user outcomes.
  • Digital perspective. Experience and understanding of data exploitation and associated data capabilities and technologies as part of the wider digital economy and advances in technology; understand how these impact in a public sector or complex operational environment context. You will have the foundational knowledge of the technologies needed to run modern data exploitation services and will be familiar with the various network types and security classifications that are used operationally
  • Operational & Business improvement. You understand how to analyse current or in development data services and processes to seek and identify areas of improvements. Appreciate and manage advanced and complex situations across more than one operational/business function or programme. Know how to gather insight from senior stakeholders and communicate improvement results clearly to them.
  • Relationship management. You are adept at establishing strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse set of customers and suppliers with a broad range of requirements. Able to actively manage multiple stakeholder perspectives, across levels of seniority. The post holder must be able to influence across a broad spectrum, resolve conflicts and bring gravitas to each situation.
  • Requirement definition and management. You can facilitate the setting of business and operational priorities in a public sector or complex operational environment for change initiatives of high complexity. Lead on requirements analysis and take responsibility for the investigation and implementation of changes to programme scope. Manage and guide expectations to create a compelling case for data change and coherence across a public sector or complex operational environment.
  • Knowledge and experience. The role post holder will have a strong public sector or complex operational environment background, with understanding of national security operations be they national or coalition in nature and the associated technological and operational drivers.

Please view the candidate pack for further details on the role and additional information on the MOD.

Applicants will be required to provide an up to date CV and supporting statement (up to 1,250 words) detailing how you meet the role’s requirements. You will also provide a completed diversity form.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20th July at 23:55.

To apply, please email MOD@allenlane.co.uk.

The MOD are open to applicants from all backgrounds and sectors. Prior Civil Service experience is not a pre-requisite, however, applicants must demonstrate the ability to operate a scale in a complex environment. The MOD are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation.

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