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Deputy Director - Head of Portfolio and Controls

The Ministry of Justice Digital and Technology team is made up of around 900 digital and technology specialists, located throughout the UK. We support the 70,000 staff working within the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) who do important, even life-changing work, with citizens and legal professionals.

Justice Digital and Technology (JD&T) is a pioneering team within the Ministry of Justice. We’ve taken the lead in a digital transformation programme which has introduced:

• New technology including Office 365 and Google Docs to enable better collaborative working
• Agile ways of responsive team working
• A number of successful citizen-facing online services
• Data-driven thinking to enable more effective decisions

These successes have led to us to adopt a functional leadership model so we can better join up digital and technology services across the Justice System and become a smarter, simpler and unified department. Doing this will enable the MoJ to meet business demand and support our users with end-to-end service accountability.

Some of the important challenges ahead will be embedding an ‘insourcing’ approach to technology strategy and expanding internal capability. Members of the senior management team will play an important part in making this happen by:

• Championing new ways of working
• Supporting Heads of Professions to build capability through communities
• Driving and instilling a culture of continuous improvement
• Making JD&T an inspiring place to work by introducing learning and development plans, individual training budgets, mentoring and shadowing

About the Operations Team

This Deputy Director role reports to the JD&T Director of Operations Transformation. The purpose of the function is to:

• Enable our colleagues to get on with delivery
• Instill a culture of accountability, value for money and commerciality in JD&T
• Make JD&T a great place to work

In order to fulfil this role, it is responsible for management of finances, people, engagement, portfolio, contract management and the running of the office of the Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO).

About the Role

The purpose of the Head of Portfolio and Controls is to:

• Set up and manage all budget and headcount controls for the JD&T function
• Ensure the JD&T change portfolio is aligned to strategy, appropriately governed, and delivering benefits
• Ensure all JD&T contracts (over £200m of spend) and suppliers are effectively managed

The role will be responsible for:

• Budget & Headcount Controls
• Portfolio & Delivery Unit
• Contract Management
• Team Management

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be an outstanding, empathetic and inclusive leader.

You must be able to demonstrate the following criteria:

• Excellent leadership skills with experience of leading performance in an inclusive culture and geographically disperse teams.

• Building and running effective digital and technology portfolio management, balancing agile and lean ways of working with effective management of risk and delivering large complex projects and programmes.

• Leading the management of contracts and suppliers to drive better performance and value

• Leading on the financial management of a large, complex technology budget.

• Ability to think strategically and apply this thinking within a complex organisation

• Make objective, data driven decisions, and anticipate potential risks and issues early

• Highly developed interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with senior stakeholders, aligning views and goals, and quickly building credibility

Further information about the role or how to apply can be found in the candidate information pack by clicking apply