Chief Digital Data and Technology Officer

Intellectual Property Office

Location flexible - hybrid working with expectation of 2 days p/w in Newport, South Wales

  • Location

    Location flexible - hybrid working with expectation of 2 days p/w in Newport, South Wales

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Digital, Data & Technology

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £71,000 - £117,800

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 May 2022

  • Client

    Intellectual Property Office

Ref: GSe85623

Intellectual Property (IP) is essential to making the UK the most innovative and creative country in the world. It is fuel to unleash innovation and creativity; to help British businesses build back better and build back greener following the pandemic. As the UK Government Body responsible for IP, we have a crucial role to play in harnessing it’s power, in the provision of innovative products and services for patents, designs, trade marks and copyright provision.

As a growing organisation with an international reach and reputation, we are on a journey of transformation, re-imagining and re-designing the ways in which we deliver our wide range of intellectual property (IP) services to our diverse range of users and customers. Our clear intent is not just to digitise what we currently do, but to completely transforming the 'how' and 'what' we do, removing barriers to innovation and make IP rights more accessible and useful to our service users, innovators, entrepreneurs and creators.

The Role:

Central to the IPO’s journey of transformation, is the creation of a world leading technology platform and service that can provide businesses and citizens with the tools they need to harness the power of IP. Reporting to the Deputy CEO and Director of Services and also as a member of the IPO Executive Board, our Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer (CDDTO), will ensure that our strategic ambitions are fully supported by our tech capability and operating model. Leading a committed, multi-disciplinary digital, data and technology team of circa 200 staff, you will lead exploitation of new disruptive technologies including ML and AI, together with more established tech, to deliver a user centred service which meets our customers current and future expectations and aspirations of our service.

The Person: 

From a public or commercial sector background, to succeed in this key leadership role for IPO, you will be able to demonstrate experience of:

  • Leading a significant scale multi-disciplinary, digital, data and technology function in support of broad based business transformation, including delivery of resilient BAU IT operations and a progressive technology strategy.
  • Transforming the tech stack and approach to a platform as a service model, including strategies to reduce technical debt, enhance the interoperability of systems and exploit cloud opportunities to enable business change and transformation.
  • Forging trust based, productive, strategic partnerships with a wide range of consultancy and IT vendors, based on the delivery of mutual value and sharing of risk.
  • Building the capability of the function to reduce reliance on contingent resource, growing a deep understanding of customer and user needs and enabling scaled agile delivery of product and service delivery in response to rapidly changing customer demands and expectations.
  • Valuing diversity and inclusion, building truly representative teams and functions through innovative approaches proven to have impact.
  • Managing a wide range of technical and non-technical stakeholders at the executive level, to build broad based support for your tech and digital strategy and approach.
  • Providing organisational leadership: As a member of the Executive Board, IPOB, you will support effective governance of the IPO and demonstrate a OneIPO approach to leadership of the organisation.
  • Lead the IPO’s cyber/information security function, ensuring effective strategies and capabilities are in place to provide world class protection to IPO information and data assets.

Essential Criteria

  • A proven track record of leading and delivering complex change and large-scale digital delivery and technology transformation. 
  • Proven experience of shaping, communicating and translating a strategic vision into deliverable operational plans.
  • Excellent leadership skills with proven success of building high-performing, cross-functional teams, establishing and owning key performance indicators whilst raising performance levels and developing critical capabilities.
  • Evidence of driving the modernisation of legacy technology and reducing technical debt.
  • Experience of working closely with executive and senior leadership, a wide variety of stakeholders and across organisations.
  • Experience of managing third party providers, budget management and procurement.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Sunday 22 May 2022 @ 11.55pm

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
Monday 30 May 2022 to Tuesday 6 June 2022

Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement Exercise (SEE) & Fireside Chats (FSC)
w/c Monday 13 June 2022 & w/c Monday 20 June 2022 - SEE Thursday 16 June 2022

Final Panel Interviews (Face to Face)
Monday 4 July 2022

How to Apply

The closing date is: 11.55 pm on Sunday 22nd May 2022

All applications will be acknowledged. 

As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit the following:
     • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements and relevant professional qualifications. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
     • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

To find out more about this role or for a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Adrian Barlow on 07393 011150 or Sarah Luxford on 07812 150386. 


  1. IPO-Modernised T&C's.doc
  2. How to write a Suitability Statement.pdf


Adrian Barlow: 07393 011150