Executive Recruitment

Chief Digital Officer

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Northamptonshire Police and Fire Services
Currently Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, pending relocation to Wellingborough, Northants, in early 2021
Up to £83,862 dependent on experience
Closing date:
12th July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Sunday 12 July 2020 @ 23.59hrs
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 20 July 2020 & w/c Monday 27 July 2020
Psychometric Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement Sessions & Fireside Chats (FSC)
w/c Monday 3 August 2020 & w/c Monday 10 August 2020
Final Panel Interview
Wednesday 19 August 2020


Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Services, are committed to working together to deliver unrivalled policing and fire and rescue services across the County to fight crime, protect people and keep communities safe. Working alongside and under the governance of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, we aim to provide the most efficient and effective services possible, putting people first and continually seeking to develop and grow, through hard work, innovation and collaboration. Having a combined Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, enables us to explore truly ground-breaking, innovative ways of working to enable greater capability and capacity for collaborative working and deep based engagement with our citizens through the creation and delivery of ambitious, new, digital services.

The Role

Reporting to the Director for Enabling Services, the Chief Digital Officer will play a key role in making this change happen. Our pending relocation to a new combined HQ premises, presents a unique opportunity to bring together the best our organisations have to offer in IT and Digital service provision. This will enable the integration of teams, systems, processes, including a refresh of the joint technology estate, paving the way for the delivery of new IT and Digital services, to better meet the needs and expectations of our diverse range of service users.

The Chief Digital Officer will deliver innovation to meet these user needs, driving the strategic thinking and direction of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Services from an IT and Digital perspective, as part of a dynamic Senior Leadership Team. This strategy will include identifying and maximising  opportunities for  advancing technology,  introducing agile principles and practice in IT and Digital service design and development and continuously improving the customer experience to position the Force and the Fire and Rescue Service as exemplars of best practice in our sector.

The Person

Currently working in a senior IT and Digital Leadership role in either the public or commercial sector, you will possess proven experience of leading IT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environment, including taking advantage of new digital opportunities to innovate business models, enablingdeep based digitalisation of an organisation and it’s engagement with customers. You will have substantial operational experience, coupled with a track record of strategic delivery, leading a function of significant scale and complexity, including experience of merging teams and integration of systems and processes to create unified service offerings.

You will be an adept technologist, able to articulate and translate complex technology solutions into simple to understand outcomes, centred around meeting user needs. Developing and securing executive level support for your IT and Digital strategy, you will have successfully established a clear line of sight between technology choices and their contribution towards meeting the strategic business objectives of your organisation.

This may be at the end, but it is far from an afterthought; we are committed to creating an inclusive environment, which promotes and supports inclusivity and respect, with a culture that supports our communities and partners and celebrates all aspects of diversity. Achieving our aim to lead to a working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. We are a Disability Confident organisation.

Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Services is also a sponsor of the Armed Forces Covenant.

With the potential for a relocation package available, this could be your moment to join the change, so don’t miss the closing date.

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How To Apply

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.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


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
Peter Guilder
07545 441 127
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