The successful applicant will be the first to hold the title, as the Service is newly created to bring together Parliament’s separate ICT, web and intranet services.
“Parliament has made significant progress in recent years in developing online services and digital ways of working,” claims the job advert.
“However, we recognise that user needs for digital services are changing fast. We need to do much more to ensure that digital delivery is at the forefront of our work, across both Houses, and that the needs of our various user groups are always prioritised,” it adds.
The new director, who will receives a salary of £110,000, will be tasked with leading the Digital Service, helping to deliver and develop Parliament’s digital strategy, identifying opportunities to improve digital products and be responsible for the team’s £20-25m budget.
Those applying for the position will be expected to have a strong track record of delivering first class digital operations in a complex organisation, as well as demonstrating success in developing digital strategies.
Applicants must also have experience of communicating digital and ICT issues at senior level, expertise in digital media across a range of platforms, knowledge and awareness of technology trends and skills with software and hardware.
“Parliament affects everyone’s lives but it can appear inaccessible and hard to engage with,” claimed Mark Egan, Digital Service Preparation Team Leader.
“We must provide information and digital services in ways which suit the needs of all our users – including members of Parliament and the public.
“Our online services are already improving, but we need to do much more, simple to keep pace with modern technology.
“We are looking for someone to head up the new Digital Service who understands how to meet this challenge and deliver.
“At the same time, the Digital Service must continue to provide the IT equipment, infrastructure and support services essential to modern Parliament,” he added.