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£64,069 to £70,350 Per year Higher Principle Officer 2
09 January 2023 12:53:00
Closing Date:
27 January 2023 09:00:00
The Chief Data Officer is responsible for delivering an enterprise data function and capabilities whilst shaping and managing the existing information management functions.
The Chief Data Officer will also ensure that the Data Strategy is properly represented, governed, planned, managed,  and executed to ensure a successful outcome and that all stated strategic/tactical benefits (in the strategic plan) are realised.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead on a programme of data & information improvement to deliver data innovation and transformation, allowing the Constabulary to maximise the operational benefits of its information and data assets in a lawful and ethical way. 
This role will lead the Information Management Department (including, Information Security, Information Rights and Disclosure and Quality) and lead the creation of an evolving enterprise data function.
Key year one responsibilities 
Build the team and capabilities to set out and build a data strategy and roadmap with clear phased outcomes, including ensuring the foundations and relevant frameworks are in place.  Define clear roles and responsibilities.
Build a Data Community to lead on creating a shared responsibility model driving information and data ownership, with data stewardship to create a culture of shared data ideas and goals to meet business objectives.
Lead and support change across the force, building a data culture,  to improve data literacy and data governance.
Through effective force, community or partner engagement, ensure data strategy and data outcomes meet policing needs and that business value is delivered or enabled to ensure this is measured and recognised regularly.
Provide guidance and standards that will allow the force to provision access for their staff to data that is timely, relevant, accurate and secure to enable them to do their role efficiently and effectively.  
We want to enable you to build a successful career through your involvement with Durham Constabulary. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Durham Constabulary employee, you will be entitled to the following benefits:
26 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays) on entry, rising to 31 days after five years. Annual Leave runs 1st January to 31st December;
New employees will be automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme. This is a defined benefit pension scheme (career average) with death in service benefit. The successful applicant will have the right to opt out of the Pension Scheme once they have commenced employment.
Employee Assistance Programme. All employees have access to an Employee Assistance Programme on joining.  This offers a helpline to deal with legal, financial or mental health problems and offers on-line tools for improving health and well-being.
Qualifications / Experience Test

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate these essential criteria:

  • A minimum of three years’ proven success working in a large, diverse and complex organisation at a senior level for data strategy development and delivery
  • Risk management and mitigation: the ability to work proactively with digital innovators/suppliers, identifying  how a business data and information solution may be implemented with an appropriate and manageable level of risk;
  • Strategic thinking: able to identify risks and trends, staying ahead of the “demand curve” to ensure that the right data services are available at the right time, to the right people at the right location(s), in a manner that the service users value and trust;
  • Strong communication, influencing and presentation skills to discuss strategy and tactics in business terms so that it makes sense and resonates with the executive leaders and/or target audience;
  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning, business/service planning and delivery of such strategies and plans;
  • Demonstrable competency in the development of policies, standards, guidelines etc. needed to sustainably support the realisation of strategic outcomes;
  • An inclusive style of leadership and the ability to communicate, influence, develop and inspire staff, suppliers and partners in a manner that enables the successful delivery of required outcomes; strategic, tactical and operational.
  • Change management and business process experience, with a proven track record of change programmes (ideally in data related disciplines/products)

Desirable but not essential:

Skills for the Information Age levels

  • Strategic Planning (ITSP) – Level 7
  • Information Governance (IRMG) – Level 6
  • Information Security (SCTY) – Level 5
  • Information Systems Co-ordination (ISCO) – Level 6
  • Information Assurance (INAS) – Level 6
  • Business Risk Management (BURM) – Level 7
  • Specialist Advice (Tech) – Level 7
  • Data management (DATM) – Level 6
  • Change Implementation and Planning Mgt. (CIPM) – Level 7
  • Relationship management (RLMT) – Level 7
  • Performance Management (PEMT) – Level 7
How to apply

For further information on the role, please view the attached PDF Document

If you apply for this role if you can also complete the attached Equality Monitoring form and return this along with your CV

We are committed to equal opportunity for all and will not discriminate on any grounds.

 We encourage applications from people from the widest possible span of experience. We particularly  welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and people with disabilities. 

Appointments will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

 We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise  their skills and achieve their potential, offering flexible working arrangements wherever possible.

 If you wish to apply for this position, please do so by sending:

A comprehensive CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) setting out your  career history, with responsibilities and achievements, and  details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence).*  Please  also indicate on the covering letter which role your applying for.

 A supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) highlighting  your suitability and setting out how you meet the essential criteria.  Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of  your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.*


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