Deputy Director of Technology

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Westminster, London
Permanent
£60,000 p.a.

The Technology Team is undergoing a transformation.

The Technology function serves over 700 staff in National Church Institutions (NCIs) and co-located bodies and aims to adopt common solutions where practical. Technology provides a broad range of customer focused IT services such as technical architecture and support, networks, change management, business analysis, project management, systems administration and applications hosting requiring a range of sophisticated and innovative skills.

Technology executes a mixture of on-premise, Cloud and 3rd party sourced Technology services, within a hybrid/modern infrastructure that utilises some of the latest technologies.

As Deputy Director of Technology, you will provide management and oversight of the Service Delivery function and deputise for the Director of Technology as required.

You will be responsible for the leadership and operational management of our internal Business Analysts/Business Partners and Technology Projects team and accountable for business relationship activities and managing technology projects, providing input on the application support operation within our technology portfolio. This includes both on-premise and cloud platforms.

You will ensure that we maintain effective partnerships with the departments of the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to support their operational and business requirements, while advocating a culture of accountability, ownership and customer focus.

To be successful, you will need significant experience in managing and completing projects and a detailed understanding of the impact of change, it’s interdependencies and impact on the business. Able to lead by example and engender trust and credibility, you will lead the range of services provided by the Technology team, communicating effectively to both IT professionals and non technical colleagues.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme

The Role

  • Leadership and management of the Service Desk Manager, Business Analysts/Business Partners and Technology Projects team. Including ongoing development of the team and any recruitment needs
  • Build strong relationships across the NCIs, promote best practice and maintain high standards
  • Establish and manage communication channels within and among departments to enable them to easily provide their feedback to the department on Technology issues and to clearly understand what Technology services are available and how to use them
  • Align with other Technology teams such as Application Support, Infrastructure and Service Desk
  • Manage outsourced services (in conjunction with the Procurement team) with the respective vendors, ensuring contract terms and targets are met, service reviews take place and contracts are robustly managed. Contributing to a defined operating model and the future road map for Technology
  • Translate NCIs business requirements into outline functional specifications and work with the 3rd party providers (where applicable) to impact assess and propose options on technical approach, required resources, timelines and estimated costs
  • Work with the NCIs, other customer organisations and other technology stakeholders to identify, define and best practice methods for the use of technology, e.g. security, manageability, scalability, supportability and usability
  • Contribute to the periodic review all applicable policies and procedures, in line with existing security and compliance policies
  • Work closely with key stakeholders, such as the Infrastructure Services Manager and Service Delivery Manager to create, implement and promote operational KPIs and OLAs to track performance of services
  • Provide regular analysis and reports that assist the Director of Technology and other senior managers to make informed decisions on Technology related challenges
  • Contribute to, shape, implement and promote the vision and strategy for Technology, including people, process and product
  • Good understanding and exposure to Microsoft ‘stack’ and the various tools within

The Requirements

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Ability to lead the range of services provided by the Technology team (Business Analysis, Project Management, IT Security, IT Training & Communications, Business Partnering)
  • Ability to effectively problem solve and identify ways to help system users
  • Ability to explain systems matters to non – technical staff
  • Demonstrative project management experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Technical experience in Microsoft systems, especially Office 365
  • Significant experience in managing and completing projects
  • Detailed understanding of the impact of change, it’s interdependencies and impact on the business
  • Experience in writing and presenting reports for and to a variety of purposes and audiences
  • High level of technical knowledge to address a range of issues and assist IT colleagues with queries

Education:

  • Degree educated or sector gained experience
  • ITIL Certified

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to delivering a high level of customer service
  • Able to lead by example, engender trust and demonstrate gravitas and credibility
  • Attention to detail, including tolerance and the ability to analyse, understand and produce detailed information accurately
  • Committed to continuing professional development and identifying means to update key knowledge

Circumstances:

The role is based in Westminster and requires working at Lambeth Palace or Bermondsey and occasional travel to Supported Housing locations across the Country

Desirable

Education:

  • Business Analysis qualification
  • Contract Management qualification
  • ITIL Qualification
  • Project Management certification

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Proficiency in methods and techniques for structured reviews of test plans, business cases and other key deliverables

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.