Employer: Health Data Research UK
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer
Location: HDR UK Offices, Health Data Research UK, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. All HDR UK roles are primarily based at the London offices, however we are flexibly working across a number of geographical locations. Travel may be required to HDR UK locations and partner organisations.
Contract type: This is a permanent, full time role
More than ever before, access to large scale health data and analytics is critical the fight against illness and disease. By combining data and expertise from academia, research and healthcare we can create a more informed picture of global health, and how we can best protect it.
Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national Institute for health data science with a mission to unite the UK's health data to enable discoveries that improve people's lives. The work we're doing is making a difference every single day. We've been absolutely central to the UK's response to COVID-19, enabling a trustworthy, national approach to using health data that draws on the full capabilities of UK research.
It's a fast-paced, cutting-edge place to work, and our success means we're now growing rapidly - creating a host of opportunities for committed, motivated people across the organisation. We employ talented individuals who bring their own unique skills and experience to support the vision and benefit the whole team.
We now have a unique opportunity for a Chief Technology Officer to join the Executive Team to provide technology leadership for Health Data Research UK, including driving the technology vision of the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway. Launched in February this year, the Gateway provides a common entry point to discover and request access to UK health datasets, including those that are helping to tackle COVID-19, helping scientists to help answer their important research questions. You will also be responsible for ensuring HDR UK has the technology infrastructure and skills to deliver its mission.
This is a high-profile leadership role with major UK-wide responsibilities and so it is essential that you have authoritative knowledge and understanding of enterprise architecture concepts, agile system development and open source. You will be capable of building effective relationships and networks of individuals and organisations, both within the UK and internationally, with proven business analysis and leadership skills.
Chief Technology Officer Role
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to provide technology leadership for this growing national institute and the distributed research infrastructure. The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for fostering and supporting the technical collaboration across the health data research ecosystem to ensure coordinated progress towards a sustainable UK infrastructure for health, biomedical and biological information, supporting health and biomedical informatics research and its translation to societal benefit. The CTO is also responsible for ensuring the HDR UK organisation has the technology infrastructure and skills to deliver its mission.
The CTO leads and coordinates the design and development of the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway and related processes to enable the provision of consistent and meaningful research access to data to enable discoveries that improve people's lives. As part of the HDR UK Executive Committee, this is a high-profile leadership role with major UK-wide responsibilities.
- Gateway product owner
- Leading the design and definition of the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway and coordinating supporting infrastructure partnerships, to improve the secure access and improved utility of UK health data for research and innovation.
- Line management of the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway team.
- Accountable to the Executive Committee and HDR UK Improving & Uniting Data Delivery Group (IDG) for the delivery of the Gateway programme, including budget management, and for ensuring effective integration with other activities (e.g., the UK Health Data Research Alliance and Health Data Research Hubs).
- Provide strategic and technical accountability and leadership for HDR UK's information technology, and responsible for HDR UK achieving ISO27001
- Review HDR UK strategic opportunities and projects to ensure they conform with a consistent enterprise architecture and provide specialist input to projects to ensure the quality of project deliverables.
- Work with the Director, CEO and other members of the Executive Committee to lead the development and implementation of governance and processes to support the mission, specifically leading development and dissemination of information on technology advances and tools to the HDR UK community.
- Champion HDR UK's mission, research and projects, for example, representing HDR UK in appropriate technology forums and conferences.
Planning and organising
- Lead and coordinate the production of architecture specifications for the Gateway which will provide the basis for development work undertaken by project teams across HDR UK.
- Leading technical communication and promotion of the architecture across HDR UK and/or external parties.
- Maintaining relationships with partners, planning meetings and communication as required.
- Producing and collating papers associated with the Gateway for the HDR Executive Committee, IDG, Board and Funders.
- Advising on collaboration and other technologies and tools to support projects across HDR UK.
- Managing and prioritising personal workload, with an appreciation of longer-term issues, within agreed timescales to ensure project deadlines are met.
- Negotiate with external partners and Gateway users to understand and prioritise goals and requirements.
- Leading the achievement of ISO27001.
- Identifying and leading the resolution of problems associated with the Gateway and other key HDR UK technologies.
- Analysing business needs and business processes, generating original ideas and innovative solutions to complex problems.
- Identifying ways to successfully communicate technical information to business partners.
- Providing specialist technical leadership and governance advice and input to projects.
- Identifying technology opportunities to realise HDR UK's vision and mission, and leading prioritisation and decision making processes associated with these opportunities.
- Determining the most effective architecture and design of architecture building blocks which best meet the requirements of HDR UK.
- Determining whether projects are conforming to HDR UK architectural principles and best practices.
- Identifying issues or problems which may jeopardise project deadlines or compromise the outcome required and highlighting these to the project manager and/or sponsor.
- Work collaboratively and closely with staff from across HDR UK, both technical and business partners, who are involved in Gateway, data management, software development, and data analysis.
- Supporting HDR UK's IT lead in ensuring requirements are met (including Gateway operations, website, staff IT and corporate systems).
- Provide the primary contact point for project managers and business partners for discussion and resolution of architecture issues.
- Providing technology leadership across the health data research community, including participating in internal and external committees, conferences and groups, and increasing the profile of architecture within HDR UK.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Authoritative knowledge and understanding of enterprise architecture concepts, of agile system development project life cycle, and of open source.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, able to persuade, motivate and lead others at all levels, and to explain concepts without technical jargon.
- Business analysis skills that are identifiable through previous experience.
- Ability and willingness to provide technical leadership.
- Experienced in leading a team of direct reports, and managing contracts and partnerships
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to absorb complex information and quickly identify the key points.
- Technology and political neutrality.
- Confidence to work under pressure to deliver effective and high quality outputs.
- Understanding of relevant legislation and the impact of non-compliance.
The job-holder will have a large degree of autonomy working with external partners and leading a team and thus a significant amount of responsibility. They will be capable of building effective relationships and networks of individuals and organisations, including volunteers, senior levels of management in health, social care and industry as well as developing information systems and data architecture that facilitate the smooth running of such networks.
For more information, download the application pack here - https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/jobs/chief-technology-officer/.
Please apply with a CV and covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining what you can bring to this role, including your current salary.
Closing date: 2nd November 2020
Interview date: Either the 11th or 18th of November (to be confirmed)
Equal Opportunities Policy Statement
Health Data Research UK is an equal opportunities employer, and as such aims to treat all employees, consultants and applicants fairly. It is our policy to provide employment equality to all, irrespective of:
- Gender, including gender reassignment
- Marital or civil partnership status
- Having or not having dependants
- Religion or belief
- Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
- Sexual orientation
We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All job applicants and employees who work for us will be treated fairly and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any of the above grounds. Decisions about recruitment and selection, promotion, training or any other benefit will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination.
HDR UK's values guide how we work together within HDR UK and with our partners and other stakeholders:
- Transparency: we will share information, insights, and innovations so that we learn faster together.
- Optimism: we believe that we can make things better, that we can do things differently and that we can overcome challenges to create a new and thriving health data ecosystem that benefits patients and the public, the NHS, scientific discovery and industry.
- Respect: we deliver better results when we work in a truly interdisciplinary way. We listen, share, and respect a diversity of thought and opinion, perspective, and experience. We are inclusive - leveraging and fairly attributing the expertise and capabilities of others.
- Courage: we are leading the way and will be prepared to try new things, take risks, embrace ambiguity, and challenge the status quo. We will contribute opinions to shape the future of health data research.
- Humility: we have a lot to learn from others; and aim to be free from pride and arrogance.
Job ID: 2859035