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Assistant Director of Capabilities & Innovation

Premium Job From London Borough of Newham
Recruiter: London Borough of Newham
Listed on: 11th May
Location: Newham, East London
Salary/Rate: £84,336 - £93,708
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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About us

oneSource is one of the largest and most diverse ‘in-house' shared service functions in the UK, supporting London Boroughs of Havering (LBH) & Newham (LBN). Bringing together 23 different services and over 1,000 employees; we pride ourselves on; the integrity and professionalism of our people, the ethics and quality of our business practices, and ensuring the best value for our customers, residents and the public purse.

Our vision is to provide a shared service for the public sector, by the public sector. Our mission is to make our vision a reality by moving from an outsourcer to an integrated corporate service. Both our vision and mission are underpinned by our core objectives to drive council-wide improvements and nurture relationships with stakeholders, whilst developing & empowering teams to achieve operational excellence.

Recognising the many relationships between both colleagues and partners, we have a unique oneSource standard that embodies the work we do, which simply translates into one core value, ‘Supportive'. By providing a supportive culture, we create an open environment to inspire, challenge, and develop our people, which in turn contributes to a positive impact on the output of our services. We are committed to being supportive in everything we do:

  • In our work
  • In our communications
  • To our environment
  • To each other
  • To ourselves

About the Job

We are undergoing a transformation of our IT organisation to improve the quality and capacity of our services and are seeking an energetic and passionate Assistant Director of Capabilities & Innovation to lead the development and enhancement of our IT services, products, and systems, whilst overseeing the management and planning of new business opportunities to directly support our circa 7000 staff and indirectly our 630.000+ residents and businesses in two vibrant London boroughs.

This role will lead a diverse team of around 35 to support existing application estate and develop new technologies and capabilities for the wider IT department of circa 130. The role will lead, develop and professionalise the technical and non-technical capabilities required to enhance the service's offering, adapting to the needs of a 21st-century technology landscape.  With a good understanding of current IT trends, the role offers the autonomy to explore possibilities to generate additional revenue via the various IT workstreams.

Developing long-standing relationships, the Assistant Director works with partners across both councils to identify the business challenges, opportunities, and future direction of the various services, to increase collaborative working and cost-saving initiatives - promoting the vision of ‘getting better together'.

About You

We're looking for a competent leader with a strong background in driving innovation across the IT space. Experienced in the design and execution of technology roadmaps, you will be able to display your expertise within strategy and planning.

With an understanding of the technology landscape either in public or private sectors, you will be an innovator who thrives on the ability to look at things differently, presenting prospective IT solutions that significantly impact the delivery of an IT service.

Working with a talented group of individuals, you will be required to coach, develop and motivate teams to reach a level of operational excellence, whilst establishing a culture of continuous improvement and learning to maintain a capable and high-performing workforce.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as we are committed to ensuring an inclusive working environment for all.

About Us

The London Borough of Newham is located only 5 miles east of London. It is well positioned with access to all major networks in London and the south east.  It is well connected by public transport with, bus, tube and DLR. When the Crossrail service opens it will call at Custom House close to our council offices and also Stratford station and from there to central London. The London City Airport which serves major European cities is located at Royal Albert Dock. Newham has the youngest overall population in the country. It was one of the six host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics and contains most of the Olympic Park including the London Stadium. It has a thriving arts quarter with the both the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Stratford Circus Arts Centre offering excellent entertainment for all the family. There is the University of East London which has two campuses in Newham, one in Stratford and another next to the regenerated Royal Albert Dock. It also has a large Westfield shopping Centre in Stratford which has all the major retailers there.

Newham has a large housing regeneration programme that will build over 1,000 new council homes by 2022.

To apply, please visit our website by clicking 'Apply Now'

Closing date: 20 May 2021
Interview date: 26 May 20221.
Offer/ Feedback: 31 May 2021.

*Please note that should you be shortlisted to interview, you must be able to attend an interview on the 26 May 2021. Unfortunately, due to panel availability, this cannot be rescheduled. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on the 21 May 2021.