Technology Programme Lead – Enabling Technology Programme - Working for Essex
Salary: up to £66,664 per annum
Closing date: 05 Jun 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12608
Role: Operations
About the role

Technology Programme Lead – Enabling Technology Programme

Permanent, Full Time

up to £66,664 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 5th June 2023

Technology is transforming local government. Help drive the revolution.


Why join us

Technology Services is focused on ensuring current and future investment in our technology estate that maximises the opportunities to support ECC’s vision and performance. Bringing a clarity of focus to understanding and supporting the business functions will be key to exploiting technology in delivering positive business and social outcomes.


The way the organisation works has changed beyond recognition over the last two years, opening opportunities around how we manage and utilise our assets and how we engage with and support the citizens of Essex. This role, as a senior leader, will have significant professional impact and influence in driving forward technically and strategically innovative solutions that provide ‘best in class services.


This role will lead on the profiling, delivery, embedding and reviewing of two of the strategic pillars of our roadmap, ultimately driving this implementation of best practice technology that supports our vision of ‘Everyone’s Essex’.


This role will combine an understanding of local government, customer need and technology solutions to allow the postholder to carefully design their pillars of activity. An ability to work with stakeholders, identify innovative technologies and manage a portfolio of delivery are all essential.


Your role
  • Is the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) taking accountability for the overall delivery of this high value, high impact programme, dependencies, associated risk and benefits. Hold the programme budget and ensure that the programme is delivered within budget.
  • Drives forward the overall technology portfolio, leading and empowering change through the delivery benefits on time, within budget that meet the success criteria. Thinks creatively and collaboratively to remove blockers, engage senior stakeholders, and constantly promote the benefits of successful programme delivery and outcomes.
  • Accountable for developing and leading a cross-functional team (Technology Services and partner staff, including project managers and wider technical delivery team) in delivering best in industry, technology-based projects and solutions and facilitating the smooth delivery of the Enabling Technology roadmap.
  • Working across the organisation to deliver underpinning technology as well as supporting the identification of new technologies to deliver additional efficiencies, increased productivity and improved service delivery.
  • Accountable for building successful relationships with functions across the Council to lead the implementation of forward-thinking technological solutions in line with both Essex County Council’s and Technology Services’ strategic objectives
  • Expert in analysing, deciding and socialising the success criteria and then being accountable and responsible for the safe, timely and successful delivery of the strands of activity within the programme.
  • Responsible for establishing outcome-based success measures to underpin the delivery of each pillar, constantly ensuring the portfolio of activity designed meets that outcome. Provides ownership, leadership and expertise to identify and drive large and complex transformational change programmes to successful implementation and improved outcomes for in support of ECC Technology Strategy and strategic priorities.
  • Instils confidence through demonstrable technical and organisational knowledge. Understands key technical components and architecture critical to programme delivery, that ensures all activities reflect ECC Strategy, Technology reference architecture and security principles.
  • Responsible for defining, building, and implementing substantial organisational wide technology change and associated benefits. Act as advisor to ECC leadership team in developing the Council’s wider technology strategy and future initiatives. 
  • Accountable for the delivery of regular market scanning on behalf of and with Technology Services and functions to ensure the best possible technical solutions are assessed and included in projects. Define the strategic need for the commissioning and procurement of services, products, equipment, systems and facilities, as required for the delivery of the programme.
  • Build and lead effective external working relationships with key public and private sector partners to demonstrate value for money along with being equipped to respond to challenges and change. Ensure that ECC develops and builds a reputation for technology and innovation leadership within the sector.
  • Responsible for leading and hybrid multi-disciplinary team of directly reporting staff, and matrix managing a of a virtual team that will push the boundaries of technological innovation to deliver solutions for the needs of ECC, Essex businesses and our citizens
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.


About you
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience with evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of creating and proactively leading change initiatives in a complex business environment.
  • Proven experience of successfully managing financial/budgetary matters.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading deployment of technology projects that meet specified strategic goals and deliver benefit to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Significant understanding of operational viability within large and complex IT operations, either in the Public Sector or in the Private Sector with demonstrable understanding of the Public Sector environment.
  • Instils confidence through demonstrable technical and organisational knowledge. Understands key technical components and architecture critical to programme delivery, that ensures all activities reflect TS’s Strategy, Technology reference architecture and security principles.
  • Ability to understand and uphold the principles and compliance to the Technical Services reference architecture.
  • Able to demonstrate a clear understanding of, and capability to work within, relevant ICT related standards including HMG Security Policy Framework, IITIL4, ISO/IEC 38500, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 22301, ISO/IEC 20000, PRINCE2, TOGAF, MSP and APM.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence, persuade and negotiate with senior leaders, together with proven and demonstrable leadership and people management skills.
  • Evidence of continual professional development to keep pace with technical and business change that meet defined SFIA8 competencies
  • Able to resolve highly complex issues at a strategic level in respect of:
  • strategic analysis and planning
  • quality assurance and benefits realisation
  • budgetary control and resource management
  • communication, leadership and stakeholder management

To read more about us please visit: Corporate Services 

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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