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Chief Data Officer - ID2023-7063

Salary - £83,328 - £84,456 (plus a £5000 annual Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) pay supplement after a 3 month qualifying period.)
Location - Dundee or Glasgow
Hours - 37 hours per week
Closing Date - 16th October 2023 at Midnight
Reference - ID2023- 7063
Employment Type - Permanent


Chief Data Officer | Hybrid Working with Glasgow or Dundee Base Location | £83,328 - £84,456 + £5,000 DDaT Pay Supplement after 3 month qualifying period | Full or Part Time Hours | Flexi- time | 25 Days annual leave (increasing to 30 after 4 years’ service) plus 11.5 Public and Privilege| Contributory Pension Scheme (employee contributions 7.35% employer contributions 30.3%)|

This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced Chief Data Officer with background in data, analytics, governance and a deep technical understanding of how data can drive organisational performance to join Social Security Scotland’s Senior Management Team.

Your experience in, and enthusiasm for the field of data and the benefits that data-driven business can bring to the Scottish public sector will be shown through your leadership of this area for the organisation and in your collaboration with peers in the Scottish Government and the organisation’s partners in Scotland. You will have a passion for public sector service delivery and managing the vast sensitive data sets that we handle on behalf of the people of Scotland.

Working directly to the Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) and part of the divisional Senior Management Team, the Chief Data Officer will provide strategic leadership to the Data function and be responsible for defining, implementing and the ongoing delivery of Social Security Scotland's Data Strategy. You will directly lead two teams within Social Security Scotland's Data Protection and Information Governance team in addition to providing leadership of a multi-disciplinary, virtual Data Management team, which includes specialist resources from policy development, analysts, user research and Data Protection and Information Governance team to ensure compliance with data protection legislation and requirements. In addition you will work with the Caldicott Guardian.

DDaT Pay Supplement

This post attracts a £5000 Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) pay supplement after a 3 months DDaT competency qualifying period. The payment will be backdated to your start date in the role. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review. This post is part of the Scottish Government DDaT profession. As a member of the profession you will join the professional development system, currently BCS RoleModelplus.

Main Duties

• Be the Chief Data Officer for Social Security Scotland, providing advice to the Chief Digital Information Officer and the Agency’s senior leadership team as appropriate, leading data-driven decisions and outcomes for the Agency;
• Through ownership of Social Security Scotland’s data strategy, lead the strategic approach for the Agency managing data as a business asset, maximising the impact of existing and, where necessary, establishing new governance structures within Social Security Scotland, respecting the Agency’s values;
• Key member of the Chief Digital Office Senior Management Team, working with senior colleagues to lead them to understand and embed data as a business asset into the operations of the organisation;
• Provide senior leadership – direct or indirect – to technical, analytical and non-technical staff to develop and deliver a portfolio of data policies, platforms and data-driven transformation, deriving value from data, across Social Security Scotland’s functions, building on developments under the Scottish Government’s Social Security Programme that is scheduled to finish in early 2026;
• Setting direction for requirements of the analytical function to meet the needs of the Agency;
• Communicate credibly and build strong networks with a wide range of senior stakeholders within Scottish Government, UK Government Departments and Partner organisations particularly those who may need to utilise data held by the Agency for their functions and vice versa;
• Maintain an awareness of developing data and information governance strategy and technologies, policy and practice including keeping abreast of Scottish Government policy in this area. Engage in appropriate professional learning and development to build professional knowledge and expertise;
• Contribute to national and partners’ programmes, as required, related to value creation from data within Scotland;
• Line management of four senior leaders within the Section, each of who has their own team. You will support the teams to build their skills and balance business delivery with wellbeing;
• Deputising for the Chief Digital Information Officer as required at various governance forums within both the Agency and the wider Social Security Programme as required.

Further Information

Social Security Scotland are a Disability Confident Employer. We will consider and implement any reasonable adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment process and during the course of your employment, should you be successful in securing a post. If you feel you may require assistance with any part of our recruitment process, please contact us at

More information about the role and how to apply is available at: Chief Data Officer in Dundee or Glasgow| Careers (

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