Chief Information Officer

Force Headquarters, Camden, London
Full Time
Up to £123,157.57
Only areas within Greater London are entitled to this allowance.
Up to £24,473

A Chief Information Officer (CIO) is required for an exciting permanent opportunity with British Transport Police (BTP) based in Camden, London, but delivering services and driving change across England, Scotland and Wales. Role remuneration for the suitable candidate is up to £123,157.57 per annum.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground. Our officers and staff ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing.

The Force has embarked upon an ambitious and far reaching digital transformation. We aim to exploit digitisation, Artificial Intelligence and big data to improve how the public and rail partners access our services; to transform how we operationally anticipate and meet that need; to modernise the business functions that support our officers and staff; and to enable modern ways of working.

We have recently completed a modernisation of our core infrastructure. We have delivered a new network to support our 150 police stations, new police operating systems, mobile technology for our officers, and Office 365.

We are looking to employ a CIO who has the expertise to deliver first rate, secure information services to a national organisation, and the experience, creativity and drive to gain the full business benefits of our technology investment, and lead our data analytics and new ways of working agenda.

We want to imaginatively and energetically exploit data integration across the policing and rail network, ensuring information is pushed to the point of need. We are enthusiastic and open minded in drawing best practice and technology from other sectors where it can contribute to protecting the public.

We require an experienced, innovative and highly dynamic leader with a proven record of driving operational change through building digital capability. You will have led complex organisations through periods of transformation, exploiting the use of data and new technologies to add real business value. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate how they will take a creative approach to delivering a digital strategy aligned with the ambitions of the Force and embed it.

The successful individual will visualise opportunities, will challenge the Force to innovate, and drive through system solutions. Whilst leading and transforming the Technology department and its services will be a core part of the role, this individual must be highly visible beyond the Department, inspire the Force to attain digital opportunities, and deliver Force wide improvement from digital systems to digital skills. You will have a deep understanding of how the cashable and non-cashable benefits of digital change are realised.

The successful candidate will be required to evidence the following skills and experience:

  • Effective and transformative leadership of an IT Department in a comparable organisation, delivering first rate, secure, and customer focused services
  • Delivering organisational-wide digital transformation and realising cashable and non-cashable benefits
  • Visible leadership and senior leader engagement to create the conditions to enable digital change
  • Driving business change through artificial intelligence and big data
  • Delivering the organisational culture and skills to realise digital ways of working
  • Responsibility for setting, managing and approving the overall Technology budget for the Force which amounts to annual revenue spend of £15.5m, with additional capital project funding of £6m-£9m.
  • Leading and developing multidisciplinary technical teams.
  • Executing IT strategies encompassing digital change.
  • Extensive experience of managing complex IT budgets, both revenue and capital.
  • Extensive experience of writing strategic documents, complex business cases and presenting to senior stakeholders.

In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  •  Salary of up to £123,157.57 (inclusive of base salary, on-call allowance, London allowance and a SFIA supplement)
  •  Private healthcare
  •  28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  •  Final salary pension scheme
  •  Other benefits include a bespoke BTP rewards platform and various salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and childcare as well as many high street and online retail discounts

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

Candidates will be asked to provide a CV together with supporting statement outlining their skills and experience.

The following supporting information is attached:

  • A Letter From Our Chief Constable
  • BTP 2021 Strategy
  • BTP 2021 Progress Update

Please contact Luke Price, IT Resourcing Project Advisor for any further questions on 0121 634 5630 / 07880 178582 or We kindly ask recruitment agencies not to send CVs. If CVs are received, we reserve the right to engage with the candidate directly without a fee being paid under any circumstances.

Candidates internal to BTP must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance, that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date, that a ‘Competent’ rating, or above, was achieved on the last reporting year PDR and they have completed their tenure period (six months) for current substantive posting.

This opportunity is closed to applications.