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Assistant Director of Strategy and Architecture

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County Hall, MATLOCK
Salary details
Grade 16 £77,311 to £83,260 (inclusive of £10k market supplement for 2 years)
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 Hours per week
Closing Date
26 May 2024

Assistant Director of IT Strategy & Architecture

Matlock, Derbyshire/Hybrid

£77,311 to £83,260 - (Inclusive of £10k market supplement for 2 years)

Are you ready to lead, shape, and deliver impactful IT strategies that transform the way Derbyshire County Council serves its community?

At Derbyshire County Council, we are truly ambitious about building on our success to date and continuing our journey to becoming a more modern, effective and Enterprising Council. We are seeking an Assistant Director Strategy & Architecture to drive innovation and efficiency in our ICT provision.

Derbyshire County Council is embarking on an exciting journey towards the future of ICT services, and we are looking for a strategically minded, architecture specialist to lead the change. In this pivotal role, you will provide strategic guidance to ensure our ICT provision supports the Council's priorities, initiatives, and ambitions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: Develop and implement a comprehensive ICT strategy that aligns with the Council's vision and objectives. Lead the strategic planning process to ensure the ICT provision supports the priorities, initiatives, and ambitions of the Council.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster strong relationships with key stakeholders, including Cabinet members, executive directors, and external partners. Provide strategic advice and guidance on ICT matters to ensure service priorities align with Council plans.
  • Innovation and Change Management: Drive cultural change and technological innovation within the organisation. Lead the exploration of emerging technologies and trends to identify opportunities for improving service delivery and enhancing the Council's digital capabilities.
  • Financial Management: Manage and monitor the ICT budget, identifying opportunities for cost savings and efficiency improvements. Develop strategies to maximise the financial resources available for ICT initiatives while ensuring alignment with the Council's overall financial objectives.
  • Leadership and Management: Provide strong leadership to the ICT Strategy & Architecture team, guiding their development and ensuring alignment with organisational goals. Foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement across ICT service areas and council departments.

This list is not exhaustive, please look at the attached job and person profile for further detail about this role.

Qualifications Required:

  • Degree equivalent and/or equivalent recognised ICT professional qualification and/or relevant experience
  • Industry recognised qualification or certification for Enterprise Architecture and/or relevant experience. For Example; TOGAF, BCS
  • Evidence of recent and on-going continuous professional and personal development

What we offer you: 

  • 34 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Flexi time, allowing up to an additional 2 days of leave per month.
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Generous local government pension scheme with a 20.80% employer contribution
  • Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases.
  • Access to a comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Discounts at selected county leisure centres
  • and much more!

The Council is currently undergoing a period of positive transformation and growth, focusing on developing its people and services to be the very best they can be. There has never been a better time to join.

How to Apply:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an exceptional individual. If you are a visionary strategic leader with a passion for ICT architecture, we invite you to apply for this exceptional opportunity to lead the way forward at Derbyshire County Council.

We are accepting CVs for this position, so it is easier than ever to apply, just click on “Apply now” to register and upload your CV.

The Council is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Due to this post having administrative privileges within the Council’s IT systems, and in order to comply with the Public Services Network requirements, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Basic criminal record check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.