About the role
One of the central parts of our support offer to councils is our work around digital transformation, supporting councils to meet the needs of their local communities through 12 strategic digitalisation outcomes. While councils like much of society, have embraced technology and digitalised how we live and work, this is a rapidly evolving landscape, and we are very much at the beginning of this journey. The Government has the ambition to make the UK a science and technology superpower. As leaders of place and with local government annual spend totalling over £70 billion, digitalised councils are best placed to unlock and lead digital transformation in their local communities and meet resident expectations through digitalised services.
This role is pivotal in ensuring that the realities of local government are understood by Government in the implementation of their vision to be a technology superpower, and that councils are supported to deliver these ambitions locally.
This role sits within a small team that will work with stakeholders across the LGA, councils and Government to help make this happen. The work is varied, with the successful applicant working across a wide range of digitalisation policy issues, including AI, digital identities, and a secure supply chain.
From commissioning research and supporting the development of policy, to running events and working directly with councils and civil servants, this is a role where very few days are the same and where collaboration is key to achieving a successful outcome.
The successful candidate will join an organisation with a strong track record of leading the national debate and supporting councils, and that works confidently with partners across government to strengthen policy development and advocate for the best outcomes for councils and the communities they serve.
You will have a demonstrable interest in the potential digital technology has for the delivery of public services. You will have the knowledge, experience and credibility to engage with government and organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will be able to take a strategic, forward-looking approach and will have the political awareness to contribute to the development of effective relationships with the LGA’s political groups as well as with external partners and national government.
The person to whom we offer this post will be an excellent communicator, problem solver and team player, as well as having the ability for self-directed research and independent work. Your ability to grasp issues quickly and adapt to a rapidly shifting context will make you stand out. Your experience of working in local government and your commitment to local leadership is strongly desirable.
You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage.
If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.
We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 27 November 2023
Interview Date: Tuesday 5 December 2023
At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”. If you are require an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via HRandPayroll@local.gov.uk