The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is hiring its first ever Director General of Digital and Media Policy – and it’s no small job.
For around £110,000 – which looks great if you’re a lowly journo but might not if you’re eyeing this from a corporate role – the right person will lead on working with the tech sector, look at huge issues like cyber security and fulfil manifesto commitments like (ahem) “superfast” broadband.
You’ll likely have to hit the ground running as the Digital Economy Bill, which was introduced in the Queen’s Speech and will head into parliament soon, mandates someone to: “make the UK a world leader in digital provision – a place where technology ceaselessly transforms the economy, society and government”.
The role covers the media, the creative industries, telecoms and all the best internet issues, both at a national and international level. It also requires a large amount of cross-department working as something like tech investment is shared with UKTI and the FCO, while the Home Office also takes a shared interest in things like counter-extremism online.
You’ll even do a spot of “horizon scanning” with the Government Chief Scientist, who earlier this year completed a big piece of work on blockchain.
The UK is, of course, not unknown for ambitious but ultimately failed government projects.
It’d be worthwhile to not go in there thinking you’re going to push for the next Digital Media Initiative at the BBC.