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HMRC launches search for permanent CDIO, offers £200k salary

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has begun searching for a permanent chief digital information officer to succeed its interim CDIO Mark Denney.

The British tax authority has appointed Korn Ferry, a US consultancy firm, to lead the search and is offering a salary of up to £200,000 to the successful candidate, with a 30 per cent bonus opportunity.

Denney joined HMRC last year from his role as CIO of Barclays. He took over from Jacky Wright, who worked for the department while on sabbatical from Microsoft, in November.

During his time at HMRC, Denney has led the team that built the technology underpinning the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The team scored praise from business leaders last month after processing wage subsidy requests on behalf of a million furloughed workers on the day of the scheme’s launch.

See also: HMRC digital team wins praise after processing 1m furlough claims in eight hours

The job advert for Denney’s successor states: “HMRC is undergoing significant transformation, including helping the UK to respond to challenges such as the COVID-19 crisis and leaving the EU’s customs union and single market.

“Right now, HMRC is playing a vital role by launching new online systems to provide financial support to employers and the self-employed, to limit the long-term impact of COVID-19 on UK business and the broader economy.

“As CDIO of HMRC, you will tackle one of the largest and most challenging roles, not just in the public sector but, in any sector.”

Candidates are expected to have “proven experience of operating in a strategic CIO/CDIO post in a large, highly regulated and high-transaction based organisation; a significant financial services or telecommunications business, for example”.

The successful candidate will report to the chief executive and first permanent secretary of HMRC, Jim Harra, and sit on the executive board. “[The candidate] will lead one of the biggest digital transformations in Europe as HMRC further leverages digital technology and data during the crucial years ahead,” the job advert states.

The deadline for applications is 23:55 on Friday 29 May, and final interviews are set to take place between 20 and 31 July. More details on the application process can be found here.