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Chief Digital & Information Officer

Chief Digital & Information Officer
Edinburgh (flexible)
Attractive Senior Package
SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe.  Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national, and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.
As a progressive, research-underpinned tertiary institution, SRUC is in a strong position to create a step change in meeting the demand for skills in Scotland. We have developed a strategic institutional domain focus on the Natural Economy, as a cornerstone for incorporating commercial reach and impact, with integration and flow across research, education and business. We see this, and the way in which SRUC works at the intersection of business, government, and society, as critical to delivery of the levels of skills and innovation required.
SRUC wishes to appoint an outstanding leader to the newly created position of Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO). The position offers an exciting opportunity for an energetic and dynamic individual who will shape the development and delivery of the SRUC’s Digital and Information strategies. SRUC will be a digitally-enhanced, enterprise led, tertiary institution with digitally independent and intelligent staff with an experimental mindset, allowing us to utilise digital innovations to meet our own and our stakeholders’ needs in continually changing environments.
The post holder will be a member of our executive leadership team and provide the digital leadership to help shape and deliver our teaching research and commercial activities, working with a mixture of in-house, and external partners to transform and enhance our digital capabilities.
You will have an exceptional track record in leading digitally enabled strategy and change management in complex organisations, you will be a first-class leader with the requisite ambition, vision and connectivity to drive SRUC to even greater success through digital transformation. Critically, you will have a compelling vision for digital transformation that matches our bold and ambitious plans for the Institution.
SRUC’s strategy prioritises the development of a ‘digital first’ approach to systems and services supported by the necessary technology and infrastructure. The new CDIO will lead this digital transformation ensuring SRUC is sector leading in this area. This will require a transformational ‘step change’ in service and support to users. The post-holder, through exercising a high degree of independent professional responsibility and discretion, will lead the provision of an excellent and innovative Digital and Information strategy and service and will play a key strategic role in the delivery of SRUC’s strategic aims.
The responsibilities of the CDIO fall into the following broad areas:
  • The CDIO will champion, develop and oversee the implementation of SRUC’s Digital and Information strategies.
  • The CDIO will act as will act as the intellectual leader for maximising digital in academic and commercial activities
  • The CDIO will have leadership oversight responsibility for the professional services staff through creation of a new Digital and Information Services Group, ensuring that the staff are properly aligned to support the delivery of SRUC’s strategic objectives with a strong user centric ethos
  • The CDIO, as member of the Executive Leadership Team, will contribute on a corporate basis to strategic matters affecting SRUC
For a confidential discussion please contact Donogh O’Brien or Mike Orr at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.
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Closing date – Monday 13th September 2021