Ministry of Justice advertises for CIO

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is on the hunt for a chief information officer (CIO) to lead its shared services roll out.

The Justice department, which is one of the largest government departments, said the CIO would "drive a harmonisation, simplification and streamlining agenda, creating a more efficient and effective IT framework".

The successful candidate would manage more than 1,100 IT professionals, and lead the shift towards shared services integration and system simplification.

The advertised salary is £160,000 plus benefits.

Established as a Ministry in 2007, the MoJ has over 80,000 staff at 2,700 locations, and uses "a wide-array of systems and technology".

"This is one of the most complex and challenging CIO seats in government and will therefore assume a seat on the Government CIO Council," said the advertisement , which featured on The Times website.

"This is a challenging stakeholder management role where leadership, personal stature, credibility and energy will be tested in order to cement the benefits of change," the ad continued.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 26 May 2009.

Previous CIO, Andrew Gay, has held the position for less than a year.

The advertisement made no mention of the problematic National Offender Management Information System (NOMIS), which is overdue, over-budget and will do less than originally planned according to the National Audit Office (NAO). In March, the government’s efficiency watchdog issued a critical report that said project leaders had been over optimistic, and costs had doubled to £513 million.

This view was shared by the project's new chief Phil Wheatley, who last week told the Public Accounts Committee that the sheer scale of the system was not appreciated by its management team, and the amount of change had been "underestimated".

Wheatley said the project is has been vastly improved, and said the final parts will be delivered in 2011.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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