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Digital and Smart Cities Lead Officer

About Barnet Council

Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better.

As an organisation, our staff are committed to Our Values – We Care, We Can Be Trusted, We Work Together, We Value Diversity, We Embrace Change and Innovation – which drive everything we do.

About Directorate and Development Directorate

We are shaping Barnet as a place to Live, Work, Study and Visit.  Through Barnet’s Growth Strategy we are delivering the housing, connectivity, support for businesses and town centres, and social infrastructure needed to sustain and improve local communities. Our Planning, Housing, Regeneration, Economic Development, and Estates services are a community of talented people solving the real-world problems and challenges that need to be addressed to deliver change and improve lives.  We are delivering this through many strategic partnerships that collectively form one of the largest development programmes in England.

About the role

The Digital and Smart Cities role is a great opportunity to lead the delivery of Barnet’s digital infrastructure programme, to liaise effectively with West London Alliance boroughs, and to achieve the council’s priorities in relation to regeneration and place.

  • Steer the Council through the decision-making and business processes necessary to unlock a multi-million-pound investment programme to deliver fibre broadband to 14,000 Barnet Council properties
  • Work with stakeholders and track commissioned project actions against targets, take ownership and management of project monitoring to ensure the commissioned objectives are met; take follow up or remedial actions if required.
  • Provide support to cross-council and third sector digital inclusion programmes; with responsibility for monitoring and reporting outcomes and defining new programmes.
  • Work with WLA boroughs to develop tools to commercialise digital assets and infrastructure in the borough that supports the delivery of effective local public services and leads to new partnerships with business and community groups.

About you

The Digital and Smart Cities Officer role is a great opportunity for you to apply your project, programme management and administration skills in the area of digital communications and smart technologies.

  • Willingness to learn and understand technology and the role that local authorities can play in unlocking the potential to improved services and drive innovation.
  • Expertise in digital communications and smart city technologies is desirable but not essential, willingness and capacity to learn is the essential requirement.
  • Demonstrable experience in administration, project and programme delivery.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Awareness of the planning and political context of London including Economic Development, Planning, Regeneration, and/or Place-Making.
  • The ability to develop networks across public, private and voluntary sectors and work effectively with stakeholders and residents in local communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the statutory, regulatory, policy, strategic and service delivery framework in which local government operates.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Highly developed IT, problem solving and analytical skills.

What we offer

  • 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
  • Work-life balance options may include flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Employee well- being training programs

How to apply

Click on the apply button and on our website where you will find the job listed. Please read through job description and person specification and complete the online application form. If you would like any further information about the role before applying, please contact Adam Driscoll, Commissioning Lead, Growth, adam.driscoll@barnet.gov.uk.

If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.

Barnet Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.

To deliver Barnet Council’s commitment to equality of opportunity in the provision of services, all staff are expected to promote equality in the workplace and in the services the Council delivers. As such we value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Click here to read our equality statement.

Barnet Council embraces all forms of flexible working (including part-time, compressed hours, and remote working) and is committed to offering employees a healthy work-life balance. Candidates are encouraged to talk about relevant requirements and preferences at interview. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

All posts with the council are subject to a probationary period of six months, during which time you will be required to demonstrate to the council satisfaction your suitability for the position in which you will be employed.

Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close vacancies before the stated closing date if sufficient number of applications are received. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.

Please ensure you regularly check the email account (including JUNK MAIL folders) that you use to submit your application, as any further communication regarding your application will be sent electronically. Should you not hear from us within four working weeks of the closing date for this post, then regretfully in this instance, you have not been shortlisted.

If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.