Role: Head of Business Information and Systems

Salary: Grade 10, £66,853- £74,166 per annum

Location: Service Headquarters, Calcot, Reading

Benefits include: Excellent annual leave allowance of 29 days, flexible working, onsite gym, parking facilities and a superb Local Government Pension Scheme are available

Other information about our benefits can be found here

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    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is a progressive and community-focused organisation that works as one team to deliver services to the people of Berkshire.

    We have an engaged and dedicated team of some 700 diverse and talented individuals, an inclusive culture as well as a commitment to the training, development and wellbeing of our people.

    Information is the lifeblood of RBFRS, and ensuring that the right people have the right information at the right time is critical to the fulfilment of our commitments. The Head of Business Information and Systems role is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of information technology infrastructure, applications, information governance, and operational communications provision supports and enhances organisational goals whilst minimising information risk.

    This role reports directly to the Deputy Chief Executive/Director Corporate Services and is a key member of RBFRS’ Senior Leadership team. The successful candidate will play a key role in shaping RBFRS’ service evolution through the adoption and embedding of digital solutions over the next 3-5 years and beyond.

    RBFRS is a high performing, diverse and inclusive employer, and we require a high performing individual to drive the evolution of existing information systems and processes, with primary focus on consolidating and improving efficiency across the organisation. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in driving adoption and embedding of digital-based business process strategies and a proven track record of realising tangible business benefit in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, ease of use, simplification, automation and de-duplication of effort.

    The successful candidate will be inspired to demonstrate and promote behaviours in line with the Job Profile and our Behaviour Competency Framework as attached.

    The key focus of this role is:
    To provide strategic vision, direction and leadership of ICT across the Service and to performance manage Business Information Systems teams, processes and systems through the Corporate Business Planning Process. To coordinate activity across the ICT function to ensure the efficient delivery of the ICT service i.e. that consistent quality standards are achieved, proper governance arrangements are in place and resources are optimised. Develop and maintain a Service wide ICT investment plan ensuring appropriate forward planning to meet organisational capacity and to ensure all investment in ICT meets Service priorities. Ensure that the day to day ICT services are secure, robust and meet the needs of Services in terms of performance, availability and disaster recovery. Uphold and promote the values of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, complying with the required standards of conduct, integrity and behaviour at all times.

    Key role requirements (knowledge, skills and experience):
    Able to cultivate effective relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders based on trust and mutual respect Strong performance focus and commitment to improving service delivery Collaborative, enthusiastic team player highly customer focused Able to lead on resolving complex/high risk ICT matters Experience of leading and delivering significant change and business improvement initiatives. Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and develop a team of professionals, and manage operations to ensure delivery to defined performance standards and demonstrating value for money

    Application and selection process

    If you are interested in applying for this position click Apply Now.

    Please see the link to the Job Profile.

    Ideally, you will already hold a CIO/CIO -1 level role with extensive experience in strategic leadership and the ability to guide organisations on an extended evolutionary digital journey. You will exhibit a flexible approach to working hours and attendance and may be asked to attend meetings out of hours on occasion.

    You will also need to satisfy the requirements of a DBS check.

    The selection process will consist of three stages and is anticipated to take place from 6 February 2023, at Service Headquarters.

    Stage One

    CV and Supporting Statement (which should not exceed 1500 words), detailing why you are the best person for the role and how you meet the person specification. Submission of a report

    Stage Two

    Presentation to a staff panel. The presentation will be the key points of the written report submitted in stage one, and must be presented in 20 minutes. 10 minutes for questions/answers. Competency based interview Clarity 4D Personality Profile (not assessed) Stage two will take place from 6 February 2023 and successful candidates will be invited to stage three.

    Stage Three

    Values and Behaviours Based Interview on the Behavioral Competency Framework

    For further details about the role please contact Nikki Richards, Deputy Chief Executive/Director Corporate Services at richardsn@rbfrs.co.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

    Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CV’s without an accompanying application form.

    Closing date for applications is 16:00 hours 27th January 2023

    Anticipated start date: May 2023 (earlier if applicant is available)

    It is anticipated that the assessment process will run from 6th February 2023

    The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process.

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    At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we want you to bring your whole self to work.

    Equality, diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. That’s why we are committed to creating a culture where everyone feels included and respected, and where no one is unfairly discriminated against. All applications are considered on merit alone. We are a Disability Confident Employer – if you meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview.

    Simply: Our community is varied and diverse. Our workforce should be too. At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, everyone is welcome.

    To find out more: rbfrs.co.uk/EqualityDiversityInclusion

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