UK taxman plans to, er, Crown Hosting boss. Who'll take £115k to be its champion in HMRC?

Seeks willing body to 'take services live' plus another senior type for networks role

The UK's taxman is looking for a head of networks and a boss for Crown Hosting and enterprise cloud services and have offered each taker between £90k and £115k to become part of its IT and digital services teams.

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Crown Hosting, you may recall, was set up in 2015 in a bid to give departments a stepping stone to the public cloud by housing legacy systems in facilities run jointly with data centre firm Ark, with the latter owning 75 per cent after netting a contract worth up to £700m.

However, uptake of the offer is thought to have been very low, with departments deciding not to shift as many of their systems to the data centre as the powers-that-be bargained for.

Nonetheless, the British tax-slurper is looking for someone to head up its own Crown Hosting efforts, to work with the wider programme to "influence its adoption across HMRC".

Both of the new recruits will fall under HMRC's Chief Digital Information Office and the positions are advertised at salaries of between £90,000 and £115,000. The job-hunters will be tasked with helping HMRC in what it describes as "bold plans" to create a "dynamic, agile technology organisation".

The hosting boss will be responsible for boosting the use of the Crown Hosting programme, establishing it as a live service, and will have to help develop a new financial operating model for its use within HMRC.

They will also be responsible for devising a training plan for the team, leading a "cultural change" to introduce new ways of working, and coming up with key operating metrics to measure the success of Crown Hosting Services.

Meanwhile, the new head of networks will be responsible for the design, architecture and overall performance of the LAN, wireless and HMRC's IT estate, including the provision of network and other fundamental infrastructure resources.

The new staffer will have to draw up network guidelines, standards and service integration processes for internal and external services. They will also have to design, agree and manage Service Level Agreements and Operational Level Agreements.

Unsurprisingly, both positions call for strong IT skills, leadership abilities, and experience managing a variety of stakeholders – with the head of Crown Hosting also required to have a good grasp of financial processes and reporting.

The deadline for both roles is 21 April and all the usual rules about being a UK civil servant will apply. ®

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