https://dvladigital.blog.gov.uk/2016/06/02/dvlas-new-chief-technology-officer-needs-you/

DVLA's new Chief Technology Officer needs you!

Dave Perry blog

I’m Dave Perry and I’ve just started my new role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at DVLA.

My road to DVLA

I have worked in IT for 25 years, in a variety of different roles across a broad cross section of technologies and industries – from retail, pharmaceuticals, tech, government, IT consulting and latterly as UK IT Director for Game Digital. This agile delivery environment also included a large loyalty programme, wallet payment services, digital code distribution and API integration to third party multi-national organisations such as Sony and Microsoft. I also spent time working for the Metropolitan Police during their recent transition to a SIAM model.

The opportunity

I am hugely excited to be joining DVLA, working with such a great team and having the opportunity to continue the exemplar work that DVLA has already carried out on its digital transformation journey. The potential to touch virtually every household in the UK is a fantastic challenge and one that I welcome.

I’m particularly excited to be leading a high-performing team that already has a great reputation across government for innovation, rapid digital delivery, breaking into new technologies and new delivery models. DVLA has a new approach to IT delivery within government and plays a key part in building and growing a fresh digital community right here in Swansea.

DVLA is currently leading the way on delivering digital services for government and has been at the forefront of supporting the delivery of government IT strategy for a number of years; more recently, with in-sourced IT skills and capabilities. The Digital Economy Bill states, “Make the UK a world leader in digital provision – a place where technology ceaselessly transforms the economy, society and government.” This is what DVLA is doing by creating opportunities in IT and building quick and easy services for our customers.

And that’s where you come in

Over the next two years we will continue to build new digital services, designing them from direct customer engagement and getting off our legacy systems onto new, cloud-based platforms using emerging technologies. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for anyone in the IT and change delivery sectors. The size, complexity and richness of our IT estate is difficult to match, as is the variety of customers we engage with, both corporately and through front line services.

We need skilled, enthusiastic and innovative staff to join our in-house teams to help us continue our digital evolution. We’re investing over £2m into ensuring we get the right people for the job and are committed growing the digital economy, locally and beyond.

If we’re talking your language, take a look at these roles and grades we’re currently looking for across our IT Directorate:

  • Software Engineers
  • Infrastructure Engineers
  • Solution Architects
  • Cyber Security Specialists
  • Technical Architects
  • Project Delivery & Support

We want experience, but we also relish investing in people; helping them learn, grow and evolve into high-performing individuals and teams.

Interested? Then come and join us!

5 comments

  1. Michael Cox

    As an ex heavy goods vehicles and all bus/coaches over the 45yrs of driving.I have qualifications.Or use to as retired 6yrs ago.But really hope you find the right person for the placements.But i do keep read these notes ..but please keep these informations goings.

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  2. Nathaniel Douglas

    Very interesting indeed. You will do well based on your colourful background and you innovative focus. I am a RoSPa member in the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago). I am interested in driving competency standard for examiners of the various categories of road vehicles in the UK to make comparisons with our standards. Nathaniel Douglas, Linkedin Participant, Former Transport Commissioner, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

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  3. Chukwuadinula Joseph Ofili

    Congrats for your new role, I believe and hope you're here for revolution with DVLA.

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  4. Malcolm

    You may be limiting your opportunities with regard to IT recruitment.
    There is a wealth of IT knowledge sitting in the population (a good percentage of the population, your customers, use smart technology every day) and some like me have years of actual IT experience. I for one have an IT background including Systems Analysis, Project Management through to Senior Management in Solutions Provision. I don't want a full-time post, but you could use my background on an ad-hoc basis to add further value to your in-house team.
    And not just me, I may not be what you want but give it a thought for a minute. How many old gits like me and budding University IT Graduates are there who could add to your drive to build applications that actually work for both the Governments needs and the needs of ordinary people who have to use your services.
    Best Wishes
    Malcolm

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    • DVLA digital comms team

      Hi Malcolm,

      You make a very good point, but I should point out that we do not discriminate on age, and we do have part-time roles including partial retirement, job share and just plain part-time. However we do have to consider the need to use resource ad-hoc versus the cost of the vetting required for security clearance.

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