Chief Data Officer

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Office for Students
Bristol, with some hybrid working welcomed
Pay Band 12, salary up to £100k
Closing Date for Applications:
Sunday 28 April 2024 (23:55)
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date For Applications
Sunday 28 April 2024 (23:55)
Preliminary Interviews With GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 6 May 2024 & w/c Monday 13 May 2024
Final Panel Process (due Diligence &/or Additional Assessments)
w/c Monday 27 May 2024
Final Panel Interview
End of w/c Monday 3 June 2024

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The OfS is the statutory regulator for higher education in England. Our aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We do so by regulating the higher education providers on our register to make sure they are delivering high quality courses and positive outcomes for their students; where they are not, we take action. The higher education sector in England is complex and diverse and the OfS’s approach to regulation recognises this. Our current strategy signals a shift from an organisation in a start-up phase to an established regulator that understands its regulatory tools and how best to use them to shape incentives across the sector we regulate.

We are now seeking a Chief Data Officer to assume a key leadership role, shaping how data drives our regulation to benefit students. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced data leader to exert significant influence on the success of our regulation by ensuring we exploit our data to generate maximum regulatory benefit. At this point in the OfS’s development as a regulator, strategic leadership is paramount. You will engage with stakeholders across the sector and collaborate with relevant data bodies to shape strategies and initiatives that have impact. Your leadership will be instrumental in aligning our data practices with our broader regulatory objectives, delivering a step-change in our approach.

You will bring significant technical expertise spanning data management, analytics, and governance, with the ability to quickly apply these to the benefit of our regulation. You will have exceptional leadership qualities that inspire innovation, foster collaboration, and drive meaningful change within our organisation. Your proactive engagement with stakeholders and adept navigation of complex regulatory landscapes will be critical to your success in this role. How we do things is as important as what we do and your approach will be underpinned by our values of Ambition, Openness, Learning and Diversity.

This position offers a rare opportunity to lead the strategic transformation of data practices in a regulatory context, shaping how data is harnessed to advance regulatory outcomes in the best interest of students. This is an exciting time to join a rapidly transforming organisation that works to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

To find out more about the OfS and this role, please visit, or for a confidential discussion about the role and your suitability, please contact GatenbySanderson: Andrew Gillen or Russell Brandon

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How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Andrew Gillen
07471 037 167
Russell Brandon
01962 864124
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