About the role

Are you looking for a role where you can make a real impact on 1000s of lives?

Would you like to help get the NHS fit for the future, to deliver better digital services, help the NHS transforms and build what’s next?

Are you able to develop, drive best practices and efficiency for cloud adoption across the NHS?

Working with the latest technologies in Cloud, would you like the opportunity to be innovative, and help the NHS move to cloud. 

Taking locally developed applications & help secure/scale for broader usage.  Helping upskill the NHS on cloud capabilities, drive application convergence and introduce a develop once and use many mindset. 


The role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and fast growing Cloud CoE. An opportunity to really make a difference and impact the NHS by enhancing the way things are run in the NHS, so the NHS can do more for patients.

The Cloud Centre of Excellence (CCoE) team at NHS Digital enables the NHS to make the best use of cloud technologies in pursuit of our collective objectives for improving the provision of health and care systems.

NHS Digital is driving an innovative Cloud First strategy that works to optimize the IT environment, reduce complexity, and implement high degrees of automation to enable more agile application delivery across its organisation and the wider NHS. This is an exciting role where you will be running the cloud engineering team (team of 10), taking the lead and building out capabilities in Cloud, helping the NHS adopt Cloud. This is a tech delivery and leadership role.

The Head of Cloud Engineering role reports to the Associate Director, Cloud and leads the cloud engineering pillar within the team.  This is a senior management role which will lead and expand the current functions resources, talent and service capabilities.

This role is instrumental in helping the NHS deliver on the governments Cloud First policy, bringing expertise in the strategy, design, orchestration, development, and implementation of large-scale projects in the cloud. The ideal candidate is someone who is enthusiastic about all things public cloud, and has experience with hands on implementation on platforms including at least one of: Microsoft Azure and/or Amazon Web Services.

Industry knowledge is key, as well as knowledge in building an engineering organisation. The role requires a talented technologist with experience architecting and defining engineering processes and best practices to both enhance our public cloud development and ensure success in migrating applications and services to the cloud.


As the Head of Cloud you will:

  • lead and build an engineering team within an Agile environment, provide Cloud consultancy
  • help get the NHS fit for the future, to deliver better digital services, help the NHS transform and build what’s next.
  • Run the cloud engineering team, taking the lead and building out capabilities in Cloud, helping the NHS adopt Cloud
  • lead and expand the current functions resources, talent and service capabilities.

About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring to the role:  

  • Experience leading and building an engineering team within an Agile environment
  • Deep understanding of industry wide cloud technology strategies and best practice.
  • Hands-on experience in building distributed / service oriented / microservice-style, composable and cloud-based architectures
  • Strong experience developing modern cloud architectures, working with container platforms, with a special focus on scalability, security and resilience
  • Experience with public cloud infrastructure and platforms, AWS and Azure.
  • Expertise in multiple version control systems (e.g. Git, GitHub, Azure DevOps.
  • Strong knowledge of service management lifecycle from development to retirement
  • Strong stakeholder management skills

Please see role profile for more information


Important: Please be aware there are residency requirements you need to meet

  • All NHS Digital Cyber Security personnel must hold security clearance SC level as a minimum.  You don’t need to have SC already, however, failure to achieve the requirements for SC after offer, will result in the job offer being withdrawn.  
  • To meet National Security Vetting requirements, you must have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years for SC clearance.Candidates who were posted abroad for service with HM Government, Armed Forces or within a UK government role will still be considered.


Please make sure you meet these requirements before applying for this role.

What's in it for you
  • a role as part of a dynamic team using data and digital technology to transform health and care
  • a range of opportunities to build your experience in an environment where your
    work has a direct and positive impact
  • a real commitment to your personal and professional development with access
    to a broad range of learning opportunities

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.
Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone’s skills to improve people’s lives.
We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, so come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.
Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital
Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.  Don't worry if you don’t meet all the criteria we’ve suggested – knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • we're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • a generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

Next steps

Remote interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We only ask applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent / unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Following an offer of employment, we will carry out a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the pre-employment check process.


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