Head of digital and data development

Location: Flexible – Chesterfield office / London office / Homeworking
Hours: Full-time 35 hours per week
Salary: £78,000 per annum (London office-based), £72,000 per annum (rest of UK)
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Some travel to the Chesterfield and London offices
Closing date: 23:59, Thursday 19 May 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Head of digital and data development role (PDF, 189 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


The Head of Digital and Data Development will be leading an integrated digital and data team consisting of data operations, data governance, data analytics and digital specialists and will be working closely with experts from all parts of Versus Arthritis, including ICT, Income and Engagement, Research Health Intelligence, and Performance and Planning teams to create the infrastructure for a well managed charity.

About the role

The Head of Digital and Data Development will develop, implement, embed and champion the organisation’s digital and data strategy to position Versus Arthritis as a data-driven organisation that will establish a digital first approach to the development and delivery of a wide range of capabilities, aligned with the wider organisational objectives. 

This role will drive the change and development of data, digital processes and organisational culture change necessary to place both digital and data at the heart of the overarching business strategy and transformational change agenda. This role challenges the norm and builds the organisation’s capability so that Versus Arthritis is equipped to continue delivering its mission into the future. 

Key requirements

  • Proven experience of leading the development and implementation of a data strategy across a large, national organisation with a complex structure.
  • Demonstrable experience of working and developing digital/data teams to implement changes in technology.
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to see the bigger picture.
  • First-hand experience of digital development and managing a business-critical delivery systems.
  • Track record of challenging the norm and be comfortable influencing senior management as well as other team members and stakeholders.
  • Excellent understanding of data protection and privacy legislation with experience of ensuring that relevant processes are in place to cater for.
  • Track record of scoping, resourcing and delivering projects with an excellent understanding of a variety of project management approaches, including Agile, and when it’s appropriate to use each one.
  • Experience of working across and leading both technical and non-technical teams in multiple locations to achieve a common goal.
  • Proven experience of translating technical complexity for a variety of audiences. 
  • Proven experience of working with teams working remotely.
  • Excellent communicator, with an aptitude for motivating and enthusing teams.
  • Comfortable managing your own time and shaping direction in response to strategic need during a time of organisational change.
  • Rich, practical understanding of how different people interact with digital and data across an organisation and how you can cater for this.
  • An understanding of digital and data technologies, and their implementation.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with a completed supporting statement (Word, 40.04 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification for the Head of digital and data development role (PDF, 189 KB).
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Thursday 19 May 2022 to recruitment@versusarthritis.org.

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales.


First interview date:  Expected week commencing 30 May 2022 on Microsoft Teams

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.