The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world-leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data that helps others to unlock a deeper understanding of the world's oceans. We support Defence, safe maritime navigation and marine development around the UK and worldwide.
For over 220 years, we've been producing world-leading charts and publications to support the safety of ships, crew and cargo. Our portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions is found on over 90% of ships trading internationally. Today, maritime navigation is primarily digital, and we provide a range of electronic charts, publications and services so that we can continue to meet the evolving needs of the mariner.
As we look to the future, our core navigation market is transforming. We need to diversify to secure our long-term viability, therefore we are continuing to innovate in order to meet the evolving needs of our existing users and reach new customers in wider markets. As our marine data and technology capabilities grow, we will help new and existing customers alike to make better decisions and truly make the most of the world's oceans.
As an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), we discharge our National Security Strategy responsibilities through the delivery of our vital Defence remit. We work closely with the Royal Navy and other Defence customers to develop and deliver specialist products to support national Defence and security, and we aim to grow our support to the wider Defence community.
We also work closely with our partners across UK government to enhance Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), support wider cross-government policy, and help maximise the value of geospatial data (as one of six leading bodies in the UK's Geospatial Commission).
About the role
The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are looking for a new Chief Executive to define and deliver our vision to secure and retain our unrivalled global position.
Working closely with our Owner the MOD, the UKHO Board and Executive Leadership Team, the CEO will set the direction for the organisation, with a clear focus on transformation, increasing revenues, exploring new markets, and forging partnerships. They will be a first-class leader, who will drive and exemplify a culture of inclusion and collaboration.
We are seeking a CEO who recognises the challenge of being commercially viable in an era where new technology is reducing margins, enabling new competition while lowering the barriers to entry; but also understands this is a world of opportunity. To do this will require a grasp of strategy and diplomacy to sell and execute that vision, along with excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills.
The UKHO is determined to ensure that our organisation is representative of modern Britain and we welcome applications from the widest range of people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
The UKHO has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, follow the link to the position specfication below. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 21 February 2021.