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Data Economy Sector Lead
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 2047
  • Published: Thu 27/10/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 27/11/2022, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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Data Economy Sector Lead

Economy Strategy Lead in the Community Wealth Building Directorate  
£53,514 - £65,388 per annum
18 months Fixed-term 

About us

Newham is a place that is full of potential and brimming with energy and talent. Proud to be one of the youngest and most diverse boroughs anywhere in the UK, 72% of our residents are from ethnically diverse communities, speaking over 220 languages and our population of 351,00 is growing at a rate of 14%, the third highest rate of growth in London.

In recent years we have seen unparalleled levels of investment, growth, and interest in our Borough, but for all our successes, Covid-19 laid bare the endemic inequality that exists in our borough and how now, the Cost of Living crisis is exacerbating that. That’s why we are working towards Building a Fairer Newham, focused on economic security, health, equality and the environment, whilst delivering outcomes-focused change in Newham for our residents, communities and businesses.

All of this is anchored in our enduring commitment to developing an inclusive economy where all can benefit, driving people powered change, responding to the climate emergency and promoting the health, well-being and happiness of our residents and community.

This role sits at the centre of our approach to delivering this vision as a key member of the inclusive economy team and the Newham Sparks programme. our ambition is for the Borough and the council to become a catalyst – and London’s destination – for innovators and investors in the growing data sector, whilst at the same time unlocking the value of data and digital in everything we do as a Council; from keeping our streets clean, managing refuse collections, promoting sustainable transport, and improving the air we breathe.

About the role

You will lead on the development and delivery of the of a sector strategy for data and digital which will accelerate the ambitions of the Newham Sparks strategy, in relation to skills and employment.  This will include working with partners in Newham – including our schools, FE sector and universities and bringing them together with businesses large and small to build a network and movement that will promote Newham as the place for the data economy while ensuring Newham residents have the skills and opportunities to get into the industry.  You will also work closely with the regeneration and property team to bring forward ambitious proposals for the delivery of a Data Campus at East Ham town hall.

About you

You will be ambitious for the people Newham and proud to work with and to represent its diverse communities with energy, commitment and creativity. An experienced economic development professional with strong programme and stakeholder management skills, you will be able to bring partnerships together between the council, businesses and the education sector to support the development of the data economy in Newham.  While you do not have to worked in data/digital sectors directly you need to demonstrate an interest and appetite to learn about how these sectors are shaping the future of work and how we can ensure Newham residents are set up to benefit from these changes.  


  • Flexible working arrangements including offices in Dockside, working from home.
  • Generous pension allowance (with employer contributions of up to 8%)
  • 31 days annual leave plus 3 days Christmas Shut Down and Bank Holidays
  • Access to Newham Rewards employee benefits scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Eye test and Flu vouchers

If you have any questions please contact Darren Mackin: 

Closing date: 27^th November 2022

Please view Data Economy Sector Lead Job Description

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