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Internet Watch Foundation looking for a Chief Technical Officer

INTERNET Watch Foundation (IWF) is seeking an accomplished and sharp-minded Chief Technical Officer for the high-profile role of leading the planning, organising, and directing of IWF’s Technical activities, including core operations of Security, Quality Assurance and Technical Services.

The Chief Technical Officer will work closely with the CEO and other members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), particularly the Hotline Director and Board of Directors.

Salary Scale: £75,000-£90,000.

Who is the IWF

The IWF is the global expert body for tackling child sexual abuse images on the internet, wherever they are hosted in the world. Real children are abused and affected for life when images of their abuse are created and shared online. Eliminating them is their mission.

From their office in Cambridge, UK, they provide citizens in the UK and 42 other countries with a safe place to anonymously report online child sexual abuse. They work through their membership community of international internet companies, in collaboration with 51 hotlines in 45 countries, and together with their law enforcement and government partners globally to fight the problem.

Internet companies are being asked to demonstrate their leadership in creating a safer online world. Those companies who are IWF Members not only fund their work, they also use their valuable services to safeguard their networks; disrupting the sharing, hosting, and sale of images of children being sexually abused. They’re an ambitious organisation, striving to achieve even more like the world leaders in our field.

The job

You’ll lead and manage the Technical team, Technical Services, management of Operational Security and Quality Assurance and Data Compliance. You will be responsible for in-house technology. You will provide expert technical advice to SLT and colleagues in a plain-English way to ensure that IWF maintains pace with current and emerging technological solutions to fight child sexual abuse material (CSAM). As a member of the SLT, you’ll contribute to the development of organisational strategy, be expected to front media interviews and lead and contribute to national and international high-level meetings.

IWF would love to hear from you if you can:

  • Identify opportunities to use technology to fight CSAM
  • Provide expert technical advice to other Senior Leaders and colleagues to ensure that IWF maintains pace with current and emerging technology
  • Lead and manage a high performing technical team
  • Manage critical Operational Security, Quality Assurance and Data Compliance
  • Manage external projects and partnerships where appropriate
  • Ensure all in-house technology is current, fit for purpose and future-proofed
  • Liaise with key partners including Government and Law Enforcement, including representation on a number of projects and strategic committees
  • Be an Ambassador for IWF in promoting the mission and strategy

IWF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from people from all sections of the community. IWF would like to encourage applicants from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds and those with disabilities.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the post holder will be home-based initially with office and flexible working arrangements available in the future. The IWF offices are fully accessible.

You will be required to view criminal images. Coaching and training will be given prior to starting in the role.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd November @ 23.59.

Further Information and Interview Schedule

For more information on the process or to learn more about the position, please download the CTO Candidate Pack or contact Luke Davis on +44 207 770 9960 or

A formal interview will take place during the week ending Friday 11th December.

Personal interview to take place on Wednesday 16th December.

Security Clearance

The successful post holder will be required to achieve the top-level security clearance of DV – Developed Vetting. Candidates are asked to read the information here levels to ensure that there is no reason known to them why they cannot achieve this prior to applying for the role.


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