Digital, Data, Technology & Security (DDTS)

Digital, Data, Technology and Security (DDTS) is the trusted team for digital across the entire Defra Group.

We have around 1,200 colleagues, including project managers, digital developers and research specialists.

Our offices are located throughout England, with larger digital hubs in Bristol, York, Warrington, Newcastle and Reading.

Our ambition is to make it easier and faster than ever for people to interact with Defra. To achieve this, we are continuously designing, building and supporting innovative user-centred digital technology.

We are proud to be known as pioneers across government. We never stop looking for ways to improve, from new product development, to the use of robotics. Our line of work is fascinating and we want you to be part of it.

If you share our vision, and you are ready to drive innovation and push boundaries, we want to hear from you.

Join us, and together we will create a great place for living, and a green and healthy future for all.

If you have any queries about the DDTS roles, contact the DDTS Recruitment Hub.

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Our Business Areas in DDTS

Architecture & Data and Innovation (ADII)

Our architecture team assess the issues and challenges facing Defra, before developing the strategic roadmaps, standards and patterns that ensure the effectiveness of our technical designs.

Our data team find innovative and effective ways of collecting, understanding and using customer information – their data. They’re also responsible for ensuring that all our data is securely managed.

Digital Delivery

Our digital team takes the lead on developing and delivering the department’s digital services. Our agile digital delivery teams take a user-centred design approach to continuously build, test and support innovative digital technology.

Major Projects and Digital Delivery

The team leads projects that involve significant digital delivery. These will typically be strategically important and involve multiple digital platforms and suppliers. The two projects currently in the function are the digital delivery for Europe and Trade Delivery Portfolio and the Future Farming and Countryside Programme.


Our security team protect Defra from physical, personnel and cyber threats. They advise all areas of the business on how to reduce security risks, while also providing 24/7 assurance and security controls.

Strategic Business Relationship Management (SBRM)

Our business relationship managers are the strategic link between Digital, Data and Technology Services (DDTS) delivery teams and business areas across Defra. The team work with colleagues to develop their business plans and identify their need for digital technology and services.

Group Infrastructure and Operations (GIO)

Our group infrastructure and operations team oversee the end-to-end delivery of all our digital services. They also ensure all our technology sticks to strict government policies and processes.

Chief Operating Office (COO)

The team provide the overarching strategic direction, capability development and workforce planning for DDTS. The team leads process improvements and ensures we have effective governance procedures in place. They are are also responsible for raising awareness of new technology and supporting its adoption.