Chief Information Officer

Coventry Generous Executive package Permanent

Job Reference: 013155

As a leader in advance technological development spanning several sectors including defence, construction, engineering etc, this multi-site organisation has demonstrated year on year growth and continue to achieve its business plans. As part of the next stage of growth they are seek to appoint a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

This role of CIO is a permanent appointment; however, the company will consider applications from Interim Executives who fulfil the extensive requirements of the role.

The CIO will be responsible for the selection, planning, implementation and management of all the Group IT and core business systems (e.g. CRM, ERP) and back office infrastructure (e.g. Network, Servers).

As an industry leader it is important that the CIO develops a leading-edge IT strategy that provides a platform for the business to not only run an effective internal IT operation, but provides an industry showcase. It is critical the IT platform enables industrial R&D collaboration and exploits new and emerging Digital trends like cloud and at edge compute whilst maintaining class leading IT security to protect our status as an accredited defence system provider

The remit includes main Headquarters plus other sites across the UK and additional remote locations.

The Role

Summary of role and responsibilities:
Develop and implement a clear IT strategy
Effective engagement of the R&D, training and operations communities to ensure an agile, flexible and secure IT environment is developed and maintained.
Accountable for the IT performance.
Plan the resource profile to enable the support of IT to the business
Establish plans, budgets, and KPI`s for ongoing IT investment and performance.
Day to day management and direction of the IT activities to ensure excellence of service to all internal and external customers
Maintain business continuity and ongoing system compliance for quality audits (e.g. system documentation and backup procedures).
Design, build and sustain key relationships across the sites to ensure an evolving and agile IT strategy is developed and maintained.
Accountable for the core IT system business performance
Provide IT support across the businesses to meet critical daily activities (e.g. event mobilisation)
Manage team briefings and mobilise the IT organisation to address business critical issues.
Report on performance. Monitoring and presentation of industry standard IT service levels for applications and infrastructure at executive reviews
Network with industry peers and attend/present at IT industry events to demonstrate thought leadership.
Ensure the resolution of systems outages in line with the company Service Level Agreement for IT.
Manage and support a centralised help desk.
Ensure compliance with all software and hardware licensing agreements
Ensure all IT security breaches are contained and managed in an effective manner.
Developing and ensuring that a testing regime is in place
Ensure quality and consistency of delivery.
Lead and motivate the IT team by demonstrating thought leadership in IT strategy, project implementation methodologies and IT support principles.
Maintain the highest available levels of IT security (currently cyber essentials plus) and ensure effective penetration testing and address any issues promptly and effectively

The Person

The CIO must be an effective communicator who is comfortable with presentation of strategy both internally and externally, as it is important the business is considered a signpost for how industry should respond to the digital revolution.

A Senior Manager, ideally with a Computer Science or Information Systems Degree, with broad experience in IT strategy development, implementation and operational management.
Applications are sought from candidates with at least 10 – 15 years at IT Manager or IT Director level with extensive experience running IT teams and a strong understanding of the latest trends in IT (Digital, Cloud, AI, Security).

You will have a proven ability to develop and implement an IT strategy whilst understanding the defence and security sector IT requirements and experience of defining and implementing ERP systems.

Security Clearance is essential and a pre-requisite for employment

Key Skills required include
High level stakeholder Management
Strong technical communicator
Project Management
Strategic planning and risk management
Able to manage various key people (stakeholders) around the business
Be a natural leader, capable of fitting into a challenging environment with an established team
Ability to identify and resolve issues using a strongly analytical approach.
Excellent decision-making capability, able to manage multiple concurrent tasks and prioritize effectively.
Motivator and energiser of the team.
Demonstrable evidence through industry recognition that the business is a leader in the adoption of new technologies into an operation landscape
Delivery of an agile, scalable, secure IT environment that can meet the needs of R&D, training, operations and security
Ongoing excellence in IT service level agreements
A natural leader, capable of fitting into a challenging environment with an established team.
Excellent decision-making capability, able to manage multiple concurrent tasks and prioritize effectively.

The Package

The company offer a class leading package including a superb six figure salary, extensive bonus, all usual executive benefits including health insurance, generous car allowance and holidays, flexible working system plus a substantial long-term incentive plan.

To apply please forward an up to date copy of your CV.
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