An IT director is a senior position who may work in any sector where computer systems are vital to business success and development. IT directors may work for law firms, finance companies, charitable organisations or large industrial concerns, as well as for local or national government.
A recruitment organisation such as Randstad Technologies has developed links with many major firms in the UK and overseas and is ideally placed to source and fill IT director jobs. Having worked in the recruitment sector for over 50 years, the company shares its expertise and knowledge with job candidates. It works to ensure both employers and employees get the best solution in terms of human resource needs and career development.
IT director job description.
An IT director will usually oversee the use of technology throughout an organisation, including its development and implementation. The director will work closely with staff, especially managers, to assess the needs of users within the context of their business environment.
The requirements of users will be determined depending on the sector and appropriate practical solutions will be suggested. Management of all IT staff will be in the director’s remit. Other working relationships will include CEOs, heads of departments, all interface users and consultants, together with sellers of hardware and software systems.
An IT manager will normally be tasked with a range of duties. As the manager works closely to the client, mangers are responsible for getting the project done on time and on budget. Specific duties include:
- Managing the deployment, development, monitoring, maintenance, upgrading and support of organisational IT systems. This will include operating systems, servers, PCs, software apps, telephones and peripherals.
- Providing expert advice and support when systems are being upgraded or installed, or when there are conversions or file maintenance.
- Overseeing the development and enhancement of systems and integrating new systems with those existing.
- Working with staff to develop plans and strategies so client services can be enhanced, user effectiveness improved and innovation encouraged.
- Liaising regularly with executive and senior management as well as systems users.
- Managing IT staff, with responsibility for hiring, evaluation, training, guidance, disciplinary procedures and dismissals.
- Developing standard operating procedures allied to best practice, and ensuring written protocols and guidelines are provided for it staff and all end-users.
- Ensuring written documentation is created and maintained, to include user and system manuals, licence agreements and all documentation relating to modifications and upgrades.
- Keeping up-to-date with the most recent technologies and advising on what new technological solutions and their implementation will meet business and systems requirements.
- Negotiating with suppliers of hardware and software to get the best deal, including external support, and being responsible for contracting consultants and making service agreements.
- Creating a budget for each project as well as managing the financial aspects of the entire IT department such as purchases and ongoing budgeting.
An IT director has an over-arching role in a company and may manage large or relatively small teams of technicians, support staff and consultants. A director may be required to attend board meetings to provide expert advice of the direction IT is travelling in and contribute to the overall development of a business.
How to move from entry to director level.
Entrants to the IT sector will usually have degree or similar qualifications in computer science or related subjects. By gaining experience in an organisation, successfully delivering projects and continuing to add to their portfolio of qualifications through both on-the-job and off-the-job training, candidates will enhance skills and allow progression, in time, to director level.