Group IT Director

Up to £150,000 plus 30% bonus and strong benefits
31 Aug 2019
14 Sep 2019
CIO, Department Head, Director
Contract Type

Group IT Director - London Based - You must have experience running IT Operations on the ground in Africa (Includes some travel)

Arnold Ash have been retained by a market leading PE backed business to identify and attract a Permanent Group IT Director. You will report directly to the CFO in this international, multi country, multi-currency environment.

This Privately owned business is a FTSE 250 equivalent (FTSE 250 experience ideal) but relatively small in terms of headcount. Therefore you should have experience in Managing relatively small teams and a Portfolio of Transformation in a fast paced, growing, Dynamic, Hands On, Technical Agile environment whilst providing gravitas and advice to the board who are preparing for a potential IPO.

The ideal Group IT Director should have experience of:

  • Running IT Operations in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Formulating a fit for purpose IT strategy and develop the relevant plans to deliver the strategy
  • Delivering projects and service
  • Defining clear IT goals to support the business strategy, establishing priorities with clear responsibilities
  • Managing all projects, activities, resources effectively
  • Operational Excellence perspective
  • Benchmarking to world class standards and applying to create internal and external advantage within the relevant compliance standards (ISO 27001)
  • Lean Six Sigma qualified
  • Fostering teamwork and facilitating conflict resolution using constructive and respectful behaviour with all colleagues across the Matrix
  • Establishing priorities with clear goals and responsibilities to get results from people by providing great feedback on their performance
  • Demonstrating knowledge and insights about external customer relations and act to exceed their expectations
  • Working in Africa or having experience supporting Operating Countries in Africa

The ideal Group IT Director will:

  • Support the business as it embarks on the exciting next phase of its growth strategy
  • React in a structured manner to the operational issues of key customers across multiple markets in Africa and South Africa
  • Manage a large multi-skilled IT team across all markets delivering change and delivering services to meet business needs
  • Manage key contracts and personnel associated with a large scale business transformation programme
  • Manage Opex and Capex budgets and the management of all IT software supplier relationships. The role provides 24/7 availability as part of the IT Leadership team and requires the ability to make sound quick decisions impacting the services of the business

Over the course of the next few years the Group IT Director will Deliver:

  • Provision fit for purpose and high performing IT automation and business functionality to meet business requirements
  • Master data warehouse enabling business dashboards with full drill-down to site-level for all functions and levels within the business
  • SLA and KPI driven IT services for entire business to provide reduced risk (and cost) as well as a competitive edge to the business
  • Disaster Recovery plan to provide the necessary level of Business Continuity for each business area and ensure it is tested and updated regularly
  • Standardised IT systems and tools in a services delivery model across the entire business that minimises risk, improves functionality, provides lean and agile growth and adaptability and delivers quickly and effectively
  • Controls and IT environment sufficient for London or New York listing
  • A sustainable IT team that can deliver the core solutions that are fit for purpose, lean and agile to keep up with business demand and growth.

Full job Specification and company details on application

IT Director - Private Equity - London

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