Head of IT (IT director) Head of computer services, head of IT, chief information officer
IT directors manage the development of IT systems for their organisation and its customers.
1. Entry requirementsYou’ll need several years’ experience of working at senior management level in IT along with technical expertise.
A degree, postgraduate or professional qualification in IT is usually required.
The Tech Partnership and The Chartered Institute for IT have more information about careers in IT.
2. Skills required
- leadership skills
- project management skills
- the ability to build effective relationships with partners
- negotiating skills
- communication skills
- the ability to manage change
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- planning policies and procedures
- making decisions about the organisation’s priorities
- assessing current and future business costs, risks and opportunities
- negotiating business contracts and monitoring how these are delivered
- making sure procedures meet legal requirements and technical standards
- meeting regularly with the senior management team, partners and clients
- keeping up to date with trends in IT
- managing budgets
Starter: £55,000 to £80,000
Experienced: £85,000 to £130,000
Highly Experienced: £140,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work between 40 and 45 hours a week.
You’ll work from an office but spend some of your time attending meetings and visiting clients and suppliers.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you may be able to become a chief executive or chair of an organisation.
You could also work as an IT consultant or start your own business.
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Last updated: 22 December 2016