CIO sought for railways

New role created to oversee IT as KiwiRail joins group

Railway infrastructure provider OnTrack is seeking a CIO.

The position is a newly-created one, says OnTrack public affairs manager Kevin Ramshaw.

“The bringing together of the rail operating business and rail infrastructure business gives us a number of IT challenges, and the appointment of a CIO is a realisation of the importance of the issue,” Ramshaw says.

OnTrack is the infrastructure business, and KiwiRail the operating business.

The government bought the transport assets of Toll Holdings (less its trucking and distribution operations) last year and renamed them KiwiRail. Both KiwiRail and OnTrack are units of NZ Railways, the SOE that runs railways.

In the CIO position description on OnTrack’s website, CEO Jim Quinn notes “the person I am looking for will understand legacy technology issues and have the strategic ability to plot our course to become a business with technology that delivers information reliably with flexibility, most efficiently”.

The role can be based either in Wellington or Auckland, the description states.

It is the second high-profile public sector CIO role to be advertised recently; the Land Transport Agency is also advertising for a CIO, to take charge of IT at the agency, which was formed from the merger of Land Transport New Zealand and Transit New Zealand last year.

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