Waikato wants IS strategist

Environment Waikato's search for an information systems strategist on a part-time consultative basis has drawn 30 replies, which have been whittled down to a shortlist of four individuals or consultancies.

Environment Waikato’s search for an information systems strategist on a part-time consultative basis has drawn 30 replies, which have been whittled down to a shortlist of four individuals or consultancies.

The newcomer will replace Derek Postlewaight, who has become IT director at Waikato University. Postlewaight filled the role at the organisation, Waikato’s regional council, for four years, originally working for Hamilton business consultants Beattie Rickman and then in an individual capacity.

The successful candidate will have a track record managing projects of up to $1 million in value. Skills are also required in the areas of IT management, relationship management, issue resolution, contract negotiation and oral and written communication.

Environment Waikato’s regional information bank (RIB) programme manager, Jim McLeod, says whoever fills the role won’t provide operational IT management, which is the domain of himself and Dean Cunningham, who is in charge of computer facilities.

Two groups — the RIB and computer facilities — deliver the council’s computer and information services. The RIB group is responsible for the development and delivery of data or information-related applications.

McLeod says one of the major directions underpinning the council’s strategy is the need to work with partners such as city and district councils, iwi and the public and to make published resource management and planning information accessible to all these groups. “My background is a doctorate in physics. I come from the science side. We want someone with an IT background who can deliver what we’re trying to do.”

The strategist will provide directions for information systems development, implementation and support based on the council’s strategic information systems plan, which is currently under review.

He or she will also promote and ensure conformance to strategic directions during ongoing system development and implementation, and provide advice on IT trends and technology, strategic financial planning for IT. Other services include project management of critical IT projects, support for quality assurance and risk assessment of all IT projects, contract negotiation with Environment Waikato’s main IT service providers, coordinating developing of IT facilities.

The appointment will be made by May 1.

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