Head of Data & ICT, Central Edinburgh

Infrastructure Manager

Ref: 1495Tuesday 19 March 2024

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Head of Data and ICT Services

  • Central Edinburgh
  • Permanent, excellent package on offer

We are delighted to have been appointed on a retained exclusive basis to help this incredible privately owned Group to recruit a newly created opportunity within Data and ICT.  This role will report to the board and will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the technology strategy which includes you having developed and built a data and analytics capability from scratch.

This is a unique opportunity as it incorporates the running and leading ICT as well as creating a new data strategy for the Group.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Experience of developing and  building a data and analytics capability from scratch, understanding of AI and how this can benefit the school and students.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive ICT strategy aligning with organisational goals, with a strong emphasis on data management and infrastructure optimisation. 
  • Oversee the Educational aspects of ICT across the schools, including the support and development of individual devices, pedagogical developments and staff training
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and maintenance of robust data management systems, ensuring data integrity, security, and accessibility. Implement data governance practices and policies to comply with regulatory requirements. 
  • Lead the design, deployment, and maintenance of a scalable and resilient ICT infrastructure, encompassing servers, networks, cloud services, and disaster recovery solutions.
  • Ensure the organisation's infrastructure is agile and can adapt to evolving business needs. 
  • Manage and mentor a high-performing ICT team, providing guidance and fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Allocate resources effectively to meet project goals and operational needs. 
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and trends, evaluating their potential to enhance the organisation's data and infrastructure capabilities.
  • Drive innovation initiatives to improve efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. 
  • Collaborate with external vendors, negotiating contracts, and ensuring the organisation receives optimal value from technology partnerships. 
  • Implement and enforce cybersecurity measures to safeguard organisational data and infrastructure. Ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards. 
  • Oversee ICT projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, within scope, and within budget. This includes data migration projects, infrastructure upgrades, and system implementations. 
  • Develop and manage the ICT budget, ensuring cost-effectiveness, and ROI on technology investments. 

Person Specification

  • A strategic leader with a deep understanding of data management and infrastructure technologies.
  • The ability to balance strategic thinking with hands-on leadership is essential for success in this dynamic role. 
  • Flexible, strategically minded and solution-focused in approach.
  • High level decision-making skills.
  • Sets high expectations for themself and others, able to work under pressure and lead by example.
  • A collaborative and innovative approach to leadership.
  • Appreciates the impact of change on GROUP and individuals.
  • Develops individuals’ capabilities.
  • Empowers and sustains an effective team.
  • Able to self-evaluate, be willing to learn and adapt and evolve practice.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Inspires, challenges, motivates, and empowers others to develop a shared vision and drive forward progress.
  • People centric, able to support business objectives, combined with a practical and hands-on approach to implementation.
  • Can think strategically and operate tactically at the same time.
  • The ability to provide positive and constructive challenge.
  • Thrives on making a difference.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in creating and utilising ICT data analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) tools to facilitate informed decision-making.
  • Understanding of how to use AI to benefit the school, staff and students
  • Leadership and management capabilities
  • Ideally; Datawarehouse Design and Development, Power BI and Business Objects Data Services is extremely advantageous
  • Significant prior experience of driving technological innovation, ensuring data security and compliance, and optimising the organisation's overall ICT landscape.
  • An understanding of the development of ICT to support education and learning

Please get in touch to discuss this unique opportunity with our CEO,  Yvonne Moffat 

or email your cv to esms@nettalent.net