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IT Executive Positions Recruited By Heller Search

Heller Search Associates is a retained executive search firm with an industry reputation for identifying and recruiting superior information technology leaders. We place IT professionals at the C-level (CIO, CTO, CISO, CDO) as well vice presidents and directors in all areas of our clients’ technology operations.

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Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Without a doubt, the CIO role is unique. It brings together a broad and often contradictory set of responsibilities that are essential to a company’s operations and growth. What’s more, as digital technologies transform the very fundamentals of most businesses, the CIO role is constantly evolving. More than half of the searches that Heller Search completes are for the role of CIO. Download our Ultimate CIO Job Description.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
CTO is one of the least understood titles in the industry. CTOs come in many shapes and sizes, from infrastructure manager to start-up guru. Exactly which CTO profile meets an organization’s needs depends on several factors. Read more
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Due to the widely publicized rash of data breaches, ransomware and denial-of-service attacks in recent years, security professionals are in extremely high demand.  Some CISOs have a background in governance and risk; others are highly technical; some report to the CIO; others report to risk, legal, or directly to the CEO. 
Chief Data Officer (CDO)
When a company’s leaders are prepared to fully realize the competitive edge of data, and make a long term commitment to the organizational and cultural changes required to do so, they are ready to hire a Chief Data Officer (CDO).  The CDO is responsible for the governance of data and the treatment of data as a critical asset. CDOs typically report to the CEO and are a critical partner to the CIO.
Infrastructure and Operations
With titles including VP of Infrastructure and Operations and CTO, this resilient executive reports to the CIO and manages data centers, help desk, networks and every other facet of a company’s IT operations. With the emergence of infrastructure-as-a-service and other cloud technologies, CIOs across the industry spectrum are refreshing their infrastructure talent.  These days, the “plumbing” of a company’s IT stack is going through tremendous change, as are the professionals who are responsible for it. IT infrastructure and ops leadership involves more orchestration and vendor management than hands-on technology work.
Application Development
Today’s application development leaders do more than churn out code. They lead teams in Agile development processes, they create mobile solutions, and build strong relationships with their business partners. They are transformational executives with business acumen and the ability to drive change. These executives are often in the prime position to succeed their boss, the CIO, so having a strong applications VP or director is a long-term strategy.
E-Commerce, Digital, Mobile
Often a subset of application development, e-commerce, digital, and mobile technology executives partner with the heads of sales, marketing and e-commerce to develop and deliver customer facing technologies. While most CIOs prefer that their e-commerce and digital technology leaders have a strong development background, more and more of these professionals have come up through marketing, but have enough technical acumen to be effective in their IT roles.
Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
Data is quickly becoming a company’s most important asset.  Effective VPs and Directors of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics have the right blend of technical, business, and partnering skills to provide the technical tools and strategic guidance to turn data into intelligence. These IT professionals are critical partners to a company’s Chief Data Officer, who manages enterprise-wide data governance. BI and data analytics IT professionals report up to the CIO either directly or via the head of application development.
Enterprise Architecture
Successful enterprise architects bring a lot to the table. They have expertise in every layer of the technology stack, the ability to direct a matrixed pack of entrenched and siloed technologists, a deep understanding of the business, and the interpersonal skills to sell concepts like service-oriented architecture to business executives who don’t fully understand IT. Deep technologist meets business strategist meets influential manager meets expert communicator. It's a tall order, but with the array of technology options available on the market, CIOs need someone looking after the integrity of their architecture.
Business Relationship Management (BRM)
BRM is a relatively new role in the IT org chart, but it is quickly becoming critical to success in an age when IT must be everything to everyone. Business relationship managers (BRMs), or executives (BREs) are blended professionals with one foot in technology and the other in the business. They are assigned to a business unit or a key functional area and have responsibility for communication, shaping demand, and making sure that IT delivers.
Project Management (PMO)
With companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars in IT, someone needs to ensure the successful delivery of all of those projects. The PMO leader runs an organization of project managers who are accountable for the on-time and on-budget delivery of projects. PMO leaders are typically certified by organizations like the Project Management Institute and report to the CIO. Recently, companies have begun realizing that successful IT project management offices could be expanded to manage all business projects. These broader organizations are called Enterprise PMOs.
IT Finance

IT costs a lot, and Fortune 500 CIOs realize that having a dedicated manager for the IT budget is a good idea. But IT finance leaders do far more than manage the IT budget. They direct the strategic and operational financial planning processes for the IT organization, and create a better understanding among the executive team of the intricacies of IT cost structures and investment strategies. Job titles include VP or Director of IT Finance, and CFO of IT is becoming more common. These executives can sit either in IT or in finance.

 

 

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