IT Director in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We require an experienced IT Director to be based in Dubai with regular travel to Kurdistan.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing the IT strategy to support the operational needs of the group and its subsidiaries in line with the vision, mission and strategy.

Business sectors are as follows: Energy/Oil & Gas (Oil Trading, Refinery, Power Plant and tanker terminals), Construction & Hospitality (Property management, Construction, Sub-contracting, equipment rental, manpower supplies & facilities management), Manufacturing Industry (Blocks manufacturing, Tissue factory etc.), Distribution & General Industry (Consumer electronics, pharmaceutical) and Education (Schools network).

The main tasks and accountabilities are as follows:

-Responsible for developing and monitoring the approved annual operating and capital budgets for information and technology systems.

-Drive the project management eco system of group by approving, coordinating and controlling all projects related selection, acquisition, development and installation of Major IT technology projects and information systems for the group.

-Provide advice on evaluation, selection, implementation and maintenance of the information systems, ensuring appropriate investment in strategic and operational systems.

-To be advisory to senior management on strategic systems conversions and integrations in support of business goals and objectives.

-Responsible for developing and maintaining corporate policies and standards aimed at maximizing effectiveness and minimizing costs related to the acquisition, implementation and operation of IT systems.

-Develop and maintain the system architecture, defining standards and protocols for data exchange, communications, software and interconnection or any network information systems.

-Coordinate and manage reporting needs and data analysis for the affiliate and also oversee provision of IT support in the subsidiaries to ensure IT services are delivered without interruptions

-Establish governance and control processes to ensure that technology related risks are managed and the organization’s resources are adequately utilized.

-Develop and maintain system recovery plan in the event of power failure, damage to systems etc.

-Communicate IS/IT plans, policies and technology trends throughout the organization, including management groups and professional staff.

Minimum education required: BSc in Information Technology / Computer Science / Computer Engineering

Preferred certifications: Certified Project Management professional – PMP / Prince 2

-IT Certifications: ITIL , CISCO, Microsoft & other leading IT technology vendors

Work Experience:

-Minimum 10+ years’ experience with increasing responsibilities for management of end-to-end IT departments, inclusive of networks, applications and other technology projects

-Commercially astute with international or global experience as well as knowledge of and experience within a Middle East group of companies, with experience leading large teams

-Strong experience leading and managing IT transformation projects/programs

-Experience in overseeing multiple ERP implementations, ideally with Microsoft Dynamics ERP (however other ERP solutions will be considered)

-Design, management and operation of managed IT systems in large groups.

-Broad understanding of Information/Cyber Security including implementation and management of IT security policies and strategies. Good understanding of industry best practice and governance.

-Broad understanding of data processing/ procedures, business process analysis & redesign experience.

-Excellent Change Management experience: knowledge of contracting, negotiating and the ability to create and manage change.

-Previous technical background encompassing hardware, software, servers, disaster recovery and other industry standard infrastructure and networking technologies.

-It would be beneficial to have current or previous experience, working with IT applications including ASPECT ETRM, Dynamics CRM, HCM, IBM Maximo and Net pass.

Skills required:

-Superior analytical and problem-solving capabilities

-A strong strategic and business mindset

-Excellent organizational and leadership skills

-Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities

-Personal skills including - leadership, communication, negotiation and influence.

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