IT leaders

Proven interim & permanent IT leaders to solve your biggest challenges

IT now touches all parts of an organisation, and its influence continues to grow. Advances in automation, mobile apps, social networks, big data analytics and machine learning are rapid and getting faster. At the same time, security and privacy threats are increasing in frequency and complexity. And that’s on top of the challenges like harmonising IT during mergers and dealing with legacy systems.

It’s a challenging role. And a critical one. Finding the right IT leaders with the expertise and skills is not easy.

That’s what we’re experts in.

Whether it’s permanent chief technology officers or interim IT directors, our team works with some of the largest global firms, specialist consultancies, public sector organisations and PE-backed ventures to find the right IT leaders fast. We find proven IT professionals that combine vision, commercial acumen and an ability to rally people behind change. People that can make a difference from day one. And we find them fast.

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We use our deep function knowledge, unrivalled networks and dedicated research team to leave no stone unturned to find the right leaders for you. And when something different is needed, our industry teams work together to introduce perspective from outside the sector giving you fresh, diverse thinking and options.

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Interim management - Add value through interim IT directors and CTOs

Whether it’s plugging a short-term leadership gap, adding in expertise to deliver large-scale transformation or increasing capacity to reach strategic goals at crunch points, we’re experts in finding the right interim IT leaders that can make a difference from day one. Typically, we place talented IT leaders into roles to address key challenges such as:

Inspiring change & driving transformation
Experienced interim CTOs and IT directors can create a vision, set a strategic direction, secure enthusiastic buy-in for change and drive transformation. They can implement complex new processes, systems and technology and transform IT into a strategic business function

Supporting the CEO & CFO
The top team have a lot on their respective plates. They may be digitally savvy, but they are unlikely to be tech specialists. During pivotal times, an interim CIO or interim IT director can be an invaluable strategic advisor and sounding board. And, by taking responsibility for major transformation projects themselves, they free up the time (and energy) of the CEO and CFO for their other priorities.

Building an agile culture
An interim CIO or interim IT director can ensure a culture of innovation is a reality not an aspiration. They understand how to foster collaboration and the benefits of fail fast techniques, where experimentation is embedded into the everyday.

Enabling tomorrow’s world of work
Technology is transforming where, when and how employees do their jobs and interact with each other. A visionary interim CIO or interim IT director will understand how digital can help your team to thrive in the more agile, flexible working world we now all live in.

Turnarounds
In distress and turnaround scenarios, a high-performing interim CTO or IT director can steady the ship, manage risks, improve IT infrastructure and optimise the investments made in tech.

Upscaling & value creation
Businesses with huge commercial potential often find themselves stuck in second gear. An interim CTO or IT director can accelerate value creation, through supporting incumbent leaders or by acting as a short-term replacement to kickstart growth.

Exits & acquisitions
The complexities of exits, deals and mergers often calls for specialist expertise to provide technology support and manage the IT strategy. Our interim CTOs can work with the incumbent IT director or CTO to help manage the process ensuring the smooth handling of the transaction process and meeting exit expectations.

Executive search – Find CTOs, CIOs and IT directors to power your business

We know you don’t want any IT leader. You want the right IT leader. Our goal is to help you find CTOs and IT directors that have what it takes to drive your company’s success.

That’s where our expertise comes in. We start by determining what goals the leader needs to deliver. We dig deep and challenge what a good leader would look like. And what a great leader would look like. And what your employer value proposition is for someone in that role.

Once we know what is needed, we make sure we leave no stone unturned to find the right people for you. We can tap into our dedicated research team who have a range of business intelligence and research tools at their fingertips. And our industry teams with deep sector knowledge and unrivalled networks work together to identify diverse options of who will deliver these goals.

Our team of leadership assessment experts can use a tailored selection of tools, techniques and behavioural science to predict future performance in the role and see how aligned potential leaders are to your culture. This process gives you the precise insights you need to pick the perfect person to power your performance.

It’s a stringent, comprehensive approach. And one that has proven to work again and again.

Who we work with

FTSE 250 & global corporations
The technology challenges are immense for complex businesses, operating at scale and across borders. When speed is of the essence a highly experienced interim IT director can step in – be that as a safe pair of hands to see you through turbulent times, or as the driver of significant strategic change that transforms workforces or whole organisations.
An experienced interim CTO or interim IT director can bring more than tech expertise to the c-suite. They can be both a reassuring, authoritative presence and an inspiring leader and change agent.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies
When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, tech is central to success. An interim IT director can enable the technical, structural and behavioural change needed to achieve rapid growth and faster value creation. IT interims also prove their worth in managing the myriad challenges of mergers and acquisitions.

Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses
In the excitement of the start-up phase, IT processes and strategy rarely get the attention they deserve. As the business matures, it can suddenly find itself with some very sticky tech problems that act as a drag on the business. An interim IT director can put the right foundation in place at the start so IT can help support the growth of the business.

Public sector and not for profit bodies
The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less. An interim CTO or interim IT director can step in to mitigate risk, manage crises or support transformation and change. Where the taxpayer’s money is at stake, our interim IT specialists help extract the value from current funding or future investment in tech.

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