director of it & technology

About Improve
Improve International is the world’s leading independent provider of post-graduate veterinary training. Operating in 8 countries across Europe and the US, Improve provides high-quality training both online and in the classroom.
We have recently completed a management buy-out for the Benchmark group and are now embarking on an ambitious growth plan. To help us deliver on this plan, we are looking to high-quality individuals to join the team who are ambitious and want to make a difference.

Job Purpose
As our business rapidly moves toward a fully digital model across the whole customer journey, our technology and IT team are vital to our future success. The Director of IT & Technology will provide the leadership and technological skills necessary to make sure that our architecture and infrastructure meet the needs of the business today and for tomorrow. As well as building and delivering the roadmap for our technology and platforms to create strategic value within the business, the Director of IT & Technology will need to be hands on and work with the team to deliver high quality end product.

Key Responsibilities
• Developing the company’s technology strategy, architecture and roadmap to ensure that the business achieves its growth targets
• Developing the firm’s IT capability covering governance, performance levels, service delivery, information security and risk management
• Implementing an effective evaluation, prioritisation and delivery process for technology and IT projects
• Overseeing development of the business’ core technology platforms and infrastructure to ensure technologies are used efficiently, profitably and securely
• Discover and implement new technologies that yield competitive advantage
• Build quality assurance and data protection processes
• Monitor KPIs and IT budgets to deliver market leading technological performance
• Leading the technology / IT team within a growth business
• Management and resource planning for the technology/IT function including hiring and outsource partner management

Qualifications and experience
• Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field
• Experience of online education / services business preferred
• High level of knowledge of the following:
o Laravel framework
o WordPress
o Version control
o Servers, computer networks, network administration, security, network and systems administration
o Office 365 structure and architecture
o API connections
o Moodle platform

Personal attributes/characteristics
• Fluent written and verbal English (mandatory)
• Excellent organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and to agreed deadlines
• High attention to detail and experience working in fast paced dynamic environments
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Strategic thinker
• Can-do, problem solving attitude
• Self-starter and self-sufficient
• Empathetic people leader

What we offer
• Competitive market-rate salary
• Participation in group bonus scheme
• Opportunity for progression in dynamic, growth business

How to apply
• Please send your CV and covering letter in English explaining your suitability for this role, with the title of this role in the subject line
• The closing date for applications is Friday 9th April, 2021
• Please note, that due to current resource constraints we will only be able to reply to those candidates who progress to an interview.

Empresa: Improve International
Local: Porto
Tipo: Full-time;

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