The vice president of information technology (IT) is a high-level position that oversees an organization's technology initiatives, as well as IT changes and updates to all projects. The vice president assesses IT systems and makes decisions on investments and implementation of future technology. They must achieve IT department goals within the context of the organization's vision and values. They also help develop policies, standards, and objectives, in addition to participating in training sessions and helping recruit new talent. One of the most important functions of this position is the helping create budgets and authorize purchases, with help from other executives and managers. Most vice presidents of IT work in an office setting during regular business hours, although overtime may be required, particularly for projects on deadline.
This is an executive position that requires outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to lead a team in a way that promotes efficient, high quality work. Vice presidents of information technology also need to be able to develop sustainable business relationships with vendors. In addition, they must be attentive to detail and handle stress well. A bachelor's degree is needed for this position, along with several years of experience in the IT field. Different leadership and technology certifications from major software/hardware companies are usually a plus.
Vice President (VP), Information Technology (IT) Tasks
- Establish the strategic direction of the Company's information systems as well as executing the strategy.
- Identify and propose new information technologies and systems to improve business processes and decision making.