Council seeks boss for ICT team still under construction

Council seeks boss for ICT team still under construction

Wellington City Council is advertising for a head of technology and information.

Wellington City Council is advertising for a head of technology and information (HTI) to take overall charge of managing its ICT systems and “further development of the technology-based infrastructure”. However, the ICT team itself could be due for further restructuring.

The HTI will be a central reporting point for the three managers currently in charge of information management, strategy and development and IT operations.

However, this structure may be temporary, says senior media advisor Grahame Armstrong, as the wave of downsizing going through the management ranks of the council has not yet tackled the ICT function in detail.

WCC has ambitious plans in the ICT arena, involving “multi-million dollar investment,” Armstrong says: “The council has an ongoing programme aimed at upgrading its ICT. This includes a significant upgrade of its internet presence [and] also involves major work to align a number of different IT systems across the council so they can allow as many online interactions and transactions as possible.

“The many different systems still operating in different council units range from libraries to building consents to archives and drainage and, of course, a host of other areas, and the many and varied needs of both the staff and council customers,” he says in an email.

“As the job advertisement states, the core purpose of the job is to lead changes that create an IT environment that is rationalised and consolidated, less complex, more innovative and agile – and better value for money.”

Asked why ICT management ranks are expanding when other senior posts in the Council are being disestablished, Armstrong says the major impact of the restructuring exercise has not yet reached ICT. This has produced what another council source called a “hiatus” in ICT plans. Armstrong downplays the use of this term, saying any hiatus referred to will be ended by the HTI’s appointment.

The impression of an increase in ICT ranks is to some extent misleading, he says. To date it has been part of the duties of a member of the executive team to be in overall charge of the three managers. The new person will relieve the incumbent of that duty.

However, Armstrong says he cannot predict the final structure or estimate the timescale of further changes.

The advertisement, placed through recruitment company Robert Walters, asks potential applicants to email their CV at this stage and specifies no deadline date for application.

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