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Change-driving permanent & interim CIOs, CTOs & CDOs

Tech and digital transformation was already a much cited business priority before the pandemic struck. Now, it’s a necessity – many businesses moved faster in three months of 2020 than the preceding three years.

The rise of data, analytics and machine learning is rapid. At the same time, security and privacy threats are increasing daily. And, businesses face challenges like harmonising IT during mergers and dealing with legacy systems.

High-calibre interim CIOs and interim IT directors are in high demand. We have specialist expertise in executive search and interim management advisory, helping you to source and deploy the highest of calibre individual for your organisation’s operational priorities.

The rise of the interim CTO

IT is the enabler of modern businesses, essential to day-to-day operations and service delivery while underpinning strategic change. Perm CIOs/IT directors and Interim CIOs and interim IT directors can identify and implement new ways to make technology work for businesses – by empowering employees, increasing efficiency, streamlining procedures, reducing costs and improving the customer experience.

Interim IT professionals, like interim CIOs and interim IT directors, are specialists in cutting through the complexity and delivering IT projects on time and budget. They bring outside skills and experience and highly specialised knowledge in individual technologies and smart integrated solutions. Ultimately, IT interims navigate challenges and pitfalls to help deliver competitive advantage.

At New Street Consulting Group, we have placed perm and interim CIOs and IT directors with some of the world’s leading organisations – equipping them with a wealth of experience and cross-functional expertise.

The benefits of CIOs & interim directors

Interim IT specialists bring the rare mix of technical, business and people skills to join the dots between online and offline: brands, products, services and communication.

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 of major transformation projects themselves, they free up the time (and energy) of the CEO and CFO for their other priorities.

Inspiring change

Businesses and workforces are often resistant to change. An interim CIO or interim IT director can bring the track record and presence to create a vision, set a strategic direction and secure enthusiastic buy-in for change.

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 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 empower your team to thrive in the more agile, flexible working world of the future.

Executive search & selection – CIOs, CTOs & CDOs

Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre senior IT and technology candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Across assignments, we provide up-to-date marketplace insight, making clear recommendations on when to recruit within niche sectors and when to bring in fresh skills and perspective from outside.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

“The process applied by Wickland Westcott at New Street Consulting Group was unusually supportive and satisfying. The consultant continues to support the candidate in the transition period allowing for a good head start for the CTO.”

Head of HR Operations,
Sunseeker

Who we help

FTSE250 & global corporations

The people 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.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies

When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, people are central to success. An interim IT director can enable the structural, cultural and behavioural change need 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 people problems, especially in regulated sectors like fintech. An interim IT director can put the right foundation in place at the start, from policies and procedures to organisational change.

Public sector, 3rd sector & housing

The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less – with Brexit a complicating factor in the health and care sectors especially. Restructures, transformation and outsourcing all call for the proven IT experience that an interim IT director can deliver, including an understanding of unionised workforces and the opportunities for new ways of working and delivering frontline services.

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Together, our consultants, specialists, interims and candidates bring a depth of industry expertise gained through first-hand experience in every major sector of the UK economy.

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