New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is an iconic New Zealand sports organisation with a team committed to ensuring that our national game is run smoothly and effectively. They lead, support, grow and promote New Zealand’s game, striving for rugby teams in black that are unrivalled on the global stage. Embedded in their success is a high-performance system that produces the world’s best talent, competitions that fans love, and a community game at the heart of it that continues to connect with all communities.

NZR are seeking a highly experienced and dynamic Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO) to join their organization on a 6-9-month fixed term contract basis. As the CITO, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing the Technology Team, managing a team of professionals with a specific focus on ensuring successful project delivery, and driving strategic initiatives. This position requires exceptional leadership skills, technical expertise, and a strategic mindset to guide NZR through its digital transformation journey.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high performing, lean and dynamic Technology team, and lead them as they are entering into delivery phase two of NZR’s digital journey – shaping the digital future of NZR!

Key responsibilities:

Team Management – Lead and manage a diverse team of IT professionals, fostering a collaborative and high-performance culture. Fostering a culture of innovation, creativity, and continuous improvement within the team.

Strategic Focus – Execute the organisation’s IT strategy, providing strategic guidance on IT investments, budget allocation, and resource planning. Collaborate with executive leadership to develop and implement long-term technology roadmaps. Maintain a thorough understanding of cybersecurity practices and ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

Project Delivery – Oversee the delivery of IT projects, ensuring they are completed within scope, budget, and timeline. Develop and maintain project management methodologies, standards, and best practices.

Enterprise-Wide Engagement – Foster collaboration and cross-functional alignment to drive enterprise-wide engagement and adoption of IT initiatives.

Key requirements:

  • Proven experience as a Chief Information and Technology Officer or a similar leadership role.
  • Strong background in managing and leading IT teams, driving organisational change, and delivering complex projects.
  • In-depth knowledge of IT infrastructure, systems, and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic IT plans aligned with business objectives.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively manage stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Familiarity with data protection regulations and cybersecurity best practices

This is an incredible opportunity for someone to help drive digital change for this world leading sports organisation.

In addition to a competitive remuneration package, NZR offers an excellent culture, training and development opportunities and other rugby related benefits.

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