New York, NY

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Our client, a major professional services organization, is seeking a Chief Information Officer. The successful candidate will be an individual who can work with and advise senior members of the firm on strategic issues as they relate to technology, and also have the ability to understand the day-to-day responsibilities of junior members of his/her organization. Managing a staff of thirty plus individuals, the individual will be direct all areas of information technology and systems for the firm. The individual will work closely with the firm's Partners and senior members of the entity's management team.

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Assessment of the entity's technology platform vis-a-vis its business needs, and recommend appropriate strategies
• Define and assess the business requirements of internal users and determine how to best meet those requirements using technology
• Evaluate the current structure of the information technology organization and make changes as appropriate
• Develop and manage the entity's IT budget
• Work productively on cross-functional teams, providing IT expertise and support
• Work with appropriate personnel at all firm locations to provide the appropriate level of technical support at branch offices

The individual we are seeking will have a minimum of fifteen years of management experience in the IT area. It is expected that a significant amount of that experience will have been with a professional services organization. Knowledge of the insurance industry would be of value. An undergraduate degree is required, an advanced degree is preferred.

While this position will be quite demanding, the entity is known as one that prides itself on its collegial environment and its emphasis on employees having a meaningful work/home balance. With that said, the position carries with it a great deal of exposure to senior management. The successful candidate will be one who has the ability to make his/her point in a way that is forceful, yet does not antagonize an individual who might disagree with that position; in other words, possessing tact and diplomacy are important.