Chief Information Officer (CIO)
The GAA is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching 1,000,000 people and more than 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired and supported by the voluntary efforts of its members, the GAA is focused on the development and promotion of Gaelic Games and culture nationally and in local communities.
As part of a rapidly expanding and essential area of information technology the GAA is looking for a creative and dynamic person to be responsible for developing and managing its information technology duties and efforts.
The successful candidate will form part of the Association’s senior management structure and have a key role in building the GAA’s IT plans and strategies for short, medium, and long-term implementation, both at Central Council and national levels. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will work across all functions in the GAA to improve the use of information technology in furthering the goals of the organisation.
Amongst your key responsibilities will be developing and executing the strategic technology plan, as well as the execution of our business (including commercial) and IT programme portfolio, ensuring IT within the GAA is positioned as a market leader.
- Promote and lead the Association’s expectations from technology, including internal business process enablement and transformation; and enhanced experiences for employees, volunteers, members, and fans through technology.
- Strategically plan, in business partnership with executive peers, the specific technological needs and opportunities of the Association.
- Review, maintain and develop, IT and technological policies and procedures that support needs and objectives of the Association.
- Continuously monitor all potential opportunities that can increase the commercial and reputational value to the Association through technological investment.
- Deal with third parties and suppliers including outsourcing partners.
- Prepare and manage an annual IT budget.
- Communicate and collaborate with all GAA departments and national units to assess and recommend appropriate technological advances that support their needs.
- Ensure the successful operation of all business management systems in use within the Association, which include VMWare ESX, Citrix, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Office 365, Cisco Voice and IP, and Microsoft SQL Server.
- A graduate with at least ten years’ experience working in IT, a minimum of five of which spent at director or head of IT level
- Ability to convert business requirements to technical solutions, with an eye to optimal design, performance, extensibility, and scalability.
- Have the ability to build relationships with key stakeholder, both internal and external, and exhibit important influencing skills in the process.
- Excellent communications, listening and influencing skills.
- Have excellent broad IT skills in a wide range of areas, including IT project management, systems implementation - from requirements definition to procurement, implementation, troubleshooting, and beyond.
- Will have demonstrable experience in anticipating and responding to technological advancements in recent years, such as enterprise platforms and solutions, cloud computing, learning platforms (e.g. Moodle), and data analytics.
- Strong familiarity with software development process and practices: testing, QA, continuous integration, documentation, and code reviews
- Candidates should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the structure and ethos of the GAA.
Candidates interested in the above role should apply by emailing an up to date Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to Fergal Keys at The Panel at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GAA is an equal opportunities employer