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CTO 2.0

Paul Brislen, Editor. 08 May 2018, 11:23 am

The country's Chief Technology Officer role has been re-advertised and will now focus on "Planning for future workforce needs and the development of new skills; Responding to emerging and disruptive technologies; and Ensuring all our communities are supported to improve their digital access and build equity" according to the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The CTO role was to have been a digital thought leader operating across business units within Government and was to have been put in place before the meeting of the (now) D7 nations in February. However, despite around 60 applicants making it past the first phase, no candidate was deemed successful and the Minister, Clare Curran, decided to revisit the role specification, in conjunction with the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group.

"The ideal candidate will possess: a high level of expertise in their field; an ability to influence a range of different groups - from government and industry to wider society; and the passion and drive to instigate action, along with strong foresight and strategic capabilities, to ensure that New Zealand has the right foundations in place to seize the benefits, and mitigate the challenges, of increasing technological change," says the statement.

"This is the second round of recruitment for this critical role, and to recognise that different skills and abilities will suit this role at different points, we are looking at a one-year appointment with an option to renew for another year," says the minister in the press release.

Applicants are expected to remain outside the industry for the duration of the contract. For more details see the job description here.


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