Head of IT platforms and development

Updated: 14 days ago

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

Aalto University IT Services supports our researchers, teachers, students and other staff by producing world class services that make their work easier, more flexible, comprehensive and secure regardless of time and location. We are a community of over 130 committed and talented IT experts.

Are you passionate about leading and coaching IT top talents and contributing to strategic planning and decision making at IT management team level?

We are now looking for a Head of IT platforms and development to lead Aalto University’s IT Development function.

As a Head of IT platforms and development, you establish an overall vision and strategy of IT solution development and its’ sourcing. You are responsible of planning and managing processes, roles and tools for successful IT solutions planning and deployment. You also establish and oversee budgets, plans and policies that will effectively implement the IT solutions needed by Aalto University.

The unit that you lead, Aalto University’s IT Development function, offers platforms and capabilities for better use of information and develops ways of working in IT system development. The unit comprises e.g., the areas of Integrations, Data Warehouse, Identity and Access Management, Digi Process Factory, Solution Consultation, Machine Learning, Collaboration, external project managers and project management & IT development methods.

You lead, coach and mentor 20+ highly skilled, motivated and independent professionals – the Superhero and Ninja teams, co-creating our culture of experimentation and learning, where supportive and professional leadership is a key cornerstone. Aalto IT unit has gotten great results in leadership, and we wish you share the ambition! We fail fast and learn fast – together.

You contribute to strategic planning and decision-making as a member of Aalto IT management team to develop and implement a strategy that aligns IT with Aalto University’s overall vision and its current and long-term objectives. You collaborate closely with the services functions across the University, stakeholders, partners, vendors and Aalto ecosystem developing platforms, driving digitalization and an agile way of working in the University’s culture and processes.

What we offer

Aalto University is technically unique and interesting: we have a rich and versatile IT environment with leading edge technologies and latest developments in the field of IT research. Our significant in-house IT resources and capabilities enable experimenting and committed long-term IT development. We have an ambitious digitalization strategy and a diverse and vast community of innovative users.

We offer you an interesting, independent and contributing role in heart of Aalto’s digitalization. Although you are independently responsible of your own area of work, we offer you support and coaching when you feel you need it. We offer you great possibilities for competence development and career advancement as we are looking for potential to grow into even more demanding IT roles.

With us you will be part of an inspiring and supportive work community of ambitious game-changers who are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. In this responsible and challenging role, you have a direct impact on world-class research and education.

Find out what it is like to work in Aalto IT Services here: read the article and watch the video. https:// duunitori.fi/tyoelama/aalto-universitys-it-experts-in-spotlight

Your experience and ambitions

To enjoy and succeed in the position, we wish you to have:

  • strong experience in leadership and passion to help others grow with proven results in IT environments. You are a leader that people want to follow.
  • good understanding of digitalization, IT strategy, general IT solution development processes and DevOps
  • good understanding of
    • analytics, BI, information architecture (IA) and enterprise data warehousing
    • digital & service platforms, especially enterprise integration platforms
    • collaboration technologies
  • experience in vendor management and building partner ecosystems
  • experience in developing and executing successfully IT solution roadmaps
  • strong customer service orientation, and capability to influence in matrix organization
  • solution oriented, productive and courageous, yet analytical mindset and way of working
  • great collaborative skills and approach
  • ability to communicate smoothly in English, while Finnish skills are an advantage
  • positive drive to contribute to Aalto University’s mission and future success

More than anything, we hope you are passionate about your field of work and enthusiastic about constantly innovating and learning something new together with others.

Ready to apply?

To hear more, you can reach out to CIO Christa Winqvist, tel. +358 50 402 7070 (available 11.11. at 11.00-12.00 and 19.11. at 13.30-14.30) or HR Partner Lotta Karlsson-Laitinen, tel. +358 50 406 6635. You can also reach out to Lotta to get more material about the position and Aalto University.

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by Sunday 24.11.2019. As we are eager to find the right leader to join our team, we will start reviewing applications immediately.


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