What is the purpose of the role?
The IT business manager oversees IT-wide management information and reporting, and IT procurement and commercial activities within Thames Water. The role requires a close working relationship with the rest of the IT leadership team and the head of IT finance to manage the financial health of the IT organisation, drive insights for the chief digital officer, and provide a robust and commercially savvy IT procurement capability.
What makes this role unique?
Thames Water's Technology and Transformation Alliance (TTA) deliver its technology services and projects in the future. We work closely with partners who bring their own skills, knowledge, capabilities, insight and innovative thinking to the alliance, which combined with the Thames team's experience and knowledge of our business, create an innovative way of working and delivering technology services and projects.
What will this role involve?
You will be commercial business partnering, managing insights and risk driving IT performance insights, planning, and budgeting in liaison with the Financial Controller team; providing oversight of IT risks and leads related governance.
You will be reporting on performance collating and reporting on timely IT management information to drive a culture of high performance and evidenced based decision making.
You will define and oversee technology procurement including the IT sourcing strategy and procurement process, working closely with the Group Commercial team
You will be manage the technology vendor contract management including the management of the contract lifecycle, ensuring failures are properly addressed and compensated, and leads the renewal process; you will be working closely with IT Operations on vendor management activities.
What are we looking for?
You will be known to have a strong understanding of management accounting principles including budgeting and forecasting
From your previous roles you will be commercially savvy with excellent negotiation and influencing skills
You will have IT procurement expert knowledge in IT market trends and solutions and are comfortable working in a complex multi-supplier environment
You will be able to demonstrate your experience in drawing action based insights from technical management information and have substantial experience in managing risks and driving performance
You will have experience in ensuring high performance through the adherence to quality standards and processes
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based in our head office in Reading offering a competitive salary and great benefits package.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 19/10/17.