Victorian shared services provider CenITex has gone to market for a new chief operating officer to fill Thana Velummylum's former role.
Velummylum finished up his position as COO earlier this year and
moved to be the program director for CenITex's efficient technology
services program (ETS), which aims to create the common desktop,
trusted network and hosting service for CenITex to implement in all
His role change came after
controversy over his holding the chief operating officer position
as a contractor — his payment was $493,680 for the year.
Victoria's Shadow Minister for Information and Communications Technology Gordon
Rich-Phillips had said at the time that he didn't think that an
ongoing position such as the COO should be filled by a contractor.
The advertisement to fill the COO position once more is looking for
someone to work in Melbourne on a fixed-term full-time basis, but
didn't specify a salary.
As COO, the successful applicant will be in charge of around 500
direct and indirect reports, according to the advertisement, but to
obtain the role they will have to have proved financial management
of profitable budgets of over $40 million.
The operations division was the "engine room of the
organisation" the advertisement said, taking care of service desks,
workplace services, hosting services, vendor management and process
According to the position description, the role works closely
with the clients' director Neil Smart and the chief information
officer; however, no chief information officer has appeared on the
senior management site since former
CIO Bruce Carlos left and the position was dissolved.
Although ZDNet.com.au understands CenITex hoped to fill
the position from within government, the advertisement says that
the applicant should ideally have both government and commercial
In a presentation given in June this year, Velummylum said that
CenITex had 320 full-time staff and took in $57 million per annum
in revenues. The shared services agency was supporting 12,775
desktops and 1200 servers.
CenITex has yet to respond to requests for comment on the role.