Energy Australia has finally begun the
formal hunt for the chief information officer (CIO) that will
guide its new technology strategy over the next five
The energy utility has been without a permanent technology
chief since late last year, despite having initiated a review of IT governance.
ZDNet Australia understands a number of interim CIOs
have acted in the role since, the latest being the former CIO of
the NSW Department of Housing, Sharron Kennedy.
An advertisement on the Energy Australia Web site today said
the successful applicant would work at the executive level, and
operate "with a high degree of independence".
One of the main priorities of the position, which has a five-year
contract, is the creation of an organisation-wide IT strategic
plan. Energy Australia employs around 250 technology staff.
"The CIO will be required to develop the Corporate IT
Strategic Plan, deploy corporate methodologies, governance
framework, process and architectural standards to provide an
underlying foundation for achieving success," the advertisement
The strategic plan would determine the business cases for new
technology solutions at Energy Australia.
As part of this, architectural changes were on the agenda. The
CIO would assist Energy Australia in "migrating to an IT
architecture that will support flexibility, scalability and an
integrated approach for IT solutions."
The CIO would report to the general manager, finance and
corporate, and to the IT steering committee. The committee was
setup last year to improve governance.
Required skills for the position included the ability to
"develop and deploy corporate methodologies, governance
structures", extensive project management skills and highly
developed consulting skills.