Head of IT
Posted 3 months ago
The Royal Horticultural Society has been the force behind gardening for more than 200 years. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live. We want to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make Britain a greener and more beautiful place.
Best known for our world famous Flower Shows and our Gardens, our charitable work is diverse and includes connecting millions of children with nature through the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, managing RHS Britain in Bloom, Europe’s largest community gardening campaign, and conducting pioneering horticultural science research.
We are looking for a proactive and inspirational Head of IT to lead our IT team over split locations in Wisley and Vincent Square, London. With a proven track record in IT management, you will have a good understanding of the technical IT requirements of a progressive organisation. As Head of IT you will be a member of the Senior Management Team with responsibility for managing and coordinating the day to day IT operations and development across all of the Society's locations and Divisions, ensuring systems are stable, robust, scalable and future proofed. You will be a commercially aware, credible and forward thinking Head of IT designing and leading strategic and operational planning to identify and scope the right technology and software solutions to support the organisation in achieving its strategic objectives and responsible for delivering it. This will include reviewing IT architecture and infrastructure, preparing specifications, organising and analysing tenders and overseeing project implementation.
You will have in depth knowledge of technical management, information analysis and IT hardware and software systems as well as a record for developing customer focused teams. You will have substantial experience delivering and managing an innovative IT strategy and aligning this to the strategy of the organisation, enabling the Society to become more efficient and effective through the use of existing and emerging systems. Used to controlling budgets you will have excellent communication skills, be highly organised and adept at problem solving.
You will need to develop excellent professional relationships at all levels of the Society and encourage by example a collaborative working style between the Organisation and the IT team.
If this unique opportunity to be part of the RHS team in an interesting, challenging and fun role.