Technical Director Job Description

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This is a real-world description for a technical director. The description itself is several years old, but 95% of it is still appropriate for today.

Solution Development and Delivery

  • Serves as a technical expert representative across teams, clients, and the information technology industry.
  • Offers technical support across practices in offering definition and positioning.
  • Suggests alternative technical solutions to meet client requirements more efficiently, and/or with greater reusability, and / or longer life.

Technical Effort Management

  • Promotes and coordinates technical knowledge harvesting within the organization.
  • Defines, communicates and enforces coding standards.
  • Identifies reusable code required for our code library and ensures the high quality creation of the code.
  • Manages multiple technical teams within budget and project schedule.
  • Tracks and identifies new opportunities to improve our methodology and training offerings.
  • Assists in strategic sales efforts from a technical perspective.
  • Consistently delivers high-quality services to our clients.

CAREER PATH CORE COMPETENCIES

Technical Expertise

  • Possesses significant knowledge of:
    • Complex database concepts and assists in establishing standards applied across project teams .
    • Various programming languages and assists in establishing standards applied across project teams.
    • OO concepts and assists in establishing standards applied across project teams.
    • Client/server and internet systems architectures and assists in establishing standards applied across project teams.
    • Browser/client specific compatibility issues.

Communication

  • Handles difficult personnel situations directly, using appropriate discretion, HR advice, and respect for the individual.
  • Promotes us through speaking engagements at industry conferences and involvement in local business organizations.
  • Consistently published in technical / trade journals, writes white papers on chosen technical expertise, or speaks at industry events (at least twice a year).

PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES

Leadership

  • Achieves excellence in all areas of business.
  • Champions change and effectively manages the implementation of new ideas.

Teamwork

  • Reinforces team approach throughout development efforts .
  • Supports and solicits input from team members at all levels within the organization.

Client Management

  • Communicates effectively with clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative technical solutions and strategies.
  • Continually defines ways to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships.
  • Maintains lasting client relationships.
  • Ensures that we consistently deliver superior technical solutions to clients.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Innovator Development

  • Participates in all programs and enforces all policies relating to performance evaluations and career development planning.
  • Mentors key technical staff.
  • Creates an environment where Innovators can successfully achieve professional career path goals.
  • Manages the development of technical managers and senior technical managers.

Internal Operations

  • Reviews status reports of Technical Managers and Senior Technical Managers and addresses issues as appropriate.
  • Enforces standard policies and procedures.

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2 Comments

  1. Andrew, interview questions for technical directors might revolve around three main topics: Technical Expertise People and Budget Management Client Facing Skills Technical expertise questions can be techy questions to verify their knowledge and can be "give me an example of a time when you used x" open questions for them to elaborate and show their stuff. You might also want them to demonstrate their knowledge of new technologies and trends and are aware of the IT field. The other two topics can be mainly "give me an example of a time when you demonstrated x skill" but also roleplaying type questions can be useful. For example, "How would you deal with a situation when a client is angry because a project went over time and budget?" Also useful here is a knowledge of various project management techniques such as Agile, Prince2, Waterfall, etc and ask what sort of policies the candidate might develop to ensure the growth of the company and the conformity to industry standards, how they deal with staff who've performed well/poorly. Obviously the standard interview questions such as "what are you strengths/weaknesses" etc would make a show here too. A position this high up is going to involve a lengthy interview, though, so give yourself some time for it and do a bit of research regarding technologies and project management techniques beforehand. Hope this helps Joe

  2. Thank you very much for the Technical Director Job Description, it has helped a great deal in setting requirements for our new position. Do you by any chance have any suggestions for interviewing such a candidate? We need to follow up a great job description with a fantastic interview and do not really know where to start. Thanks in advance and once again we appreciate you help so far. Kind regards Andrew

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