What companies really want when hiring a CIO

Specific technology skills are great, but the best CIOs are proven leaders, excellent managers and master communicators.

What companies really want when hiring a CIO

What are companies looking for when hiring a CIO? The answer varies depending on the organization and industry, but companies tend to look for certain common skills and experience when hiring for the role — at least according to CIO job postings.

Indeed.com analyzed jobs postings for chief information officers between April 2017 and March 2018 and found 10 sought-after skills in almost every posting. This mix of hard and soft skills provides a good guideline for aspiring IT executives as to what hiring companies are looking for in their next CIO.

The skills include adeptness with project management, agile methodologies, enterprise software development, budgeting and recruiting, as well as technical expertise in business intelligence, data warehousing, and with specific technologies, SAP, VMware, and SharePoint.

“CIOs have been tasked with developing the strategies and initiatives needed to successfully implement the digital transformation within their organizations,” says Paul Wolfe, senior vice president and head of global human resources at Indeed.com. “It comes as no surprise that we are seeing a mixture of leadership, business and technology skills being reflected in the job postings for the role on Indeed.”

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