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What is the proper name for this IT job?

Asked by HelpMeOmg (79 points ) May 24th, 2012

I have been working in IT (network\system administration) for several years. Everywhere I worked for a company whose product was IT weather it be a webhost or an ISP. Naturally I worked a M-F 9–5.

I am looking to find a career where I would be the “company IT guy”. I would like to be responsible for the systems of a company that does something other than IT. A family friend of mine makes upwards of $100k a year working for a mid size financing company. Since it is not an IT company he is essentially his own boss as he is the sole person in the company responsible for the systems. He essentially keeps everything working and the company is happy.

What would this career be formally called? Everything on monster, dice, etc. are IT companies looking to hire IT people (software firms, ISPs, webhosts, etc.).

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marinelife's avatar

“Computer and Information Systems Manager”

1) Manage backup, security and user help systems.

2) Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.

3) Direct daily operations of department, analyzing workflow, establishing priorities, developing standards and setting deadlines.

4) Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.

5) Stay abreast of advances in technology.

6) Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.

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bolwerk's avatar

What @marinelife said, or some variation thereabouts. Check O*Net for related things that might interest you (maybe this list).

What you’re talking about tends to be an MS- or MBA-level position. It requires both a good understanding of information technology and a good understanding of business in general.

geeky_mama's avatar

If you’re looking for the managerial position where a team of IT/Network Admin folks work for you – that’d be a CTO (Chief Technical Officer). That’s when it’s a larger size company.

If you’re looking to work for a smaller company and handle everything from their technology procurement to making their internet run smoothly.. well, that’s a bit harder to find.

Here’s why:
Most smaller companies contract that out to a third party provider because it’s less expensive and their network/ISP offers it as a service. Unless they are large enough to need a full-time on-site person, they won’t have this sort of position. Typically they’ll hire on someone who is “sorta technical” and that person will grow into the managerial role along with the company. So, getting hired in is tough.

So, you should target your search on medium sized companies. (They should have 500+ employees). This role is sometimes called: “Information Systems Management” or “Director of IT”.

Something like these responsibilities

It would also help if you have people management skills as invariably you’ll end up with some IT staff in this particular role.

picante's avatar

Welcome to Fluther!

Regardless of the type of company you work for, being the “head honcho” for all systems work can be daunting. Either you’re an overworked “jack of all trades,” whose value is poorly understood, or you’re a brilliant IT professional who is having to change toner cartridges and troubleshoot unplugged network cables. I know there’s a lot of ground in-between; but be very careful what you wish for.

To be a true Information Technology “Director” or “Chief,” you’ll need to acquire a tremendous amount of business acumen in addition to your IT skillset. You’ll need to understand the strategies and business goals of your company, you’ll need to direct the security and risk challenges that all companies face, you’ll need to work closely with finance and marketing to ensure the right sytsems are in place to support the business. You’ll need to direct training on the systems/software. You’ll want to have consumate communication skills in addition to your technical skills.

I don’t mean to scare you—in fact, I encourage you. I hope you’ll really browse some of the requirements and responsibilities of the highest paid professionals in your field and then start downsizing until you find the perfect position.

I think Marinelife’s description of the network manager probably comes closet to your current vision. But that description of duties would only get you by as the “company IT guy” in the smallest of shops.

Good luck to you!

blueiiznh's avatar

You are always going to report to someone. Even the President of a mid-sized company is going to report to the Board of Directors.
So for the IT space her is a rough top down:
CIO
CTO
VP Information Systems
Sr Director Information Technology/Systems
Director Information Technology/Systems
Manager (datacenter, dba, operations, Wintel,unix,etc…..)
Lead (etc….)
Senior. (etc…..)
Admin
Operations

citizenearth's avatar

Usually for non-IT company, the job you are after is called IT Manager or MIS Manager. BTW, MIS stands for Management Information System.

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