Job title: IT Director (m/f/d)
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Utilities
Expertise: IT
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Job published: 21-11-2021
Job ID: 32144

Job Description

About Departer – The German Headhunter:

As an internationally oriented German HR consultancy for the recruitment of multinational professionals, Departer possesses a long-standing expertise in the core markets of Germany, Greater China, the Middle East, and Australia. Through our regionally established offices in Dubai, Sydney, and Hamburg, we are valued as a reliable recruitment partner by numerous companies.

Our client is a European company responsible for planning and development of a large coke, power, and desalination plant in the UAE. It will be the most eco-friendly coking plant in the world to supply power and water the the United Arab Emirates. As IT Director, you will be responsible for the set-up and implementation of a suitable and efficient IT system, suitable for a future workforce of around 600 employees. You will work with department heads, managed services, and outside vendors to implement, manage and support the technical needs of the plant network and develop a consistent and standard approach aligned with corporate-wide IT strategy and corresponding budget. The IT Director will be a collaborative leader able to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders across the company. 


Your duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • Develop IT policies and procedures for acquiring and deploying technology to meet business needs
  • Will provide the vision and leadership for the development and implementation of all aspects of the information technology initiatives
  • Manages teams supporting and implementing multi-functional and multi-location IT systems
  • Define, document, and manage scope, expectations, implementation approach, deliverables, and acceptance testing criteria
  • Investigate vendors for technology-related projects and spearhead vendor selection based on best combinations of service, quality, and price
  • Obtain appropriate licenses to develop and manages an effective IT risk mitigation strategy
  • Implement an IT continuity plan by developing appropriate backup strategies (online and offline recovery)
  • Revise disaster recovery plan and manage the uptime of infrastructure
  • Analyze information needs of the organization and ensure the acquisition of new equipment for building in house solutions
  • Oversee asset procurement and installation and ensure availability of resources for necessary tasks
  • Perform technical write up and develop standards for required documentation
  • Ensure traceability and consistency through the use of the right tools, work breakdown structure, and resource plan
  • Supervise and coordinate with the site in charge to implement IT setup for the execution of the project
  • Directly budget and monitor expenditure to ensure budgets meet established targets
  • Make estimates of future business needs monitor project revenues and expenses
  • Implement cyber security standards and requirements
  • Direct reporting to COO


To be successful in this role you should have the following skills and experiences:

  • University degree in Computer Engineering, or similar
  • At least ten years of working experience at a senior IT role in an international industrial environment
  • Working experience in a manufacturing or energy-producing industry would be an added value
  • Experience in establishing and executing an enterprise technology strategy and operations that ensure delivery of IT capabilities required
  • Excellent English language skills, German would be an added value
  • Highly proficient in software applications and hardware equipment
  • Experience in setting up an IT system for an entire company from scratch
  • Strong organization skills including the ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines
  • Strong team mentality and ability to lead large diverse multi-cultural teams
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed with attention to detail 
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities