Head of IT, Insurance

Job Title: Head of IT, Insurance
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Salary: Competitive Package
Reference: JR109083_1567135828
Contact Name: James Rushworth
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 30, 2019 11:30

Job Description

The goal is to ensure IT systems are effective and functioning within the limits of budget, time and specifications of the company. Key responsibilities include:

Projects & Operation

  • Provide leadership and oversight to IT projects and ensures adherence to schedule, cost and quality and meeting business objectives
  • Takes responsibility for special projects and other initiatives on behalf of the Region or Enterprise
  • Oversee technology operations (e.g. network, security), applications and end user computing environment for users
  • Identify the need for upgrades and keep the system current at all times ensuring stability and security of IT systems
  • Devise and establish IT policies and systems to support the implementation of strategies set region and/or enterprise
  • Engage Regional and Corporate Office for system implementation, enhancement and operational support.
  • Assist in building relationships with vendors and creating/managing cost-efficient contracts
  • Oversees IT budgeting and cost estimation approaches, resource allocation, and reallocation for cost-optimisation.

Strategy Execution

  • Works with business unit leaders to develop project and program resourcing strategies to ensure optimum support for projects and day-to-day operational activities
  • Works with the enterprise architecture function to ensure alignment between enterprise architectural roadmaps, business strategies, enterprise transformation activities and compliance standards
  • Ensures continuous alignment of project investments and initiatives with business strategy based on changing functional needs, resource capacity constraints, risk exposure, and interdependencies
  • Oversees the development of appropriate governance frameworks and mechanisms for effective risk management

Talent and Workforce Strategy

  • Leads the creation of an IT workforce strategy, including the analysis of trends and business strategy to forecast critical skills, emerging skills and resource gaps
  • Established strategic relationship with shared services and 3rd party service providers to fulfill demand
  • Oversees planning and implementation of IT management training initiatives, IT skills analysis and job description updates

Engagement, Governance & Communication

  • Establishes and manages effective relationships between business partners and IT
  • Conducts meetings with regional IT leaders and key business stakeholders to validate IT's understanding of business goals and effectively communicate the IT strategy
  • Develops IT performance metrics and oversees monthly reviews with the Business leadership team and regional IT team
  • Manages the IT strategy and planning and IT communications teams to ensure a high standard of performance
  • Reviews management processes (and decisions) to ensure compliance with the organisation's strategy for corporate governance of information.

Interested candidates should ideally have experience in life insurance business, with a minimum of 12 years relevant IT experience, of which 5 years are in a leadership role.

  • Expert in IT strategic planning, project execution, operations, communications, and financial management
  • Strong customer and user experience focus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven experience in IT governance formulation and organizational change management
  • Proven track record of innovation, both in internal problem solving and in fostering innovative uses of technology in the organisation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proven ability to work effectively with all organisational levels
  • Ability to effectively drive business, culture, and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment.

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