How to write a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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CTO (Chief Technology Officer) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) job titles

    CTO (Chief Technology Officer)
    Chief Technology Officer (10+ Years’ Experience)
    Chief Information and Technology Officer
    Chief Technology Officer

CTO (Chief Technology Officer) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) job summary

Are you intrigued by the advances in big data? Are you excited by the opportunity to develop a company’s technological backbone from the ground up? If so, we can’t wait to hear from you. Our start-up marketing company needs a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) who can provide technical leadership and training for the rest of the company. The ideal applicant will have an organized and creative mindset that drives him or her to find innovative solutions to common problems. If you have a background in marketing and have the skills necessary to fulfill the obligations of a C-level position, we want to hear from you.

CTO (Chief Technology Officer) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) responsibilities

    Represent the technological agenda in staff meetings and when making hiring decisions
    Maintain current knowledge of technology landscape and developments
    Consolidate our technology platforms and create plans for each
    Track, analyze and monitor technology performance metrics
    Identify new areas of digital marketing opportunities and create plans to implement them for us and our clients
    Take the initiative in thought leadership, innovation and creativity
    Spearhead IT projects to increase our market reach and improve our USP
    Oversee all system design and changes in system architecture

CTO (Chief Technology Officer) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) skills

    MBA preferred
    7+ years’ software engineering and IT experience
    Proven track record of success in leadership positions
    Familiarity with marketing platforms, programs and policies
    Extensive experience with MVC frameworks
    Exceptional project management and organization skills

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