Executive Level Chief Technical Officer Position at bidorbuy.co.za

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A leader in its field, bidorbuy.co.za, a technology company; is looking to fill the newly created executive level position of Chief Technical Officer. While the main focus of the role will be on development ensuring rapid deployment of new tools and functionality, the overall objective of the role will include ensuring the reliable and continued operation of our IT platform to run services provided to our valued customers, whilst working with and growing the bidorbuy technical staff compliment to position the company competitively in the online marketplace sphere. 


This is a hands-on role, and the CTO will be concerned with formulating IT strategy and processes as well as directing focus and actively participating in the architecture, design and development, security, operational integrity, system support and support and maintenance across the organisation.  The alignment of IT with the organisation’s overall objectives will be key.




·         Ensure rapid rollout of new enhancements to the bidorbuy trading platform through a hands on and proactive approach.

·         Overall responsibility for the entire bidorbuy site platform, service, maintenance, development, upgrade, backup, disaster recovery, and technical support operations, including:

·         Management of budgets, development projects, IT business processes.

·         Identify and hire new, talented technical staff as well as lead and manage and support existing technical staff.

·         Develop management structures and processes for the technical team to ensure continued growth and scalability.

·         Develop and manage internal relations and points of contact between the technical team and other staff for shared projects.

·         Oversee development of long-term strategies for both operations and software development.

·         Ensure that new software development and deployment happens according to committed timelines and deliverables.

·         Oversee development of key performance metrics such as site availability and responsiveness, bug response time, code review response time, etc., and ensure consistent improvement along these metrics.


Required qualifications


·         University degree or equivalent experience in the field of computer science, business administration, or another rigorous discipline.

·         10+ years of technology management experience in increasingly responsible positions.

·         Familiarity with object orientated development and other common development methodologies.

·         Experience with Java and the J2EE programming platform.

·         Familiarity with information and network security and risk management.

·         Experience with day-to-day operations of high-traffic websites.

·         Knowledge and awareness of web standards and common web development practices.

·         Specifically, experience with web application development.

·         Experience managing open source software projects.

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Must be impact-oriented and mission-driven.