Blackwood’s client is the UK’s leading online price comparison and marketplace company offering consumers information and products across a range of sectors. Having grown at pace, the company now wished to ensure that its technology strategy and infrastructure would support future growth in a flexible, scalable and cost effective manner, and a CTO was sought to lead this process.
Reporting to the CFO and operating at board level, the CTO is responsible for all areas of technology within the organisation, leading a team of approximately 200 people.
Candidates needed previous leadership experience of significant software development and infrastructure functions in an online business, with a sound understanding of agile methodologies. Exceptional leadership skills and high standards of delivery were required. The search was conducted across online transactional businesses in all sectors.
The placed candidate had most recently been CIO of an online publishing company and had a reputation for strong influencing and leadership skills.