The Obi Wan Kenobi of technology roles, the Tech Director (along with the Chief technology Officer) is responsible for all aspects of a companies IT. A massive amount of hidden infrastructure exists behind the scenes in most businesses including servers, computer systems and networks, and the Technology Director needs to make sure that all of this runs like a well oiled machine. People management is a huge part of this position, with the technology director overseeing every part of processes like procuring new equipment, evaluating needs from department to department, and rolling out new ways of running systems. Managing suppliers also plays a crucial part in the role. The technology director usually has the final say on IT budgets and needs to be certain that the best deals possible are being struck for the company by their team.
This role needs a strong, practical background in IT and management. These skills can come from years of experience as a consultant or technician, and working up from the service desk is not unheard of. Holding a BSc / MSc in subjects like computer science or systems engineering is a strong asset. Adding a business focus through optional modules or extra qualifications is also helpful.
Day to day, the technology director will be expected to work with technicians, engineers, program developers and administrators to keep the IT infrastructure in peak condition. They must also be able to keep one eye on the horizon so that the company is ready for new technologies and regulations.