Governance Jobs in and Outside of IT
Governance may seem like overhead or even a drag on the IT organization. But that isn’t the case. Governance is vital to the effectiveness of IT.
By Joseph Gulla09/23/2019
What Kind of Governance Jobs Are Out There?In my initial search, I found more than 22,800 open jobs on Indeed.com. When you start to search for governance jobs, you find jobs that are within IT and jobs that are outside of IT.
Below in table form is a sample of IT governance jobs within IT. I collected a sample of more than 25 jobs and put them in categories like security, audit and financial management, to name three of the areas that were identified. The nature of these governance jobs is best understood when you analyze and categorize these jobs and review the descriptions. After all, IT governance happens through people with these jobs in IT and other departments.
A Sample of Governance Jobs From Within IT
|Focus area||Specific job title||Brief description|
|Cyber IT risk management specialist||Conduct enterprise-wide risk analysis for a specific business|
|Head of technology services, vulnerability and patch management||Lead efforts to extend and refine operations governance and oversight practices|
|Analyst, threat and vulnerability analyst
||Supports IT governance and provides input for improvements to the appropriate process owners|
|Cyber engagement specialist
||Serves as a liaison to ensure cybersecurity’s participation in business and IT initiatives|
|Cyber IT risk management manager
||Provide assessments to conduct enterprise-wide basis for specific business areas|
|IT governance analyst
||Handle operation, maintenance, monitoring and implementation of IT security processes, policies and procedures|
|IT auditor||Responsible for performing assurance and consulting services and audits of information systems and IT work processes|
|Inspector general IT auditor||Responsibilities include performing IT audits of the development, security and internal controls of IT systems and applications|
|Financial management||IT manager||Manage the IT department budgets and expenditures|
|IT specialist||Responsible for preparing and tracking purchase orders|
||Support enterprise functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business|
|IT infrastructure architect||Oversees and maintains standards across the international IT ecosystem, including infrastructure governance at both the strategic and tactical level|
|IT operations manager||Understanding of IT governance and operations, IT controls including privacy, security and asset management. Manage the local IT infrastructure, operations and helpdesk.|
|IT service management analyst
||Build strong relationships with infrastructure and application areas to understand IT needs, IT LOB operating model and service provider accountabilities|
|IT technical support specialist
||Concentration includes standards and governance, field operations, enterprise provisioning, service desk and end user services|
|IT portfolio analyst||Responsible for all aspects of internal IT demand management for ensuring the strategic and tactical alignment of the IT|
|IT portfolio management analyst
||Work with a high-performing dynamic team to develop innovative IT portfolio management and governance solutions for a client agency|
|IT compliance analyst||Document processes as required in support of the IT control frameworks and governance|
|IT governance specialist||Implements IT auditing concepts and strategies|
|IT governance analyst
||Aligns IT investments with enterprise business goals|
|IT governance manager
||Manages IT audit controls used for IT governance risk and compliance processes, as well as services and assets audits|
|IT quality analyst
||Works with management to drive the data governance committee data quality needs and standards|
|Manager of master data management
||Provide strategic direction for master data and transactional data governance processes, including governance council|
|Database and infrastructure manager||Ability to interact with senior management and program governance regarding IT services such as application integration, testing and maintenance|
|IT risk program manager for governance, risk and compliance||Managing complex initiatives, including IT governance, risk and compliance programs|
|IT risk advisory analyst||Consult with customers to help them adopt IT risk and governance best practices and gain business value|
|IT vendor relationship manager||Establish IT vendor governance and practices for the enterprise. Ensure IT contracts are aligned to IT strategies.|
The sample contains jobs within twelve focus areas. It might be surprising to some readers that the domain of governance within IT is so broad. Most of these assignments are narrow in focus and this is as it should be. Making risk or vendor management someone’s part-time job, second to other responsibilities, destines that roles to neglect with a great potential of lack of attention. What about governance of IT outside of IT?
Examples of Governance Jobs From Outside of ITGovernance outside of IT could perhaps be better characterized as support for IT but this depends on the nature of the organization. If the company involved is a technology company, then IT is likely to be the business of the business or, at a minimum, a company function that has a significant technology impact. In this case, governance is a better characterization than just support of IT.
Below is a brief discussion of HR, Legal and procurement—departments outside of IT who provide backing to IT.
It’s clear from HR job openings that some individuals in HR are generalist, whereas other specialize. One area of specialization is IT. HR skills in IT are especially strong in organizations that have a significant focus on IT because it’s core to the company, much like banking and insurance. HR professionals in support of IT offer advice and counsel on a broad range of HR issues and challenges faced by multiple levels of managers and executives. They drive the successful rollout of various HR programs for IT related to compensation, rewards and recognition, employee development and career progression, performance management, and workforce optimization.
It’s business as usual for legal support to be provided to IT. The legal team has a role in reviewing contracts from suppliers and in reviewing the output of IT like new software or services. In support of IT, attorneys provide legal advice on software engineering, content and products under development. The scope of their support can also include content distribution, copyright and trademark, open-source software, data privacy and security.
This team has a major role is engaging software, hardware and services in support of IT. A procurement professional needs the ability to conduct market analysis, including market drivers, supplier profiles and relative negotiating positions. The procurement department often leads negotiations with suppliers.
It’s my hope that you have become more aware of the important role of people who work to support IT through governance. It has been interesting for me to explore and learn from the job data.
Next WeekNext week, I’ll start a new series. My focus will be IBM z15, which is the latest member of the IBM Z platform, the IBM z15 (machine type 8561). I’m using recent Redbooks to inform my understanding.
Joseph Gulla is the general manager and IT leader of Alazar Press. He's a frequent Destination z contributor and writes a weekly IT Trendz blog.
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