A CTO will ensure you have the right technological capabilities

A CTO will ensure you have the right technological capabilities

Finding a suitable and experienced CTO can make a great difference in your company’s future. See what to look for in a CTO and how Compass can help you find just the right one.

The right CTO is essential when you want to ensure you have the best technological assets

What is a CTO?

CTO is short for Chief Technology Officer.  A CTO is responsible for the technological aspects of an organisation’s strategy and operations.

What is a CTO’s role in an organisation?

The CTO normally leads the technological development and adaptation of a company. Many times the CTO sits in the management team. A CTO’s daily activities include e.g. making decisions on technological investments, technological risk assessment, 

researching and implementing new technologies, managing technology operations and ensuring data security and compliance.

When do you need a CTO?

Typically companies who operate in the technology and software industries always have a CTO. An organisation operating in other fields may need a Chief Technology Officer when it has a significant need to develop, implement, and manage technology solutions that align with the organization’s overall goals and objectives. Some situations where you might want to look into hiring a CTO are:

  • Developing and implementing technology strategy
  • Building or improving technology infrastructure
  • Implementing new technologies
  • Ensuring data security and compliance

What type of a background does a CTO normally have?

Many Chief Technology Officers have studied computer science. At this level extensive experience from leading engineering teams or experience as CIO is recommendable in addition to proper leadership skills and people management skills.

How to find a great CTO?

There’s currently quite a lot of competition on the job market for experienced leaders. Typically leaders of this rank are found with the help of a headhunter. It is also the way many leaders are accustomed to change jobs and they rarely browse job ads, but rather wait to be contacted or they contact a headhunter themselves.

At Compass HRG we recruit on average a leader a day. What we’ve noticed is that successful recruits are the result of careful match making. A good headhunter can read the hiring organization and see what the organization needs. On the other hand a good headhunter knows what kind of a person is motivated to jump into any given organization.


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In addition, we have an office in the UK where we provide our international outlook and assist Nordic companies in the UK, Europe and other countries with their specialist and executive recruitment.

On average we recruit a leader per day. Our consultants have extensive understanding of the sensitive match making between a company and a leader.

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