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JCB digging for a new CIO

JCB, the UK based manufacturer of construction equipment is on the search for a new CIO. Stuart Hughes has been CIO at the Staffordshire based business since June 2016 having joined JCB from hotel rooms aggregator Laterooms.

“An outstanding new CIO is sought to pick up the baton,” JCB said in a statement. The new CIO will report to the CFO, but “will play a key role in leading and shaping this global function”.

JCB said the role will have complete ownership of the Group IT strategy and its alignment with the objectives and results of JCB. “The main purpose of the role is to contribute to JCB’s overall business planning, setting corporate policies, improving business processes, and identifying operational and commercial opportunities to use technology to drive profitable revenue growth.”

JCB said they are seeking a CIO with “gravitas, passion and the ability to drive a high-profile and complex agendas”. SAP ERP skills are seen as crucial to the applicant. “We require you to have delivered at least two large-scale ERP projects across business divisions (ideally SAP), and to have a deep insight into how technology and digital transformation affect the manufacturing industry and customer relationships.”

The search is being jointly carried out by Rej Abraham at ABPM and Matt Byrne at Blues Point.

Hughes joined JCB in March 2016 following the move of CIO Tim Coles to Premier Farnell, the electronics firm best known for making the Raspberry PI. Coles was JCB CIO from 2005 to 2016, joining from VW.

Hughes is remaining within the UK’s specialist engineering industry, joining Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace as CIDO.

JCB employs 14,000 people on four continents and sell their products in 150 countries through 2,000 dealer depot locations. JCB manufacture a range of over 300 machines and remains a family-owned company.

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