Magazine giant Bauer Media is looking for a “strong influencer” to become its Australian CIO following the looming departure of technology boss Stephen Haddad.
The local arm of the global publisher produces titles like Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day, Elle, and a range of home and lifestyle magazines.
It employs roughly 1500 people in Australia and is understood to operate an IT and project management division numbering about 85.
Haddad, who has been in the CIO role for about a year and with Bauer for four years, will guide the publisher through the recruitment and handover process before finishing up in mid-October.
He has accepted a role as head of digital and technology at another, as yet unannounced, media company.
“My time at Bauer has been an absolute pleasure, working with some great and dedicated people in a challenging media landscape," he told iTnews.
“The team has achieved some great successes and we have put in place a solid technical foundation for the business to continue its transformation."
The publisher is offering a “competitive remuneration package” to potential replacements in an effort to lure experienced executives with a background in media or “a similar complex and fast paced industry”.
The new CIO will “lead our large IT division and transform the Bauer application landscape,” the job ad states.
“As chief information officer, you'll enjoy full accountability for our business' information technology and systems". The remit will include management of Bauer's onshore and offshore IT vendors. Bauer recently transformed its back-end infrastructure with a move to the AWS public cloud.
The successful candidate will answer into CFO Andrew Stedwell, and will hold a seat on the executive leadership team.