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Working As A Senior Manager-Systems

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $143,116

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager-Systems Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Senior Manager-Systems

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Systems Director 4.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Manager-Systems
Manager 8.2%
Consultant 7.2%
Top Careers After Senior Manager-Systems
Consultant 6.6%
Director 5.6%
Manager 3.3%

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Senior Manager-Systems Demographics

Gender

Male

79.5%

Female

18.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Chinese

7.5%

German

7.5%

Carrier

7.5%

Portuguese

5.0%

French

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Bulgarian

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Cheyenne

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Tongan

2.5%

Irish

2.5%
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Senior Manager-Systems Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

George Washington University

4.7%

New York University

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

Northwestern University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Cornell University

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

University of Denver

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.1%

Computer Science

16.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.4%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Management

5.3%

Information Technology

4.5%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Project Management

3.7%

Accounting

3.3%

Finance

2.9%

Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.4%

Economics

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Engineering

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

34.3%

Other

11.4%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Manager-Systems Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, IT Systems & Services (Radiation Oncology) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Dec 21, 2016 $214,406 -
$249,683
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 06, 2015 $190,000 -
$220,000
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Senior Manager, Vehicle Safety Systems Faraday&Future Inc. Gardena, CA Dec 28, 2015 $180,000
SR. Manager, Order Management Systems (OMS) GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Apr 21, 2015 $174,429
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Aug 10, 2015 $169,400
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Sep 02, 2015 $169,400
Senior Manager Communication Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Aug 01, 2013 $168,788
Senior Manager, System Integration Beats Electronics LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 01, 2013 $167,000
Senior Manager Content Management Systems, CDT NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Mar 21, 2016 $166,000
SR. Manager, Information Systems Stellus Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2016 $165,000
Senior Manager, Information Systems Allscripts Healthcare, LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 22, 2014 $165,000
Senior Manager, Information Systems Integrated Device Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2014 $164,819
SR. Manager, Order Management System (OMS) GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Aug 19, 2013 $164,800
Senior Manager Information Systems Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Nov 17, 2014 $150,000
Senior Manager, Tech, Systems Integration, Systems Development Deloitte Consulting LLP Chicago, IL Sep 06, 2016 $150,000 -
$236,000
Senior Manager, Information Systems Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Feb 16, 2014 $149,961
SR. MGR Information Systems Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Mar 01, 2013 $147,137
SR. Manager, FCS Process & Systems Integration Invesco Group Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 27, 2015 $145,000
Senior Manager, Master Data Management Systems Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Dec 12, 2016 $143,853
Senior Manager Information System Security CSRA, LLC Chantilly, VA Jan 06, 2016 $142,822
SR MGR Information Systems Amgen Inc. Boulder, CO Oct 07, 2014 $142,678
SR. Manager Corporate Systems Ann Taylor, Inc. Milford, CT Dec 29, 2016 $131,726 -
$160,000
Director, Corporate Systems F/K/A SR. Manager, COR Burger King Corporation Miami, FL Oct 02, 2013 $130,000
Senior Manager, Systems Reliability Aliphcom Sunnyvale, CA Jan 22, 2013 $130,000
SR. Manager, Closure Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 14, 2016 $129,438
Senior Staff/Manager, Software/Systems Test Engine Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 17, 2013 $127,442 -
$175,800
Senior Manager, Information Systems Inovalon, Inc. Bowie, MD Aug 25, 2015 $127,005 -
$137,005
Senior Manager, Quality Systems G&W Laboratories, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Aug 28, 2015 $126,672
Senior Manager, Systems Blackhawk Network, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 15, 2014 $125,909

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Top Skills for A Senior Manager-Systems

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  • Led development and implementation of security infrastructure for client facing FFOS portfolio management workstation and back end data security requirements.
  • Streamlined non-product software validation processes, eliminating more that half of the required documents while maintaining compliance to all applicable regulations.
  • Provide requirements oriented direction to ensure adherence to corporate sector guidelines, policies, procedures and directives.
  • Studied, analyzed and implemented a state-of-the-art computer network to bring the company up-to-date to effectively operate the entire business entity.
  • Supported mergers and acquisitions by integrating key performance indicators in the data warehouse.

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