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Working As A Senior Solutions Manager

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $132,640

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Solutions Manager 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 Solutions Manager

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
Solutions Manager 3.0 years
Solutions Director 2.7 years
Engagement Manager 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 5.3%
Director 2.5%
Top Employers After
Director 6.7%
Consultant 5.3%
Principal 3.8%

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Senior Solutions Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

29.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Asian

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.8%

Portuguese

13.0%

German

8.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

Finnish

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Turkish

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

French

4.3%

Persian

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%
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Senior Solutions Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

New York University

7.7%

George Washington University

6.6%

Washington State University

5.5%

University of Southern California

5.5%

University of Washington

5.5%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Southern Methodist University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

University of Dallas

4.4%

Baker University

3.3%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.3%

Stanford University

3.3%

Boston University

3.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.3%

Radford University

3.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

36.3%

Marketing

8.0%

Computer Science

7.7%

Finance

7.1%

Management

5.6%

Project Management

5.3%

Communication

4.1%

Information Technology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Education

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Physics

1.5%

English

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

42.8%

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Senior Solutions Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Solutions Senior Manager Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Jan 02, 2014 $180,000
Senior Solution Sales Manager Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $175,000
Senior SAP Solutions Delivery Manager Intrigo Systems Incorporated Irving, TX Jun 02, 2015 $161,782 -
$175,000
Senior Solutions Manager Philips Electronics North America Corporation Takoma Park, MD Mar 02, 2015 $160,000
Senior Solution Manager Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Redmond, WA Aug 22, 2016 $159,551
Senior Solutions Product Manager Lenovo (United States) Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 16, 2016 $156,000 -
$176,000
Senior Manager Technical Solutions Sharethrough, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $150,000
Senior Solution Technical Manager Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 14, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Senior Solutions Manager, Marketing Systems MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2016 $149,796 -
$162,200
Senior Manager, GIT Business Solutions Movado Group Inc. Paramus, NJ Dec 01, 2014 $149,000
Senior Manager, Solution Architecture Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA Jun 20, 2016 $146,350
Senior Manager, Solution Architecture Inspirage LLC Houston, TX May 07, 2016 $146,350
Senior Manager, Solution Architecture Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA May 13, 2015 $146,000
Senior Manager, Solution Architecture Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA Mar 13, 2015 $146,000
Senior Manager, Solution Architecture Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA Jul 31, 2015 $138,250
Senior Solution Manager-Marketing, Products and Services IT or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 02, 2016 $136,300 -
$156,300
Senior Solution Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 02, 2015 $136,300
Enterprise/Sap Solution Senior Manager Pepsico, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 20, 2014 $135,200
Senior Manager, Patient Care Solutions CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Sep 15, 2013 $135,000
Senior Manager-Business Technology Solutions Valassis Communications, Inc. Livonia, MI May 29, 2016 $134,576 -
$153,500
Senior Manager Supply Chain Solution Design/Archit Avon Products, Inc. Rye, NY Sep 25, 2014 $132,600
Senior Solution Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 15, 2013 $132,159
Senior Solutions Manager Callidus Software Inc. Dublin, CA Oct 27, 2015 $123,510 -
$135,000
Senior Solution Manager Valud Consulting LLC Addison, TX Jul 01, 2015 $120,000
SR. Manager, Analytics Solutions (IT Project Manager) Nuevora San Ramon, CA Jan 02, 2016 $120,000
Senior Science Solution Manager Infor (Us) Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 06, 2016 $120,000
SR. Manager, Analytical Chemical Solutions Light Polymers, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Apr 28, 2015 $120,000
Senior Manager, Advanced CPS Solutions The Nielsen Company (Us), LLC Pleasanton, CA Jan 15, 2015 $119,500
Senior Manager, Advanced CPS Solutions The Nielsen Company (Us), LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2015 $119,500
Senior Solution Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 23, 2013 $119,340

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  1. Delivery
  2. New Product Development
  3. Project Management
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  • Led multiple cross-functional project teams to ensure delivery of complex initiatives or operational process improvements across multiple customer segments.
  • Worked with Sales division on new product development and client acquisition.
  • Utilize Visual Studio Team Foundation Server for project management of enhancements and priority.
  • Negotiated technical and non-technical solutions that meet business needs and conform to established technical architectures.
  • Participated and contributed in weekly process improvement management meetings.

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