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Technical Manager

Position Overview

Technical managers support the technology systems used in an organization. With the help of their team, they run the networks in place and ensure proper security measures are taken. This role is often dynamic and requires efficiency in order for success. As technical problems arise within the organization, they are called on to come up with a solution. This involves working with many different departments and their corresponding managers. They need to develop budgets for different projects, create timelines for implementation, and work to attain the proper resources to solve technical issues. In essence, technical managers are there to guide technology development that aligns with company goals. Therefore, they need to be knowledgeable regarding technical concepts; however, they also must possess good management skills. Technical managers are an important part of any company as they ensure employees computer operating systems and networks function properly. When there are information technology problems, a company cannot function effectively. Due to their importance, they often have tight deadlines to work with and long hours. They may need to work with both employees at the office and those that work remotely.

Technical Manager Duties

  • Troubleshoot and problem solve information technology issues in the organization
  • Lead technical team, ensuring proper polices and procedures are followed
  • Develop project proposals and the feasibility of the project
  • Develop budgets for new projects
  • Brainstorm and implement new technology or upgrades that will improve business practices
  • Train others on technology
  • Ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • Resource management
  • Create presentations to update team or senior management on status of different projects
  • Develop monthly reports

Typical Employers

  • Information technology companies
  • Electronic manufacturers
  • Software companies
  • Automotive industry
  • Media companies
  • Agriculture equipment companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Universities and Colleges

Required Education and Training

Technical mangers should have a bachelor's degree in information systems or computer technology; candidates who have a master's degree will be preferred. They should also have hands-on experience with computer systems, database management, and different networks. Additionally, since this is a management position, candidates should be able to display their ability to lead others. Experience in a previous management role would be beneficial.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Expert in technology systems
  • Good leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Good at problem solving
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Takes imitative
  • Good at motivating others
  • Highly organised
  • Respects confidentiality and integrity

Average Salary

  • A starting salary for a technical manager is £32,500
  • After several years of experience, technical managers can make upwards of £53,000
  • The average technical manager salary is £43,000