Is your company in need of a qualified Chief Data Officer?  The digital revolution has led to the need of the Chief Data Officer position in many companies. It’s important to note that the CDO position has changed over the years. This position is now complex as it not only focuses on I.T. but also correlates between business and technology. Knowing how to go about hiring personnel in such a new and yet vital position is critical. The following are important points that will help you in determining how to hire a chief data officer. 

How to Hire a Chief Data Officer

What are the Company’s Needs and Goals?

The first step is defining the company’s needs and goals. Determining the company’s needs will help the business derive roles and responsibilities. There are short-term and long-term goals that enterprises have within the overall vision. Analyzing this information helps with outlining current and future needs, and matching the candidates to the company’s goals and culture. Some of the responsibilities of CDOs include:

  • Managing Company Data
  • Eliminating data silos
  • Creating data automation systems
  • Data analysis
  • Data protection
  • Promotion of data specific objectives

Come up with an Actionable Strategy

After determining the company’s needs and putting together the job description for the position, a strategy needs to be implemented in order to begin the hiring process. One of the main concerns is what channels to use to find qualified people, but the good news is that connections and networks can help with obtaining relevant information.

A company may choose to hire professionals or conduct this process independently. When the company employs on its own, it’s essential to plan well and make actionable strategies. Assessing the job market, current and future trends are vital parts of this process.

Advertising the position is crucial in attracting the right candidates. Therefore, one should come up with criteria that will help in choosing the right candidate for the job. Make sure to include the expected experience, skills and qualifications when advertising the position. Look out for personal qualities in candidates during the hiring process. It helps in matching the potential candidates with regard to the company’s goals and culture.

Hiring an Executive Search Firm

If possible, it is advisable to obtain the help of an executive search firm when hiring C-level executives. Search firms have vast knowledge about the job market and emerging trends.  The specialization that executive search firms have to offer helps in mobilizing time and resources in finding qualified leaders for your company. 

What Sets Your  Company Apart?

Just as your company, there are many other businesses searching for CDOs. It’s essential that companies identify an element that provides them with a competitive edge. Company values, salary, culture, and benefits help with attracting exceptional candidates. Setting high hiring standards along with a great offer will result in an outstanding new leader for your company.


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