The DO’s & DON’TS of hiring a Chief Data Officer

Do:

  • Ask yourself whether ‘Chief Data Officer’ is the right Job Title for the role you are hiring

 

  • Have them report into the CEO or at the very least make sure the CEO is their biggest cheerleader

 

  • Have a strategic vision to create competitive advantage from your data, but also do understand that might not be able to happen immediately

 

  • At interview focus your assessment of potential candidates on Business Impact, Stakeholder Management & Talent Acquisition

 

  • Have a clear and precise vision of what success looks like for the CDO in 12/24 months’ time

 

  • Give the Chief Data Officer freedom and budget to make changes

 

Don’t:

  • Decide to hire a Chief Data Officer just because everyone else is

 

  • Hire a Chief Data Officer because they are the best Technical Specialist – This is a business role

 

  • Think your ideal candidate will already have a Chief Data Officer job title on their CV. (In fact the opposite maybe true)

 

  • Start your recruitment process until you have defined the precise leadership profile and experience the individual will need to be successful

 

  • Make the hire unless you are 100% on where the reporting lines are and where the role will sit in the leadership structure

 

  • Hire a CDO who is not able to demonstrate high levels of strategic vision

 

Learn more about whether Chief Data Officer jobs are here to stay – https://wyatt.partners/2019/is-the-chief-data-officer-job-here-to-stay/