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Superb project manager specialising in driving strategic change programmes

Mark Thomas Watson, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom


25 - 40 years

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Head of ICT Strategy chief information security officer GLOBAL IT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER IT & IS MANAGER Strategic Head of IT


Strategy and implementation Project and program management Microsoft Office 365 Azure Microsoft azure International management + 12 more

I'm offering

An experienced senior IT executive with excellent negotiation skills and a demonstrable track record of managing successful international change programmes that deliver business value and financial savings. By combining a clear understanding of business drivers and and technical expertise Mark has the ability to influence and secure buy-in from key stakeholders, whilst ensuring that the IT organisation is focused on those activities that best deliver the broader strategic goals of the business.


United Kingdom
United States (Remote only)
Netherlands (Remote only)


Consulting services Security Chemical Oil & Energy Automotive + 2 more



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My experience

2013 - 2018   job
London, UK
Executed strategic information technology projects and lead Information security best practise implementation group-wide to ensure compliance with all regulatory standards.
Headed group's information technology programmes while collaborating with senior management. Administered overall financial matters by establishing budgetary framework, reviewing significant ICT expenditures for all 25 subsidiary companies across 60 global locations, and improving profitability. Controlled services' outsourcing processes for group companies. Conducted training sessions while enabling staff to avoid information security threats.
• Developed a video conferencing system to improve communication quality.
• Directed ICT services' migration project for 1500 employees throughout the group.
• Accomplished strategic business objectives while managing an annual budget of £5.5M.
• Mitigated software costs by £250K in a year by re-negotiating several business contracts.
• Delivered Cyber Essentials Plus certification for all subsidiaries.
Strategi og implementering, Projekt- og programledelse, Microsoft azure, Office 365, Sikkerhed, Budget, Information Security, Ledelse, Compliance, Technology, Outsourcing, Implementation, Regulatory, Framework, Contracts, Processes

2009 - 2013   job
UK & Switzerland
Devised information technology strategies and standardised hardware/software infrastructures across multiple sites while ensuring economies of scale.
Oversaw business operations of four acquired companies in multiple countries. Collaborated with senior executives to establish budgetary plans multi-million pounds on annual basis. Fostered business relations with well-known brands while negotiating global agreements to supply hardware, software, and information technology services. Supervised services' consolidation processes to save organisational costs. Recruited and trained technical experts to deliver excellent service while maximising customer experience.
• Introduced a mobile device management (MDM) solution across the group.
• Utilised a security software valuing £11K to save £5K on yearly basis.
• Acquired landlines and internet connection by spending £70K that minimised costs by £10K.
• Managed a project of EDI solutions' implementation in collaboration with managing director of the automotive division.
• Saved £150K annually by purchasing HP hardware and services costing £800K.
• Attained Microsoft and IBM software licensing while saving £63K and £37.5K in a year.
Customer experience, It infrastructure, Management, Service, Security, Technology, It, Implementation, Infrastructure, Hardware, Software, Internet, EDI, Processes, Manager, Costing

2006 - 2009   job
IT & IS MANAGER unknown.
Responsible for all IT operations within the UK, reporting to the Global IT Infrastructure Manager. With a staff of 6 and an annual budget of £650K, providing support to 400 staff across 3 sites.
• Selected and project managed the installation and global deployment of a lifecycle management system for all client devices. Enabling centralised software asset management, application deployment and remote control for simpler end user support
• Defined and implemented server virtualisation for the UK site
• Responsible for development and improvements to the SAP systems including project managing the addition of the Quality Management module replacing a large number of spreadsheets and custom databases
• Project managed the move of 25 staff and associated systems from the Southampton offices to the Isle of Wight site, integrating their systems and servers into the existing network
• Managing the transfer of previously outsourced services for the group to the UK
Manager, Server, Software, Development, Infrastructure, Support, It, Quality Management, Asset Management, Network, Management, SAP, Budget, Deployment, It infrastructure

My education

University of Southampton
MBA, Business Administration

University of Portsmouth
BSc, Biology

2017 - 2018
Institute of Directors
Certificate, International Company Direction

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