It's time crystal-ball gazing, and in the career field, there seems to be some exciting roles to play, according to global executive search firm CTPartners which has just issued a list of the hottest jobs for the technology, media and telecommunications industries in Asia for 2014.
CTPartners said several key factors will drive senior executive hiring in 2014. Big Data will only grow bigger, as organisations race to collect and monetise information to gain competitive advantage. Tied to Big Data, the adoption of cloud services also continues on a large scale, enabling access to data, changing how we interact with mobile devices and offering anytime, anywhere access to content. Cybersecurity remains a top priority in the wake of several scandals in the region.
Kathryn Yap, managing partner at CTPartners in Singapore said: "As 2014 continues to pose some ambiguity in the Asian markets, it is hard to predict if the TMT sector is going to have as strong a year in recruitment as what we witnessed five to ten years ago."
So which senior jobs will be in demand next year? Here are eight senior Asia Pacific tech roles that will be in high demand in 2014, particularly in Singapore and China:
1. Chief Digital Officer, Head of eCommerce/Omni-Channel
Big data will be driving the digital transformation of the business organisation. And leading the drive will be someone with the right skills to guide his or her organisation towards achieving agility and information transparency. According to CTPartners, in retail, the omni-channel movement allowing consumers to have a seamless shopping experience across all channels is now the status quo and creating a true customer-centric approach means winning the game. The "consumerisation of B2B" requires the creation of a digital experience that matches what customers experience in the real world.
2. Chief Risk Officer/Cybersecurity/Information Security Officer
Protecting an organisation's digital assets has never been more important or more difficult, said Yap, and the ability of a company to assure its customers their data is secure is a top-three corporate priority. Despite the progress they are making, too many organisations are still placing more emphasis on what is in front of them and what they know and not nearly enough on what may be just around the corner or appearing on the horizon. Hence, this job calls for knowledge and experience in cybersecurity.
3. Chief Marketing Officer
The CMO role is rapidly evolving, and CMOs across all market sectors increasingly need the ability to use analytics to drive revenue and growth, to forge their influence and significance to the organisation, said Yap. In demand are customer centric and digitally savvy marketing leaders capable of developing new business models and creating and implementing strategic marketing programs that span multiple platforms, improving customer engagement in a more personalised and cheaper way.
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