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Toyota Australia, reborn: auto giant plans post-manufacturing tech-driven future

George Nott | Feb. 10, 2017
With its manufacturing operating ending in October, the company is preparing for a rebirth says CIO Ellis Brover.

While the headcount is being reduced across the company, IT is recruiting. Recruitment is a "tough one". Brover is seeking candidates with both IT and business acumen.

"It's a little paradoxical in an environment where the count overall is shrinking, but it reflects the changing nature of the industry that some areas are shrinking but other areas are growing. As the demand for IT is only growing, we need more people. The right people," he says.

"We're looking less for your traditional operation and coding skills and a lot more for business partnering, architecture, digital, customer service skills - less of your traditional hardcore IT skills."

Before the year is out, Toyota Australia will be a very different company to the one it is today. Technology is driving the transition.

"We're certainly keeping our rich heritage and our culture and what we call The Toyota Way, but because of the extent of change it does feel like we're resetting in many areas and setting them up for the future rather than being constrained by legacy," says Brover. "It's a great time to be in IT."

Source: CIO Australia 


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