Computer System Planner

Computer System Planners plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Personal requirements of a Computer System Planner may include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Thinking creatively - developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions

Computer System Planners may complete the following tasks:

  • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems
  • Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity
  • Develop and interpret organisational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Provide users with technical support for computer problems
  • Evaluate the organization's technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades
  • Evaluate data processing proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.
  • Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery
  • Prepare and review operational reports or project progress reports
  • Direct daily operations of department, analysing workflow, establishing priorities, developing standards and setting deadlines
  • Review and approve all systems charts and programs prior to their implementation
  • Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, or participate in staffing decisions
  • Purchase necessary equipment
  • Control operational budget and expenditures
  • Manage backup, security and user help systems

This job usually has a level of skill commensurate with a Degree or Advanced Diploma in IT, and relevant experience is most unlikely to substitute for these formal qualifications. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may also be required in addition to the formal qualification.