What does a CTO do?

Not always an easy question to answer because it’s a leadership role with many variables, business goals, corporate strategy, team members, technical vision, enterprise systems and related tasks.

You’ll also find it difficult to find a common CTO job description, particularly with a tech startup where the company and role iterate rapidly.

But there are some consistencies and without doubt a primary responsibility is delivering a technical strategy that is aligned to wider business goals.

The good news is that in the modern business world where most sized companies are now tech companies and increasingly digitalized which means the effective CTO of 2020 is in high demand.

There is also often a point of difference between the role of a Chief Technology Officer and that of a Chief Information Officer.

The CIO is generally tasked with internal business operation processes and technological infrastructure, whilst the CTO is more likely to be the public face of the tech department and driving the tech strategy.


Key Responsibilities of the CTO

  • Tech Strategy and Strategic thinking
  • Advising on technology trends
  • Building and managing development teams
  • Providing technical leadership (whilst delegating the coding)
  • Operational management
  • Customer relations, often acting as a middleman while delivering technical services to the target market
  • Representing the tech team in the C-suite
  • Working closely with the marketing and sales teams, while being in direct communication with the CEO
  • Understanding the technological leads to drive company growth

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