Data Processing Manager

Direct and coordinate activities of data processing department.

What does a Data Processing Manager do?

Directs and coordinates development and production activities of data processing department: Consults with management to determine information requirements of management, scientists, or engineers, determine boundaries and priorities of new projects, and discuss system capacity and equipment acquisitions. Confers with department heads involved with proposed projects to ensure cooperation and further define nature of project. Consults with COMPUTER SYSTEMS HARDWARE ANALYST 033.167-010 to define equipment needs. Reviews project feasibility studies. Establishes work standards. Assigns and schedules work, or delegates work to subordinate managers and supervisors, and reviews work. Interprets policies, purposes, and goals of organization to subordinates. Prepares progress reports to inform management of project status and deviation from goals. Contracts with management specialists, technical personnel, or vendors to solve problems. Directs COMPUTER PROCESSING SCHEDULER 221.362-030 to change computer operating schedule to meet department priorities. Reviews reports of computer and peripheral equipment production, malfunctions, and maintenance to ascertain costs and plan department operating changes. Analyzes department workflow and workers’ job duties to recommend reorganization or departmental realignment within company. Participates in decisions concerning staffing and promotions within data processing department. Directs training of subordinates. May prepare proposals and solicit sale of systems analysis, programming, and computer services to outside firms. May assist staff to diagnose and solve computer equipment problems. May participate in technical projects, such as writing equipment specifications or developing computer programs for specified applications.