Biotechnology firm Genus provides products to the farming and food production industries that focus on beef and pork outputs, including milk. Genus sells its products in 70 countries and has operations in 30. The company heritage is from the Milk Marketing Board.

IT Leader: Keith Hopkinson, CIO

In role since: Two and a half years

Reporting line: CFO

Board level seat: No

IT budget:  £7m, 1.9 per cent of turnover

Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks:  90 per cent

IT staff currently employed: 30 internal plus outsourced functions

IT management team and reporting structure: I have direct reports with a dotted line to myself and solid line into the business. That sets the tone for the IT function as a whole.

Primary technology platforms at the organisation: ERP

Primary main technology suppliers: Oracle, IBM, Microsoft

Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: We will work with the business to create business advantage through innovation. We will maintain close relationships with all levels of business management and users. We will identify user requirements and deliver appropriate and agreed levels of service, at the least possible cost.

Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Mobile IT, unified communications.

Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation:  Technology will be interwoven into all business developments moving forward.