Fellowship criteria - SFIA Level 7

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The definitions of responsibility at SFIA Level 7 are:

At the highest organisational level, has authority over all aspects of a significant area of work, including policy formation and application. Is fully accountable for actions taken and decisions made, both by self and others to whom responsibilities have been assigned.

Makes decisions critical to organisational success. Inspires the organisation, and influences developments within the industry at the highest levels. Advances the knowledge and / or exploitation of technology within one or more organisations. Develops long-term strategic relationships with customers, partners, industry leaders and government.

Leads on the formulation and implementation of strategy. Applies the highest level of leadership skills. Has a deep understanding of the industry and the implications of emerging technologies for the wider business environment.

Business skills
Has a full range of strategic management and leadership skills. Understands, explains and presents complex ideas to audiences at all levels in a persuasive and convincing manner. Has a broad and deep business knowledge, including the activities and practices of other organisations. Communicates the potential impact of emerging practices and technologies on organisations and individuals and assesses the risks of using or not using such practices and technologies. Assesses the impact of legislation, and actively promotes compliance. Ensures that the organisation develops and mobilises the full range of required digital skills and capabilities.

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"To me, a fellowship is not a destination but more a recognition of the journey you have taken. On that journey, we look to see how you have advanced your professional career, assisted your peers and given back to the industry. We look at how people regard you and the contribution you make. Fellowship is about influencing others and helping them on their journey. It is about leadership, not just seniority."
Simon Roller FBCS CITP, Fellowship Assessor