Added Apr 27, 2022 Director of IT (23479) Kansas, Kansas | Permanent Apply

Job Description

LRS Consulting Services is seeking an Director of IT for an exciting Direct Hire opportunity with a client of ours in Kansas City! LRS Consulting Services has been delivering IT excellence for over three decades. Our reputation for quality, flexibility and strong relationships with our clients keeps them turning to us to meet their IT consulting needs. Our contacts combined with your technical expertise equals career possibilities for you. So let’s get to work!

Our Client is seeking a Director of IT for their Merchandising System and Portals to provide leadership and oversight for strategic, business transforming projects in IT service and drive support and stability. This role will be responsible for prioritizing the needs for and serves the customers in Merchandising Systems and Portals used by Retailers and Vendor Partners.

The Director provides strategic and operational leadership to deliver optimized services and support for assigned IT functions, including:
- Merchandising systems to optimize assortments, and plan/ measure category performance
- Retailer facing portal that provides operational information to execute at the retail level
- Vendor facing portal that integrates/automates category business planning and trade funds processes
- Transformation to future state supply chain management systems that optimize item and vendor management, buying, integration to warehouse management order fulfillment and retail execution and visibility

You will be responsible for:
- Leading teams that manage large portfolio projects and services including the implementation of new and ongoing maintenance and enhancement of software and solutions
- Overall growth of and development of 20-40 IT professionals and enhancing departmental leadership capability and talent pipeline
- Building the core team that supports merchandising transformation, driven by process architecture, design first mindset supported by package technology selection and integration expertise
- Developing and Driving Strategy
- Delivering Reliable Solutions and Technology
- Operational Support and Service Management
- Financial and Performance Management

Requirements For this Role:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and/or equivalent technical expertise or experience is required
- Minimum of 5 years management experience, including business relationship management and vendor/contract management
- Retail, wholesale or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry experience, including merchandising systems and process expertise with a clear understanding of the general processes used to support product assortment optimization, shelf placement/planogramming, pricing and promotional strategy, vendor negotiation/trade funds optimization and buying and inventory management
- Business process architecture / design lead solution selection and implementation, including building a team of business/process analyst skills that can facilitate design sessions and produce swimlane workflows
- Professional services or management consulting experience preferred, with 10 years of proven progressive performance in IT, with strong Service Management and Solution Delivery foundation
- Solution selection and implementation for large scale, complex environments; proven solution delivery/service experience for SaaS solution integration using Agile and ITIL methodologies
- Iterative solution delivery (agile) experience to drive accountability and delivery
- Experience with retail ordering, POS and CRM systems and retail operations is preferred
- Portal Implementation and or support experience
- Large ERP implementation and/or Azure/AWS/cloud or managed services experience highly preferred
- Ability to travel up to 5% of the time to support company needs and/or vendor relations
- Coaching & Development / Building Organizational Talent
- Establishing Strategic Direction (balance strategic and pragmatic, manage ambiguity)
- Business Process Design and Facilitation Skills
- Planning & Organizing / Driving for Results
- Customer Orientation
- Process Improvement Mindset / Critical Thinking

LRS is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for employment will receive consideration without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status or protected veteran status.