Oct 04, 2020

Vice President, Global IT Merchandise & Logistics Systems

  • clairesinc
  • Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

Job Description

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Vice President, Global IT Merchandise & Logistics Systems

About the Role
The Vice President, Global IT Merchandise & Logistics Systems is responsible for managing the development, integration, implementation and maintenance of all Merchandise and Logistics systems across the global organization. This key role is responsible for software architecture; leading all integrations and application design related to projects and maintenance releases, ensuring that key milestones and project objectives are met. This person will be responsible for designing merchandise and logistics solutions which will support the business globally, are flexible, reliable, scalable, cost-effective, and are fit for the enterprise. They will help sustain a positive, inclusive, and productive culture across the wider IT and business teams.
• Implement cloud-based technologies in support of Claire's strategic plan, which will be integrated with the existing legacy environment.
• Partner with Management and I.T. Business Systems Managers to review project proposals and determine goals, timescales, staffing requirements and resources to accomplish approved project requirements
• Develop project plans and project documentation according to the approved standards and processes for the software development life cycle specifying goals, development timescales, resource requirements, risks and contingency plans
• Work with Business Analysts and Developers to define and document the technical scope and objectives of projects
• Design, develop best practices for system implementation and support
• Identify and schedule project deliverables, milestones and required tasks
• Manage software system projects ensuring timeframes and budgets are met, and managing risks
• Manage quality assurance system testing to ensure a quality product is delivered to the end users for user acceptance testing
• Own relevant application architecture and understand areas of risk such as integration, understand the benefits of application portfolio consolidation globally of systems and process
• Where appropriate, work with suppliers to ensure Claire's standards are adhered to and systems are delivered within the required timescale and to the required technical standard
• Establish and ensure the continued use of standards and procedures for project planning, reporting, communication and documentation
• Manage change within on-going projects, existing systems, technical infrastructure and to the standards and procedures
• Stakeholder management up to Board/C level - concise in approach on status/issue resolution, agile and timely in your approach
• Budget management for your global area

About You
• 7 + years' experience leading in-house technology teams
• Retail experience with specific knowledge of Merchandising and Logistics Systems, especially JDA / Blue Yonder
• Experience with Agile development methodologies
• Experience with data abstraction/integration tools such as Mulesoft
• Extensive experience translating business requirements into technical specifications
• Will be a self-starter with a genuine passion for software implementation
• Proven track record of delivering on key business projects
• Strategic and holistic in your planning, design and delivery of solutions
• Understanding and experience of digital delivery and trends, Cloud Architecture, SaaS implementation, Testing and QA best practices
• Ability to trouble shoot/problem solve issues based on experience and application architecture understanding, mobilize teams in order to understand issues and resolve in a timely manner
• Excellent leadership experience to support your global teams across different time zones, ensuring high levels of motivation and morale to gain results
• Optional: AS400 / RPG understanding, Oracle ERP experience,. Microsoft SQL RDMS experience.
• Broad IT experience to support wider IT colleagues and teams
• Degree in Information Technology, related areas, or relevant experience

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