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VP of IT Corporate Functions

Lexington, MA 
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VP, Corporate Functions, IT, Mergers and Aquisitions, Shared Services, M&A 
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The Robinson Group has been retained to find a key new person for a global client that is consistently voted one of the best places to work locally.

The company is well respected, provides exceptional total compensation and career growth.

Please send your resume confidentially to joliver@robinsongroup.com

  • The scope of Corporate Functions includes Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Communications & Public Affairs, Procurement, Investor Relations, Corporate Development, and Compliance & Risk Management.  Prior experience with Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Serves as the focal point for global Corporate Function business executive leadership heads (ie: CHRO, CFO, CGC, CC&RO, CCO), partnering to both understand and anticipate strategic, market and/or operational needs, and to translate those needs into effective and/or improved processes and/or technical solutions by coordinating resources from within Corporate Functions IT and/or across the IT organization.
  • Maximizes the business value of global and local initiatives, ensuring effective alignment of IT investment with global Corporate Functions business requirements.
  • Fosters a high-performing and innovative global Corporate Functions IT organization within IT, partnering with its users on a global basis.
  • Demonstrates proven competencies in transforming, building, and growing a strong IT business consulting and delivery service organization that achieves efficient operations and provides the highest business value through effective management of global Corporate Functions IT resources (people, financial resources, services). This includes both demand and supply management (including the application lifecycle management of IT applications for global Corporate Functions) and participation in the annual financial planning processes.
  • Ensures projects and systems are developed and operated in accordance with company's Compliance and Security guidelines.
  • Demonstrates superior influential leadership capabilities to manage effectively across independent but integrated functions; a proven ability to build and lead a productive, collaborative IT organization (e.g. motivate people and promote focus, innovation, operational excellence, and growth) with a high performing and aligned culture. This includes hiring, retaining, and developing talent to deliver value across Global Corporate Functions IT through aligned systems and services.
  • Reports directly to the CIO (operational), and functionally (matrixed business alignment) to the Heads of previously listed Corporate Business Function.
  • Actively participates through full or extended membership in appropriate Corporate business functions leadership teams, steering committees & forums related to all technology based solutions across all business functions outlined in the summary scope of coverage.
  • Leads the development and owns the M&A IT playbook, drives IT due diligence assessments, and establishes x-IT operational integration planning and execution.
Role Dimensions:
  • Provides executive IT/Business partnership: - Supports 8 corporate business functions accounting for approximately 1000 power user and 5000 end user base
  • Manages an annual IT investment portfolio of approximately $10-15M and personnel budget of approximately $3-5M
  • Manages a team of approximately 15 FTE IT staff, 10-15 indirect contract and MSP staff, and 10-15 indirect matrix managed IT resources outside of Corporate Functions.  Manages a diverse solution portfolio and related platforms including SaaS based and COTS technologies spanning SAP ERP, Hyperion ERP, WorkDay, Kinexa, Tymetrics, ADP, Sharepoint, BoardBooks, SAI, .Net, Business Intelligence, SciQuest
Responsibilities :
Effective alignment of IT investments with business priorities
  • Develops and drives the global Corporate Functions IT Strategy, contributing to the business strategy and influencing/persuading alignment and adoption.
  • Leads the Corporate Functions IT planning process, ensuring sound business cases and analyzing key business initiatives and informational needs that support, improve and/or transform business operations, processes and strategy.
  • Sponsors and oversee Corporate Functions IT portfolio/programs and their delivery in accordance with established goals, time scales and costs in compliance with
  • company's methodologies
  • Manages the Corporate Functions IT project and department cost centers/budgets.
Develop an environment that fosters a high-performance and innovative IT organization:
  • Ensures continuity in IT leadership and development through effective succession planning
  • Manage and coach staff in both business functional and core IT related competencies as well as managed services with external partners.
  • Ensures continuous training needs identified for succession and career development of staff
  • Collaborates across IT and with business management to leverage opportunities of job enrichment and development opportunities for staff
Achieves the most efficient operations:
  • Develops and delivers support in accordance with Service Level Agreements based on business requirements.
  • Work closely with business partners and managed service providers in understanding and responding to both long-term and short-term Corporate Functions business goals and strategy.
  • Challenges Corporate Functions business partners and pushes back when necessary to ensure IT solutions address business needs in a cost effective manner.
  • Collaborates and negotiates with external partners to support system operations development / integration, ensuring reliability, competence, flexibility and cost effectiveness.
  • Oversees Demand Management (business relationship management and analysis) Supply Management teams (application solution and service delivery) across geographies by providing clear role definitions, objectives and feedback mechanisms for all staff.
Achieve a fully Compliant Environment:
  • Ensures all Systems are delivered and maintained in compliance with SDLC methodology and applicable validation requirements.
  • Ensures all Systems are operated in compliance with Security Guidelines
  • Ensures all key Systems have SLAs with the customers
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree in information technology, engineering, computer science, and/or business administration. Advanced degree in business or technology such as an MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 20 years experience managing and/or directing technology projects, including technology operations and the management and delivery of business technology solutions as well as demonstrated M&A operational integration experience.
  • Minimum 5 years experience working with life science companies.
  • Minimum 10 years' cumulative experience working in a senior consultant or IT client partnership roles associated with at least 2-3 corporate functions listed in the scope of business partnership
James Oliver
The Robinson Group
3400 West Chester Pike
Ste 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: (610) 353-4747
Fax: 610228.8205