IT Office of the CIO Lead – Elida Beauty

Posted: 9 Oct 2021
Location: Milton Keynes, London, United Kingdom
Closes: 8 Nov 2021
Reference: GLA_R-24086

IT Office of the CIO Lead – Elida Beauty

Work Location – London, UK

Job Type – Full Time

Travel – 10-15%

Who we are … we are Elida Beauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty business within Unilever. We are re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around.

Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers, customers and suppliers we are able to unleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start. We ‘Re -Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’. Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

Your Role & Key Responsibilities

As the Strategy, Governance and Architecture Lead, you will be responsible for setting the strategy on the technology landscape required to support the business in conjunction with the CIO. This will initially include selecting the technology stack that will be provided for the business and working with the CIO and IT peers to engage the necessary vendors. The role will be responsible for on-going governance around the technology to ensure the company keeps to the agreed technology providers and manages new requests/demand that will result from the business. In addition, the role is responsible for identifying future technology options that may advance the business and in conjunction with the CIO and the business develop an IT strategy and roadmap.

Your Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Support the CIO in agreeing the application stack with the business for the end state IT Landscape in line with growing the business and managing IT costs at 1.0% of turnover.
  • Support the Vendor/s selection process to both implement and manage the applications in steady state.
  • Align with the Vendor/Business/IT Infrastructure Team the service levels required to support the application stack.
  • Recruit and develop the team to ensure appropriate SME coverage and interface with core business functions.
  • Annual downtime calendar to be produced in alignment with IT and business to both ensure uptime of applications as well as on-going business continuity.
  • Working with the CIO/IT Leadership to support the implementation of the technology via the relevant vendor/s including selection, scope of service provision and on-going reviews.
  • Setting up and managing a governance framework to ensure the technology scope of the business is maintained, assessing future technology that could benefit the business, responding to new business demand from the markets and how this would fit into the technology landscape.
  • Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance, and scalability.
  • Supports monitoring of the external environment and assessment of emerging technologies to evaluate the potential impacts, threats, and opportunities to the organization.
  • Develop a rolling roadmap representing the technology landscape and how it will develop over this time and align the plan to future business priorities.
  • Understand organization’s business processes, systems, tools, regulations, and structure and how they interrelate to provide products and services that create value for customers and consumers.
  • Oversee the design process for application software as well as continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Sets direction for database designers and other application development providers on the details of data structures and associated components relevant to the business.
  • Produce documents relating to application architecture, design steps, integration processes and testing procedures relating to each product developed.
  • Oversee the provision of technical support and training to the markets and actively maintain knowledge within specialist fields.

Talent catalyst:

  • Responsible for growing and nurturing talent including succession planning ensuring organization is fit to win short and long term .
  • Key representative of Elida Beauty Limited within organization as well as externally across various key stakeholders and organizational bodies.

Key interfaces:

  • Reports to the CIO
  • Will manage a team of 5 or more analysts and 1 or more managers
  • Global responsibility
  • Key Stakeholders: Vendors, markets and relevant functional levels in managing the IT architecture strategy.

Requirements :

  • Degree in business administration or a technology-related field, or equivalent work- or education-related experience.
  • Experience in a role of leading an architecture team with proven track record of delivery
  • Clear experience of managing large scale IT Transformation.
  • Articulate and good communicator with the ability to communicate technical issues in an easy to understand way.
  • Strong knowledge of architecture methodologies, principles, and frameworks.
  • Practical experience translating business strategy into technology roadmaps.
  • Strong understanding of the external technology market.
  • Results oriented with the ability to maintain focus on objectives in a multi-task demanding environment.
  • Good problem solving and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of the team.
  • Clear experience of managing IT Transformation.
  • Proven track record of leading and developing IT teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate security and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Proven track record and experience in leading an architecture team, as well as successfully executing programs that meet the objectives of excellence in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams to achieve tactical and strategic goals.
  • A degree in business administration or a technology-related field would be an advantage, or equivalent work- or education-related experience.
  • Experience in managing vendors essential to drive efficiencies in service/cost.
  • Strong knowledge of architecture methodologies, principles, and frameworks.
  • Practical experience translating business strategy into technology roadmaps.
  • Strong understanding of the external technology market.
  • Results oriented with the ability to maintain focus on objectives in a multi-task demanding environment.
  • Good problem solving and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of the team.

Require d Skills :

  • Language requirement: English
  • Accountability & Responsibility
  • Growth Mindset
  • Consumer and Customer Focus
  • Bias for Action
  • Building Talent & Teams

Who we are looking for:

  • Displays a thirst for knowledge enabling personal growth and personal development.
  • Personal drive, with a track record of working to tight timelines in a challenging environment.
  • Passionate people focused individual, valuing diversity and different cultures.
  • Understands the importance of diverse cultures and values different views and perspectives.
  • Understands the importance and objectives of the organisation .
  • Appreciation of the challenges faced with a new business, with the mindset required for successful outcome.
  • Recognises the importance of a well-defined clear business strategy.
  • Excellent leadership qualities, encouraging ownership, assertiveness and openly challenging to get the best from teams and partners.
  • Having a good accountability/responsibility, growth mindset and bias for action. Consumer and Customer focused. Always building talent and teams.

Join us…

To ensure that your personal creativity helps to unlock our potential, we will upskill and reskill you. We will develop leading-edge digital marketing skills and best-in-class teamworking capabilities.

Most importantly, we will give you the autonomy to use them like a ‘founder’. We will help you to think like a CEO so that we all focus on delivering our Purpose and so you drive growth as you develop. Imagine how good we will feel when we see that our creativity reignites growth in the business because consumers embrace our new ideas.

Better for our consumers, better for the world and better for each of us

The way we manufacture, package and distribute our products will be better for everyone and for the planet. We will bring a new meaning to diversity and inclusion by providing access to beauty products that suit every kind of skin and hair.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

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