IT Director BeNelux

Salary undisclosed
Page Executive

The organisation

Pearle Benelux consists of the optical retail formulas Pearle (Netherlands, Belgium), Eye Wish Opticiens (Netherlands) and Grand Optical  (Belgium). With over 750 stores they are the absolute market leader in the field of optical retail. Pearle Benelux is part of GrandVision, a leading worldwide optical retailer with various retail companies and formats in 42 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Part of the IT function will be centralized on a global level. For Pearle Benelux we are looking to recruit a driven IT Director with strong conceptual skills and a strong affinity for Retail. The role will report to the CEO of Pearle Benelux and will also be part of the GrandVision global IT Management team.

The position

  • Plan, direct and lead all IT Technology functions for Pearle Benelux (Applications delivery, Project management &  business process improvement and Infrastructure & services team)
  • As part of the Pearle Benelux Management team contributes to business planning and development of organisational strategic objectives
  • Active part of the GrandVision global IT Management team to communicate and drive technology leadership to the organisation
  • Identify long term local business technology and process needs;
  • Communicate and ensure alignment of the  GrandVision Global IT applications and systems strategy to the Pearle Benelux Business Strategic plan
  • Drive the full, efficient and effective use of technology to support and enhance current business systems and processes to achieve Pearle Benelux's business objectives and long term competitive advantage
  • Responsible for project management, execution and delivery of all strategic projects for Pearle Benelux through a strong commercial  and governance framework
  • Manage annual operating plan and IT operating budget for the department and monitor the implementation of these to ensure financial targets are met locally and are aligned to GrandVision global IT budgets plans
  • Deliver agreed IT Service level provisions to ensure performance and availability levels are aligned to business operational needs. Agree and broker service level provisions with the GrandVision global IT Services team
  • Manage the compliance of local application, data and technology standards to GrandVision Global Enterprise Architecture standards and roadmap in agreed areas
  • Ensure the confidentiality and reliability of corporate data, proprietary information, and intellectual property. Maintain information security policies in compliance with local and GrandVision global audit policies
  • Accountable for managing, mentoring, motivating and career development of the team
  • Contribute to the development of the Global GrandVision IT Strategy, integrating the Pearle Benelux plans into the GV global IT strategic direction and roadmap
  • Responsible for the local management/delivery of role out of one global SAP template

Candidate profile

  • At least five years of general IT experience with at least three years of experience within a Senior IT leadership role
  • Ideally will have worked for a global organisation with experience of managing across multinational boundaries. Retail industry experience is an advantage
  • Strong experience in project delivery/programme management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in several application development methodologies and technologies. SAP experience desirable
  • Retail POS and E-Commerce experience desirable
  • Awareness of (technical) service delivery
  • Ability to design and manage forecasts and budgets
  • Proven people management and people development experience
  • Strong business and commercial acumen
  • Solid stakeholder and relationship building skills at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to deliver ideas and innovation beyond technology
  • Strategic thinker with strong planning and decision making skills
  • Proven communication skills and techniques with the ability to translate complex technologies and concepts into business language
  • Fluency in Dutch and English
  • Ambitious and internationally mobile


Apply by using the link below or for more information, please contact Marinka de Groot on +31 (0) 20 5789444 with the reference number ATMG165585.

This search procedure has been closed (07-05-2014).

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