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converse technology director

Hilversum, Netherlands Date posted 11/20/2018 Schedule Full-time
At Converse we strive to inspire the daring spirit of youth. We believe this is possible by investing in the right talent, focusing on the consumer and building a strong leadership bench.

As the Western Europe (WE) Director for Converse Technology, your responsibilities will be largely focused on the following:

Converse WE Business 
  • Provide Technology solutions and strategic partnership to enable all business Functions end to end to enable Converse’s growth as a digital brand.
  • Provide Technology thought leadership to Business to enable the WE geo (Digitization, Data & Analytics, automation, innovation, etc) 
  •  Ensure seamless day to day support in place to enable the Business to meet goals
  • Deploy and leverage Global investments and solutions – Create the Future of Converse 
  • Enable WE specific systematic needs (projects, enhancements) to address geo specific challenges and opportunities – i.e. GDPR, Brexit, etc
Converse Global Technology
  • Partner and align on Technology strategy/vision, projects, and support
  • Provide the WE voice into Global PI Planning, Portfolio priorities, and Future technology needs
  • Leverage resources to support WE specific needs – enhancements, projects, service Management, Security, etc.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to incubate locally, deploy Globally
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  • Leverage support for day to day operations (i.e. Tech Ops)
  • Align on respective strategies and leverage accordingly
  • Leverage efforts within the Geo (i.e. Automation)
  • Align on Geo impacted efforts (i.e. GDPR, Brexit)
  • Leverage local resources accordingly (i.e. SAP, BI)
This role will report to the Converse Global Technology Senior Director and will manage a direct team of 3-4 team members.

Specific key responsibilities for this role are:
  • Provide subject matter expertise, industry knowledge and team leadership for Technology function. 
  • Drive WE Technology strategies and execution across all capabilities and ensure alignment to Converse Global Tech
  • Drive a balanced approach to near-team goals (Win Now) while relentlessly focusing on longer term strategies (Creating the Future). 
  • Engage WE business stakeholders and partners to influence and drive best practices and innovative improvements to platforms, systems and processes.
  • Effectively manage priorities across multiple products, technical teams, and business stakeholders. Leverage strong meeting and workshop facilitation skills, and conflict resolution.
  • Provide strong communication rigor to all functions.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field required; Master’s degree a plus
  • Minimum of 10+ years’ work experience in a technology related field
  • Leadership, and people management skills. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. Must be able to interact effectively across functions and cultures. 
  • Ability to influence unpopular decisions while maintaining strong working relationships. 
  • Ability to critically analyze information & systems, creative problem solving skills & strategically plan complex organizational & functional interactions. Ability to manage multiple and changing processes and priorities.
  • Coordinate multiple and conflicting demands. Ability to meet deadlines. Organized and detail-oriented. Ability to work with ambiguity and try new solutions to existing or new problems. 
  • Must have the ability to understand, design, & coordinate the implementation of new processes and systems.

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