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European IT Director


Euro London Appointment's leading global retail client has a great opportunity for a European IT Director to be based at our Head Office, in Berkshire, UK. Responsible for our client's 'Centres of Excellence' for Servers & Networks, POS and AS400.

You will work closely alongside our Local IT Managers and FDs for Europe and occasionally have hands-on team leadership responsibility.

The position is strongly focused on the Management aspect of the position (rather than project management ) so strong experience in leading , mentoring and guiding multicultural local and off-shore teams is essential. You will also work closely with the Centres of Excellence Managers who ensure best practice in different business areas so developed abilities in mentoring are key to the position.

In addition to the management of our client's Centres of Excellence, this role will also have responsibility for:

*Coordination of global and European IT projects.
*Identifying and understanding business benefits by implementation of new processes and systems, triggering initiatives to adopt and roll out to other countries.
*Ensuring that any required business process modification is shared across Europe during implementation of new global IT projects.
*Improving IT efficiency and collaboration.
*Reviewing emerging technological trends and facilitating the potential adoption of those trends to create competitive business opportunities.
*Continually reviewing IT direction related to hardware selection, networks, application selection, application integration and tools.
*Ensuring team knowledge is leveraged to all European countries.
*Improving European IT and cross functional information exchange and collaboration.
*Defining and agreeing on European business and IT requirements.
*Holding regular sessions with key stakeholders within the business and to understand long and short term technology needs and identifying opportunities for improvement.
*Supporting and championing technological and business ideas and changes to the global IT platform.
*Working with our client's Global IT team to improve involvement and performance of European countries within global IT projects.
*Supporting the local and European Centres of Excellence by recruiting, training, coaching employees, communicating expectations and appraising performance.

In order to be considered for the role, you must have extensive experience of driving a European IT function within a multinational, large scale, retail environment.

You must be innovative, forward thinking and consistently strive to identify and implement new processes and systems. You must have experience in defining and measuring key performance indicators to identify improvement opportunities within your team and implement initiatives to tackle these opportunities.

You will be a strong relationship builder, who is capable of influencing and collaborating with individuals across a pan-European matrix.
You will be an effective communicator, with the ability to drive and motivate teams across Europe to deliver results with a strong team spirit.

In return our client can offer a stimulating, challenging and rewarding opportunity to join a truly international leader in the retail sector with a strong focus on quality improvement, new processes initiation and ensuring that the IT function has the right resources to meet the requirements of the business in a fast-paced environment.