Director Information Technology

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all six continents, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!


Job summary:

The purpose of this role is to lead South Pole’s Information Technology function. In this challenging leadership role, you will develop and continually update a vision for South Pole’s internal business systems strategy in alignment with the South Pole international business strategy. Through your vision and leadership, you will inspire our multifaceted teams (IT infrastructure, DevOps, data, and applications) to deliver strong value to all our internal users. You will bring together technologies, capabilities and outstanding talent to provide systems and solutions that find high user acceptance, and that will enable South Pole to take the next quantum leap in our growth journey. You will be responsible for identifying opportunities for optimisation of our systems and services through constant improvement and innovation while also providing consistent delivery and stable operation of systems.


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead, define, implement, represent and communicate the global Information Technology strategy and closely align with the organisation’s goals and objectives 
  • Define the standard for excellence in business systems management in our organisation 
  • Moderate discussions and partner closely with business leaders and functional heads to understand their strategy and according needs 
  • Make “build-or-buy” recommendations to ensure that all South Pole’s systems constantly respond to the evolving needs of our growing business 
  • Drive innovative ideas, solutions and products through leadership and decisive action 
  • Lead, manage and mentor several global teams focused on IT infrastructure, product managers, developers and programmers 
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance and direction to the teams 
  • Establish goals and KPIs, assess development progress and evaluate results 
  • Build high-performing teams and efficient processes to deliver products that satisfy the needs of internal customers 
  • Applying risk-management processes to the IT department, including identifying, assessing, managing, and reporting IT-specific risks such as privacy, security, and business continuity  
  • Applying the technology infrastructure across the enterprise to help other management to identify, assess, manage, and report their risks 
  • Own and manage the global Information Technology budget and 5 year strategic plans 
  • Work closely with colleagues across the organisation to empower matrixed teams that deliver on our vision for our tools and systems. 

Requirements:

Essential 

  • Post graduate degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology or related field 
  • Minimum of 12-15 years of relevant work and leadership experience in similar or related roles 
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to establish a compelling vision for our Information Technology function that enables South Pole to maximise efficiency and productivity of our global teams in a growing and competitive market environment 
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the specific need for our internal client and translate these into effective systems and solutions
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills to partner effectively with key internal stakeholders in order to jointly design innovative solutions that meet their needs 
  • Proven experience in project managing the successful delivery of an ERP system  
  • Strong quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform decisions
  • Experience managing cross-functional, diverse, remote and global teams of developers, product managers and IT supporters 
  • Experience in comprehensive systems’ innovation and development 
  • Advanced skills and accountability in successfully establishing goals and KPIs, as well as defining and managing resources accordingly (budgets, timelines, people, etc.) 

Desirable  

  • Experience in building, consolidating and growing a global IT function
  • Experience in or passion for environmental issues and understanding of sustainability, CSR and related topics

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people.  We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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Life as a Penguin on the Iceberg

With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    We believe that health is central to happiness. We organise many wellbeing activities such as yoga, meditation sessions, sports groups, healthy snacks, active breaks, etc.

  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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