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Head of Business Systems Technology

Company: Kantar TNS
Location: Warwick
Posted on: January 9, 2021

Job Description:

We go beyond the obvious, using intelligence, passion and creativity to inspire new thinking and shape the world we live in.To start a career that is out of the ordinary, please apply...Job DetailsReporting into the Global Head of Corporate Solutions, the Business Systems Technology Head will provide overall leadership across our global business solutions aimed at delivering, running and maintaining solutions in the BackOffice business processing systems. This is a Technology Leadership role that will be fundamental in determining end to end solutions to meet business needs through understanding requirements, design, development, delivery and the sustainable support model as well as driving new technologies and efficiency ideas forward.Kantar, backed by Bain Capital, is the world's leading data, insights and consulting company. We understand more about how people think, feel, shop, share, vote and view than anyone else. Combining our expertise in human understanding with advanced technologies, Kantar's 30,000 people help the world's leading organisations succeed and grow.KEY OUTCOMESFirst 3 months:

  • Understand and validate current back office landscape with architecture lay out with focus on Data and Analytics
  • Have reviewed the current blend of purchased, partner-developed and internally-developed solutions and thoroughly understand the role of each solution in the business
  • Work closely with Technology and Business leaders to understand our 2021 plans based on transformation due to sale
  • Create a robust stakeholder map and establish regular meetings with key business and technology leads
  • Have a working understanding of all projects & systems in your responsibility
  • High level set of recommendations as to prioritization 'pain points' and business needs
  • Commence a 'to be' roadmap process and established a timeframe for initial iteration per back office 'focus area'
  • Understanding and recommendation of future support model for current landscape3-12 months
    • Have high level design of Back Office solutions in place with agreement of all stakeholders
    • Make recommendation of approach to current solutions or future solutions (i.e new product selection, approach recommendations)
    • High level roadmap of priorities and critical deadlines of solution delivery, priorities will conflict with 'new needs' and transition 'contractual needs' in transition services agreement (TSA)
    • Commenced focus on key projects (projects to be agreed)
    • Have established yourself as a credible leader whilst ensuring seamless progress for the ongoing projects you will inherit
    • Leading vendor selection process with key applications
    • Likely required to have a new support process in place for current landscapeRESPONSIBILITIES
      • Strategic Direction - Assume responsibility for the future technical direction of back office solutions building end to end solutions and strategic roadmaps to deliver maximum outcomes for the business.
      • Financial Management - Accountability for managing the financial costs of function budget and project costs.
      • Leadership - Ensure all team members are equipped with the support, skills and knowledge to perform to their maximum potential.
      • Business Engagement - Key point of engagement for business solutions with the wider business stakeholders at all levels to understand strategic needs as well as key point requirements where localisation is required
      • Project leadership - Assume overall responsibility for the project leadership of projects in your area of responsibility.
      • Communication - Effectively communicate to both technical and non-technical stakeholders, partners, team and leadership.
      • Transparency - Provide confidence and transparency of system and project health to senior levels of the organisationCAPABILITIES
        • Experience in developing strategy for back office solutions specifically for Finance functions.
        • Track record of building innovative end to end solutions and road maps in a global organization.
        • Proven experience in leading business case creation, vendor selection processes and negotiations working closely with the business lead and procurement
        • Ability to build meaningful relationships with global 3rd party partners to drive strong performance in project and support deliverables
        • Track record of delivering projects within budget, timeline and at the quality level agreed with the stakeholder group.
        • Track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders of all levels both internal and external
        • Track record of managing, mentoring and coaching multicultural teams in a matrixed organization
        • Actively champions best practices, promoting consistency and collaboration across the team.
        • Ability to efficiently convey issues/requirements as well as lead conversations and relate effective insights that may not be realized by the business experts.
        • A forward thinker, regularly scanning the IT industry looking for new ideas which would benefit relevant projects or processes.
        • An experienced problem solver - has an effective approach to breaking down difficult problems and solving.
        • Detailed understanding of technology control processes (ITIL preferred) and the ability to use process to deliver quality, on time.LocationWarwick, Olympus AvenueUnited KingdomKantar Rewards StatementAt Kantar we have an integrated way of rewarding our people based around a simple, clear and consistent set of principles. Our approach helps to ensure we are market competitive and also to support a pay for performance culture, where your reward and career progression opportunities are linked to what you deliver.Kantar is the world's leading data, insights and consulting company. We understand more about how people think, feel, shop, share, vote and view than anyone else. Combining our expertise in human understanding with advanced technologies, Kantar's 30,000 people help the world's leading organisations succeed and grow.

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