Director Strategy, Technology

Recruiter
Tory Burch
Location
Jersey City, NJ, United States
Posted
07 Oct 2021
Closes
28 Dec 2021
Ref
R0009152
JOB SUMMARY

At Tory Burch, our technology organization is increasingly becoming a critical enabler of value creation and growth through new capabilities and new experiences, delivered at scale with agility and speed in a complex and global environment.
The Director, Technology Strategy role provides a considerable opportunity for leading and driving our technology transformation journey, and set ambitious goals for the technology organization. We are looking for an independent thinker who makes convincing, balanced, and data driven decisions. While our technology strategy is a key enabler of our corporate strategy, we want to go further through transforming and leading. We need to define highly ambitious, yet achievable roadmaps and mechanisms to deliver against our priorities and measure success. The Director, Technology Strategy will be supporting up a best-in-class technology transformation operating model and organization and serve as a liaison across stakeholders.
The Director, Technology Strategy will provide strategic and operational support for key projects and initiatives to maximize the effectiveness of the company and brand. He/She will work with and across all channels and functions to manage and drive operational directives, research and analyze business opportunities, and support strategic and operational initiatives as a support to the CTO.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable thinking strategically and diving deep; a forward-thinking leader who can identify opportunities, influence and leverage the team to translate them into live solutions.
Beyond end-to-end technology strategy, there will be specific agendas and transformations where the Director, Technology Strategy will be more closely involved due to the strategic imperative of that agenda. He/She will play a critical role in initiatives that have multiple inter-dependencies, driving alignment, connecting "dots", and resolving complex issues. This leader will, in partnership with his/her peers, guide the overall maturation and modernization of our technical capabilities, staying aligned or even ahead of technology trends to be ready for what the future brings. He/She will also ensure it remains aligned with specific business outcomes, both around growth and operational effectiveness.

JOB DESCRIPTION

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Facilitate and lead the annual refresh of our technology strategy and long-range plan (LRP)
  • Translate strategies into actionable programs and execute them flawlessly within the line of business and engineering organization by means of exceptional organization and influencing skills
  • Leverage internal and external research, partner with leadership to define and drive alignment on annual updates to the technology strategy as well as the supporting operations and labor strategies
  • Helps establish governance structure where decision-making is weighted toward empowered teams
  • Break down top-down priorities to influence bottoms-up plans, working closely with Technology leaders
  • Closely partner with portfolio management and finance teams to ensure budgets and plans align with and progress the technology strategy
  • Support executive engagements and presentations
  • Engage with CTO and other technology leaders directly on specific strategic imperatives
  • Help shape way forward, structure a path through interdependencies and drive alignment.
  • Establish delivery mechanisms (delivery of project, products, and platforms)
  • Drives growth for the business by applying technical and domain expertise to provide thought leadership and translate vision into action
  • Evaluates research and market analysis, meets with third party vendors, and maintains knowledge, always seeking for new opportunities or partnerships
  • Works on special projects that enables the technology organization transformation, partnering with various areas of the business (HR, Finance, Retail etc.)
  • Set up a metric driven organization and define key KPI that drives transparency of technology investments
  • Partners with business leaders (e.g., Product, Engineering) to design, evaluate and advance technology strategies, ensuring alignment with corporate strategy
  • Supports and drives the use of leading practices to execute complex initiatives spanning different stakeholders and geographies
  • Demonstrate a high degree of forward-lean, drive insights into continuous improvement opportunities and incubate new ideas


EDUCATION & PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED
  • Bachelor's degree or commiserate work experience, MBA a plus
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in corporate technology strategy and/or strategy consulting
  • At least 7 years of experience delivering technology programs using Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, or SAFe)
  • 3-4 years of experience in a Top Tier management consulting firm preferred
  • Experience in retail, merchandising or consumer-facing businesses preferred
  • Creative and strategic thinker and problem-solver.
  • Self-starter who thrives in ambiguous environments and adapts easily to change.
  • Excellent project management and analytical skills
  • Highly analytical, detail oriented and have solid financial acumen
  • Strong verbal and written presentation skills including ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Able to work under pressure quickly, effectively and efficiently
  • Able to collaborate effectively and build relationships across all functions and levels within the organization
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan
  • Ability to connect both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, cultivate entrepreneurship
  • Experience working in a matrixed organizational environment


DESIRED ATTRIBUTES

Please note any skills/qualities you would want someone to have in this role in addition to our core skills :

  • Adaptable - Change before you have to
    • Changes course easily - Knows when to be patient and when to push - Works well in the gray - Shows grace under pressure - Owns mistakes and learns from them - Balances multiple priorities
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit - Own it
    • Takes initiative, doesn't wait for direction - Builds for the future - Takes personal ownership and accountability - Is resourceful in getting things done
  • Collaborative - No "I" in Tory
    • Is self-aware and open-minded - Integrates the perspectives of others - Is direct but respectful - Communicates cross functionally - Knows when to get people involved and when to make a decision - Takes an inclusive approach
  • Client & Brand Focus - Put yourself in Tory's shoes
    • Passionate about the brand and the work - Creates a transformational client experience - Makes decisions in the best interest of the company and our customers - Focuses on internal and external customers
  • Live the Values - Being "Buddy"
    • Keeps the "Buddy Values" alive (Kindness, humility, warmth, honesty, loyalty, compassion, integrity, and passion) - It's not just what you do, but how you do it - Contributes to a positive and productive environment
  • Functional Expertise - Know Your Stuff
    • Has the skills necessary to perform the job - Keeps current on trends, skills, and practices - Puts learning into practice


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tory Burch LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy) or sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability or membership in any other protected class under applicable law. Likewise, we will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, Ordinance No. 184652. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Disability Accommodation

Tory Burch is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. If you require assistance or an accommodation with the hiring process, please contact talent@toryburch.com .

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