Lead, IT Business Partner, Food & Quality Safety at Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc.

Posted in Retail 10 days ago.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Lead, IT Business Partner, Food & Quality SafetyPosition Summary

Primary Purpose

The Manager, IT Business Partner is a key role within Information Technology at Ferrara Candy Company. Ferrara's success and strategic growth initiatives drive our aggressive IT agenda. The Lead Business partner acts as a specialist within several business process areas. As such, the role works closely with our business stakeholders to translate requirements into solutions that consistently add value to our business.

The IT Business Partner will work directly with Business leaders, IT Leaders and external Service Providers actively facilitating the delivery of solutions. A keen understanding of the goals and objectives of the Quality and Supply Chain/Operations function is key to success.

The Business Partner ensures that the support mechanisms are in place for system users and that we have the ability to extend, integrate and optimize the platform.

The assigned business areas are Quality and Food Safety within the Supply Chain. Representative technologies include, Quality & Regulatory Assurance (Q&RA) systems such as Pilgrim QMS, Clinical Trial management Systems, ERP (SAP ECC, QM, IM, PP, PLM), Document Management systems, Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS) and other PLM.

Major Responsibilities

Business Partnership:

  • Work directly with leaders and managers within Quality and Food Safety, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Consumer Complaints to develop the business technology strategy that matches Ferrara's business objectives and growth strategies.
  • Build a partnership and relationship that adds value to the business through proactive management of enabling technologies.
  • Assess risk in business areas not adequately supported by technology.
  • Facilitate the prioritization of projects, programs and enhancements.
  • Develop recommendations, solution concepts and business cases for new investments.

Project Leadership & Solution Design and Delivery:
  • Provide visibility of IT projects and activities that have an impact on the Quality and Food Safety functions. Clearly communicate risks, issues and action plans.
  • Manage all aspects of the project portfolio within the assigned business area.
  • Effectively communicate the results and status of projects during various stages of their life cycle.
  • In certain cases, it will be necessary to directly manage and lead projects of medium complexity.
  • Ensure that the teams are in place (both internal and external) to deliver technology-based solutions.
  • Provide consultation during all phases of the development of solutions.
  • Work closely with internal IT resources and external service providers to deliver solutions on time and on budget.
  • Manage issues and escalate as necessary when projects within the portfolio are at risk in terms of Scope, Timelines and Budgets.

External Partner Management
  • Ensure that our strategic partners operate as an extension of the Ferrara team and are acting in the best interests of Ferrara.
  • Proactively manage and escalate as necessary situations where our external partners are not meeting our needs and delivering on their commitments.
  • Seek thought leadership from our external partners.

Application/Technology Management:
  • Understand the application architecture and essential elements of how application design and configuration meet the needs of the business.
  • Understand when and how patches and upgrades apply to systems and the impact that those upgrades have on the business as it applies to new functionality and the potential disruption of services.
  • Meet our Service Level Agreements when it comes to beak/fixes and system bugs. Apply ITIL methods to managing incidents.
  • Utilize our existing technology investments before investing in other solutions that could be redundant.
  • Understand the full implications of application security and compliance ensuring that our People, Processes and Technologies are compliant and meet all relevant audit requirements.
  • Meet established System performance metrics.

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Maintains awareness of developments in the industry both IT and Quality Management.
  • Takes initiatives to keep skills up to date.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic personality combining flexibility and creativity.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to translate high-level unstructured ideas and requests quickly into a level of detail that can be easily matched to our current system capabilities.
  • Proven experience developing project plans and leading projects to completion.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain successful relationships across business partners, external partners and the wider IT community.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Able to conduct research into issues and products as required.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-moving environment and make sound decisions.
  • Ability to present ideas in a user-friendly language.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Occasional travel required.

Education and Experience

  • Five or more years of experience in delivering projects to the business within Quality & Food Safety and Manufacturing.
  • Three or more years configuring and managing systems such as Pilgrim QMS, Clinical Trial management Systems, ERP (SAP ECC, QM, IM, PP, PLM), Document Management systems and other PLM.
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university or 3 to 5 years of IT and business/industry work experience.
  • Experience in M & A and Divestiture activities is a plus.
  • Prior success managing external IT service providers to deliver solutions.
  • Relevant certifications matched to business subject matter.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of integrated technical ecosystems.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.