MRP Careers – Head IT, Infrastructure

Website Mr Price Group

Job Description:

Our Head of IT: Infrastructure & Cloud Services exists to enable and enhance IT capability to deliver on the group’s current requirements and future strategy. You’ll be working with the teams in Technology to ensure that infrastructure is available to run the services that have been developed/selected.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Keep abreast of legislative requirements and best practices (e.g. RICA, POPI, ECT act) to highlight risks to the business and ensure compliance at all times.
  • Develop departmental budget and monitor/control spending in order to deliver the strategy. Collaborate with other IT executives to ensure financial feasibility where there are departmental/project overlaps – where the primary financial responsibility sits in another department, there is always a secondary responsibility to deliver within budget.
  • Operate and maintain an optimal WAN/LAN network infrastructure that provides the group with cost effective, highly available, best-in-class networking services.
  • Drive succession, training and development within the team to ensure resource capability and business continuity.
  • Track, monitor and manage IT audits and risk management across the respective portfolios
  • Management of IT production and DR facilities for the group entailing cost control, best environment / location / connectivity and redundancy of these facilities
  • Ensure that, at all times, the technology landscape within the realm of control is secure and, as far as possible, safe from any external hacking or phishing attacks that could cause reputational damage and or information leakage.
  • Deploy and maintain the cloud center of excellence and infrastructure strategy for the group through IT operations support and service delivery.
  • Contribute IT expertise & advice to influence discussions and decision-making within the group and respond to internal client requests.
  • Contribute to the development of the IT divisional strategy.
  • Operate an innovative and effective multi-skilled support team that delivers excellence in their field.
  • Manage related IT vendors and contractors, including activities such as selecting vendors, negotiating contracts, controlling costs, reducing vendor-related risks and ensuring service delivery.
  • Plan, implement & evaluate IT service delivery and project execution in a specific area(s) of the business to align with the standard service management matrix (incl. SLAs).
  • Ensure that the workload within the team is distributed fairly and in line with the team’s priorities and skills to deliver on departmental KPI’s / targets. Keep abreast of talent pool to contribute to the recruitment of top talent.
  • Continuously drive IT capability to deliver on group strategic intent.
  • Translate business strategy into tactical IT strategies to address key business requirements, drive capability and produce delivery roadmaps & associated domain architecture.

Job Requirements:

  • proactive problem solver with the ability to think ‘out of the box’
  • interpersonal and leadership skills
  • You have extensive knowledge of a large scale ICT environment that has a wide range of different technologies.
  • effective negotiation and vendor management skills
  • Outstanding communication
  • organization and time-management skills
  • attention to detail.
  • You have extensive knowledge in running infrastructure teams including hardware, networking, cloud, security and operational support.

Qualification & Experience:

  • You have 15-20 years IT Enterprise infrastructure experience AND 10-15 years in an IT management role.
  • Retail experience mandatory.
  • A completed degree in IT or Business Management, or, similar relevant field

Job Details:

Company: Mr Price Group

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Durban Metropolitan Area, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Application Deadline: N/A

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