Head of Technology

SIGNA Sports United US • Cincinnati

  • Full-time

Cincinnati

as soon as possible

SIGNA Sports United (SSU) North American Holding is firmly in growth mode.  In 2021, SSU entered the US market with the acquisitions of Tennis Express and Midwest Sports, two of the largest tennis platforms in the US. In December 2021, SIGNA Sports United successfully floated on to the New York Stock exchange and is now a publicly traded Company.  In February, we hired a seasoned industry leader and entrepreneur to lead the acceleration of our bike operations. Our growth has been propelled by acquiring new brands in leading sports businesses and scaling our current portfolio through our end-to-end e-commerce as-a-service solutions, connecting & enabling offline specialist retailers, and integrating with digital sports communities.  Our tennis and bike teams along with the support of our Holding group, made up of Finance, Technology, and Human Resources, are leading SSU’s growth in the US. Our teams are made up of passionate, dedicated people who believe that work can and should be an adventure.  We love what we do and give our teams the space to do what they love and the support to do it well.  We are looking for people that love a work environment that is agile and collaborative and has high accountability and trust in our people. 

The part you’ll play

The Head of Technology for US will be expected to leverage prior knowledge and experience in technology project management principles and practices with an Agile development methodology to ensure small, large, and/or, complex, enterprise-level projects are implemented timely.  This role will have day-to-day responsibility for coordinating and leading technology projects across multiple business entities, including integrations into global systems in addition to managing and directing all technology related matters across all US businesses (i.e., IT service management, software implementation, infrastructure management, budget, IT security, etc.).  Enterprise Applications requiring technology support include order and fulfillment management, warehouse management, financial systems, and retail store systems. Strong leadership will be required to manage and organize resources, tasks, budgets, and deliverables so that projects are completed within their defined scope, quality, time and cost constraints.  The Head of Technology will manage both onshore and offshore resources and must possess an exceptional customer-facing presence, have a calm demeanor, possess high levels of confidence when interacting at all levels of the organization, and have a passion for building enterprise solutions in a startup environment.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build strong relationships across become a trusted advisor for SSU US businesses while also ensuring strong relationships with our global IT partners
  • Work closely with Global CTO to ensure the US IT roadmap and migration strategy for applications and technology solutions are in alignment with SSU’s global strategy
  • Work with cross functional teams to define project scopes and schedules while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value; organizing and leading project status and working meetings; preparing and distributing progress reports; managing decisions, risks and issues; correcting deviations from plans; and performing delivery planning for assigned projects
  • Lead, monitor, and analyze the success of IT initiatives and projects
  • Lead all development projects to integrate new technologies into existing systems
  • Work with finance teams to ensure accurate budget management, ensuring financial controls are in place for accurate project forecasting and ensure contract resources adhere to prescribed process controls
  • Implement scalable internal technical solutions to make business more productive
  • Manage large scale integration projects using existing technology as well as third party SaaS products and onboard third-party software solutions; especially and including support of due diligence of potential M&A transactions followed by any post-merger integration technology projects
  • Leverage data to understand risk, impact, scope, and priorities of our business objectives, and enable the team to drive results
  • Build a team as the company scales and business demands increase, in short-term utilize on- or off-shore and/or contract resources

What you’ll bring to the team

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience leading technology teams, both internal and external, preferably with at least 4 years spent leading large technical and/or business programs
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field or equivalent years of experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience with SAP, NetSuite and Salesforce preferred
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills, able to work under deadlines in a changing environment, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence effectively, balancing between competing priorities while remaining flexible and creative
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work up, down and across organizational levels
  • Strong business acumen, operations, and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to assess current practices, identify opportunities for improvement, build consensus and drive the implementation of related changes
  • Excellent executive presence and a track record of success working closely with the C-Suite
  • Experience delivering large multi-year initiatives within a mixed methodology environment (Waterfall and Agile).
  • Strong experience with Order Management, Warehouse Management, Financial and HR systems
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs with the ability to establish/maintain high level of customer trust and confidence; retail experience preferred, but not required
  • Highly adaptable, strong collaborator and influencer with the ability to drive change
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Financial acumen, primarily in budgeting/forecasting and project accounting
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Office and MS Project
  • Entrepreneurial spirit - excited by the challenges that come along with working in a fast-paced startup environment

What you need to know

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

We at SIGNA Sports United believe that our team-spirit burns brightest when we're together. We also believe in flexible working models. As such, we provide a place for you to come, work and collaborate in any of our offices in the country you are employed in. And of course, you can work from home if needed.

About us

We are united by sports. Fueled by data. Accelerated by tech. More than 3000 tech-driven colleagues work for the SIGNA Sports United Group across the world. For us, every day is game day. Our teams play a key role in empowering founders and sports-businesses to lead in the digital age. 

We are many, but we move as one - with agility. Our team is diverse, talented and full of positive spirit. We are always evolving. Technology is at our core. Our Tech Teams are located on-site close to the Business. In addition, in 2020, we opened a Hub, our Centro Tecnico, in Barcelona. 

News & Insights

since 15.12.2021 we are listed on New York Stock Exchange
since 15.12.2021 we are listed on New York Stock Exchange

Since 15.12.2021 we are a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. We have been honoring this important day with some celebratory moments together with our Business Units and colleagues watching remote all around the world. Being a publicly listed company is an amazing achievement and has fueled our energy even more - we are here to conquer! If you have passion for sports - join us! Many exciting open vacancies are waiting for you!

Our benefits

Fast paced company with exciting challenges

Flat hierarchies and fast decision making

Highly self-organised and autonomous way of working

Open and transparent international company culture

Exciting Combination of Tech and Sports e-commerce

Very dynamic environment with sport-enthusiastic colleagues

Reports

Tayla
Tayla
Recruitment Manager

I’m Tayla, The Recruitment Manager at SIGNA-Sports United.

Throughout my career I have had a people-centric focus. It is what drives me and gives me purpose. My passion is to help others, explore and accomplish their dreams.

With an analytical mindset and a passion for people recruitment became my home. A home where I
could build strong relationships and match candidates with their dream positions and careers. My
purpose has always been about inspiring, encouraging and fulfilling aspirations.

Hence why I started at SSU, it is a place that encourages growth, autonomy and innovation. An
environment where your opinions are valued and your impact great. A place filled with passionate
people, hardworking and collaborative, with a team spirit that inspires.

Be INSPIRED, by joining an amazing team of high-calibre individuals that are passionate about sports
and the outdoors. We are SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS, we are DRIVEN, we are PASSIONATE, and we are INNOVATIVE!

Get in Touch: careers@signa-sportsunited.com

Contacts

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