• Technical Services Manager

    Location UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Information Technology
    Pentland Brands

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    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


    Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


    We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


    We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. Last year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


    We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.


    As IT Technical Services Manager you will work closely with the wider IT team and the business to understand their requirements: You will be accountable for the technical delivery of solutions and improvements across a wide range of technologies to enable our transformation and support operational excellence. The successful candidate will be passionate about people management and will have the ability to build and motivate large teams. You will build and manage solutions with the customer at the heart of our thinking and with usability a key measure of success.


    You will:

    • Lead the technical service team with responsibility for overseeing the management of all infrastructure and related applications/technologies throughout the service and development lifecycle.

    • You will need to be able to operate both at a tactical and strategic level and ensure we are thinking innovatively and in line with appropriate and proportionate industry best practise.

    • Manage and develop a team of multi-disciplined technology experts at all levels of seniority.

    • Utilise the in-house architecture competency to its greatest potential to align with technical and enterprise architecture.

    • Develop global solutions in line with the ambitions of the organisation.

    • Define and take ownership of a technology roadmap for the core technologies you aim to be responsible for.

    • Effectively communicate and plan for the roadmap execution with alignment throughout all teams within IT.

    • Develop, document, implement and measure appropriate processes and policies to manage our technology stack.

    • Build, develop, document, implement and measure controls to ensure a reliable and robust support delivery (2nd and 3rd line).

    • Work closely with the Business Solution and Solution Delivery teams in Pentland IT, understanding the organisational roadmap and pre-empting solutions to help support projects and initiatives.

    • Build strong relationships throughout the organisation to make sure that the technology the organisation adopts is aligned to their needs.

    • Take responsibility for budgeting, estimating, planning and objective setting for Technical Services.

    • Take responsibility for vendor management and contract negotiation and renewal where appropriate, always seeking the best value for Pentland.

    • Take responsibility and accountability for technical design and engineering across Infrastructure Services.

    • Assist in the evaluation of new projects prior to the approval of projects for implementation into the IT operations environment.

    • Monitor and escalate the risks and operations associated with information protection and disaster recovery for critical IT systems.



    What you need to have  

    • Experience in managing a large-scale high availability environment, coupled with extensive outsource / vendor relationship experience.

    • Extensive experience in all phases of Data Centre operations, outsource management, installation/integration and maintenance of systems.

    • Extensive experience to include infrastructure services, information protection, network security procedures.

    • Demonstrate an ability to work creatively and analytically in meeting customer needs.

    • Strong analytical ability, acute business judgment and decision making.

    • Demonstrable experience of managing and delivering large-scale enterprise IT projects.

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including group leadership and executive presentations.

    • Ready to be mobile and travel to client locations as needed.

    • Proven leadership skills, with a passion to guide team to achieve their goals and objectives, leading by example to promote positive behaviours.

    • Commercially astute with strong focus on value-driven solutions.


    Hands On technical experience of the following desirable:

    • Virtualisation technology

    • 3+ Years Hands on Experience of cloud technologies, migrations and operations. Cloud Platforms such as O365, Azure and/or AWS an advantage

    • Microsoft Server 2008-2016

    • Microsoft Core Technology AD/DHCP/DNS

    • Microsoft Intune, Microsoft SCCM[PD1] 

    • SaaS Solutions


    Good Understanding of the following is desireable:

    • Networking Cisco, Aruba, Palo Alto and HP

    • WAN Connectivity MPLS, VPN’s

    • Red Hat Linux

    • Communications – E.G. Telephony Cisco, Skype for Business

    • SQL 2008-2014

    • PowerShell

    • SharePoint

    • ITIL Process’s


                        What we need to see in you

    • To have a clear commercial understanding combined with budgetary management capability and definition.

    • Customer-focused recognising the department’s role as a service provider to the business in delivering a high-quality service.

    • To have a natural ability to create and maintain important relationships with key stakeholders.

    • Ability to fit a big-picture/strategic vision into a manageable solution road-map.

    • Awareness of the architectural requirements and needs and help support deliver these in an agile manner.

    • Proactive and courageous in challenging both IT and the wider organization.

    • Pragmatic, consultative and team-orientated.

    • Business-goal driven.

    • To be aware of the development of the wider IT team and to be supportive in this process.



     This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.


     www.pentland.com                                     https://careers-pentland.icims.com/                                    



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