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IT Director of Applications

IT Director of Applications

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We're looking for an IT Director of Applications to join our team! 


Headquartered in Hilliard Ohio, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc (ADS) is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and drainage solutions.  Our innovative products and superior drainage solutions are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including residential, non-residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications.  We have established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging our national sales and distribution platform, overall product breadth and scale, and our manufacturing excellence.  Founded in 1966, we operate a global network of 3,700 employees, 63 manufacturing plants and 31 distribution centers.  In July, 2014 we became a public company traded on the NYSE®.  To enable our continued growth, we are looking to add top talent to our dynamic organization.


The IT Director for Applications will oversee Application architecture, development, and support at ADS. Additionally, this person will manage functional Business Relationship Managers and related Business Analysts and Solution Architects. This encompasses all aspects of our business applications and relationship. This individual’s principal goals are to develop and manage application portfolios for each department and to manage relationships within the user community of the organization. The Applications Director will manage a team of managers and will be responsible for setting direction on technology, establishing and maintaining good process, as well as day to day support and upkeep of systems. He or she will be expected to maintain good relationships with key business stakeholders as well as peers inside and outside the IT department. This person will be a key member of the IT leadership team reporting directly to the CIO. This person should understand business drivers and be able to provide proactive IT solutions to meet business needs. The Applications Director should be well versed in modern IT concepts, technologies, and service models, and should have a customer focused mindset.


Primary Job Responsibilities:

Here’s a look into what you will be doing in this role:


  • Manage application and business relationship groups within the IT organization
  • Work with business and IT leadership to identify issues and opportunities to drive value to the business
  • Drive application solutions that are focused on long term business success and lowest TCO
  • Manage the IT applications group’s operational and strategic planning, including business requirements, project planning, and organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources
  • Lead and mentor direct reports and other Applications personnel
  • Work closely with Infrastructure, Program management and Compliance leaders to deliver complete solutions to the business
  • Provide leadership and guidance on application architecture and design in line with modern IT concepts and generally accepted principles
  • Understand current trends and technologies and provide recommendations on appropriate tools to meet business needs
  • Support the office of the CIO through technology leadership and sound execution
  • Ensure a stable and high performing business computing platform that has the flexibility to scale with the business
  • Work collaboratively with the IT Governance & Risk organization to ensure security and compliance of delivered solutions
  • Develop and communicate a multi-year Applications roadmap
  • Work closely with Project Management Group on initiating, planning and executing projects
  • Ensure that organization has the capabilities and resources required to support new investments.
  • Manage relationships with internal and external business partners
  • Responsible to foster good behaviors and lead by example within IT communities
  • Drive work in line with the organization’s mission, operations, structure, and goals; understands informal structures and processes of the organization; understands organization-level implications of his or her day-to-day decisions.

The person in this position should have the following skills/knowledge:

  • Ability to manage technical managers and other technical people and processes effectively
  • Ability to effectively manage time and multiple projects to meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel
  • Ability to understand technical problems and to coordinate solutions.
  • Understanding of good IT processes and ability to execute these processes effectively
  • Understanding of and consistent adherence to IT governance and compliance concepts and principles
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.
  • Ability to build and influence strategic vendor partnerships
  • Ability to communicate ideas and sell concepts through presentations
  • Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings
  • Solid understanding of IT security concepts and principles with the demonstrated ability to execute
  • Ability to mentor leaders on the applications team and other team members
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to interact with senior management levels effectively
  • Understand current market and changing technology trends
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to develop roadmaps containing sequencing of IT solutions working towards the achievement of the business strategies. (3-5yrs)
  • Ability to translate business strategy into actionable IT solutions

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, management or equivalent
  • MBA or related advanced degree is required
  • PMP, ITIL, or other relevant certifications will be considered

Strong candidates should have the following experience:

  • 12+ years of experience leading a technical team
  • Experience in managing an Applications group in a public company
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets
  • Strong understanding of key business processes related to Sales, Operations, Finance and HR
  • Experience with Oracle EBS and related Oracle technologies
  • Experience with on premise and cloud-based enterprise technologies
  • Solid understand of software development lifecycle concepts and toolsets and experience with multiple SDLCs
  • Experience with ITSM and ITOM processes and tools
  • Experience with vendor management with solid influence and negotiating skills
  • Experience with Microsoft development languages, tools and related concepts
  • Experience in a manufacturing company with multiple remote sites
  • Demonstrated expertise in the strategic use of process improvements and IT as an enabler of business initiatives and business solutions
  • Experience in hiring and building teams
  • Experience in large technology rollouts and implementations
  • Experience in managing relationships with senior business leadership

EEO Statement

Advanced Drainage Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.