Position: Associate

Job type: Full-time

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Position Title: IT Manager – R&D Functional Architect - SME

Location: Łódź, Poland

Reports to: Global Application Architect

About The Wella Company

Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6,000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.


Wella Company’s new Shared Services Centre (SSC) in Łódź will support financial process teams and serve as an IT Centre of Excellence (COE) for the EMEA region. As a huge development opportunity for the region, new workplaces are going to be created, especially for specialists and managers who will be able to apply and, moreover, improve their financial and IT skills under the wings of our global brand. With a strong commitment to the hair and nail industry, Wella Company contributes to changing the world for the better. As a socially responsible company, by building a highly qualified team in Łódź, Wella Company will be an important stimulus for the region and vehicle for economic growth. Wella Company believes that the new Shared Services Centre is an investment in people, dreams and talents.


We are actively looking for an IT functional architect for the R&D functional domain. This functional SME will interface with R&D business teams and our IT technical delivery and service management team, to ensure that:
  • The demand from the R&D business is translated into technical recommendation, product roadmaps and domain architectural decisions
  • Requirements from the R&D business are mapped to our platforms and translated into requirements that can be implemented
  • Functional impact of issues and incidents (for the R&D applications) is clearly understood and workarounds are identified and agreed with the business
Key Responsibilities
  • Serves as R&D functional IT expert (e.g. Packaging, Formula, registration) in IT Wella
  • Acts as technical interface between Wella IT architecture team and our IT delivery and run partners
  • Works with R&D community and with BAU IT teams to review BAU demands / change requests / process improvements
  • Translates R&D functional needs into and operational requirements for changes
  • Develops appropriate technical solution/requirements for the IT delivery teams
  • Reviews incidents affecting the R&D domain and, where appropriate, help creating workarounds and interventions
  • Supports decision making by drafting design options / business cases, change requests and presenting to Design Authority
  • Participates in project meetings to gain knowledge of solutions, architecture and overall direction of travel of the R&D IT landscape and provides input based on current demands/requirements
  • Communicates actively with appropriate levels across the organization, including IT and R&D business teams
  • Works with the Enterprise architects to help define architecture standards, patterns and policies
  • Ensure project adherence to the architecture principles
  • Proven commercial experience of developing enterprise solutions
  • Ability to drive the understanding and adoption of the businesses plans and goals
  • Deep understanding of effective migration strategies key architectural components, balancing risk and delivery of benefit
  • Strong systems delivery background and understanding of agile methodologies
  • R&D business and process experience (e.g. PLM – Innovation, New Product Development)
  • IT solution design, project management, delivery and sourcing experience
  • Working knowledge of SAP PLM-RD solution is a must
  • Strong communication ability facing technology and business teams as well as vendors
  • Self-starter, ability to work at own initiative
  • Knowledge of industry trends and best practices
  • 5 years of experience in architect position
  • Project management and/or business analysis experience in a plus

We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Wella Company with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at: www.wellacompany.com/consumer-affairs

We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

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Deadline: 29-06-2023

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