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Distribution IT Programme Manager

Exciting opportunity has become available for a Distribution IT Programme Manager to join our Distribution Team which operates 8 key sites across the UK. The role will report into the Distribution Director within Sainsbury’s Argos and lead the Distribution IT team.

On September 2017 it marked a year since Sainsbury's and Argos came together. What a fantastic year it’s been with over 90% of the population shopping in one of our stores during this time! We have delivered a strong performance, driven by our differentiated strategy, offering customers quality, value and choice across food, general merchandise, clothing & financial services.

At Sainsbury’s Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It’s our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our Distribution teams are more important to us now than ever before. They’re the people who provide support across the business and help ensure our customers get what they want and when they want it.

The Role

Lead the Distribution IT team to identify, shape and drive the short and long term roadmap in terms of tactical and strategic change with the objective to drive efficiencies and support business growth. As Distribution IT Programme Manager you will be required to lead teams in Milton Keynes and also required to travel to key Distribution sites as required.

Your main responsibilities will include:

Lead and manage technical delivery of all Distribution Mainline & Transport tactical and strategic projects with Group and 3rd party suppliers.
Ensure the team provides 24/7 1st and 2nd line technical support for all Distribution mainline & Transport applications across 8 regional, national and central distribution operations.
Manage internal and external suppliers working collaboratively in delivery and support of new products or services. Delivery of technical projects ranging across the whole technical landscape from business as usual into implementation through the full project life cycle.
Delivery of technical change into Distribution mainline associated to corporate and group projects.
Escalation and management of risk associated to any key project or support activities.

Your skills & experience will include:

Proven expertise in leading large IT projects and delivering against business strategy.
Solid understanding of Distribution / Logistics / Transport warehousing applications and operations.
Must have WMS - Warehouse Management System experience.
Broad understanding of technical architecture ranging across network / infrastructure, service and applications.
Detailed understanding of service management. / ITIL, technical support & incident management activities.
Comprehensive awareness of technical landscape applications and latest technology.
In depth knowledge of WMS, Saas Products, Dock scheduling, Telematics, Yard management, .net, Interfacing, Apps, Incident management.
Proven experience of managing project and functional budgets.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to take control, challenge and influence at all levels.
Proven team leadership experience, delivering excellent results through others and driving through constant change to meet the evolving needs of the business.
Individual will ideally be Prince 2 Qualified.

What you’ll get in return:

As well as the usual company benefits, which include holiday, share save, discretionary annual bonus, company car, discount across Sainsbury’s / Argos / Habitat, private medical insurance and company pension scheme, you will work in an exciting environment.

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