Vice President of IT - Cold Beverage in Plano, TX at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 11/5/2020

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Job Description

The VP IT, Commercial & Beverage Concentrate will serve as a member of the IT leadership team as well as the Commercial management team and will have responsibility for setting the strategic technology direction, driving execution of the commercial IT project portfolio, and working with their peer teams to drive best practices that improve service delivery for all facets of the KDP commercial organizations. The ideal candidate is a proven information technology leader with personal and professional skills leading Commercial technology in Consumer-Packaged Goods with a major focus on Direct Store Delivery and Warehouse Channel in the Beverage space.


Commercial IT Strategic Vision and Prioritization of Projects

  • Lead an execute the strategic technology plan for the Commercial organization, including prioritizing program and project plan schedules, initiatives, and how the organization automates business operations and systems through innovation.
  • Deliver systems and applications that can provide current and accurate operational information and metrics to analyze business operations and retail program activity against targeted goals.
  • Continually work to develop an overall technical strategy that will lead to programs that improve the customer experience, operational efficiencies and add shareholder value to the company.
  • Direct and lead the review of present IT commercial systems and methods, and the innovation/development of new and revised systems and corresponding processes.

Partner to Commercial Business and IT Operations

  • Continually assess and anticipate the need for new technology capabilities and solutions across the company’s business based on consumer learnings and the latest technology trends
  • Maintain a comprehensive technology operating model to support the evolving business strategy and ensure continuous improvement of the underlying technology platforms and processes.
  • Work closely with the heads of the business, defining business and operations requirements for IT infrastructure and systems based on the long-range needs of the business, and determine the appropriate levels of application and operations support.
  • Seamlessly implement new processes and systems and keep the systems running efficiently while the initiatives are being achieved.
  • Ensure there is an open line of communication across the IT organization and with business unit leaders to continually review project plan updates, new equipment and system update schedules in order to streamline implementation processes and maximize operational efficiencies.

People Management

  • Motivate, inspire, and upgrade IT resources across commercial IT where necessary, and provide leadership to the business to ensure that IT service delivery is achieved with the highest quality and security.
  • Lead change management initiatives to transform the current IT organization to support the future objectives of the business, streamline operations and reduce the cost of infrastructure
  • Develop plans and processes to move the information management enterprise from transaction-oriented to strategic support of the business
  • Set priorities for the team and clearly communicate IT objectives so executive initiatives and company-wide objectives are met.
  • Responsible for leadership development and succession planning for the department.

Direct Budgets & Capital Expenditures

  • Lead the delivery of best-in-class systems and services. Ensure alignment of the technology strategy with the company’s business goals, revenue, productivity, and increased enterprise value.
  • Realign existing operating and capital budgets to focus on strategic projects that support the business.
  • Manage partnerships and work collaboratively with key internal resources and external vendors to achieve the desired project results


Pivotal Experience & Expertise

The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced and respected technology executive with a proven track record of building world class technology solutions to drive growth and efficiency in a complex CPG beverage business. They will have strong expertise in supporting the commercial processes with large retail chain customers and providing technology solutions to successfully execute commercial activities across multiple, diverse Routes To Market. Additionally, they must have extensive experience with a Direct Store Delivery business. They must understand DSD operations including case pick warehouse operations, voice and other-directed picking technologies, dynamic routing operations, and cashless/paperless delivery technologies. The candidate must also understand DSD sales including building technology solutions that enhance the ability and competitive advantage of our field sales managers to drive daily sell-in opportunities in addition to their replenishment order processes. The successful candidate must be a strategic and data-oriented leader, with a successful track record of customer and consumer value creation, and a strong customer service mindset.

Additional Requirements Include:

  • B.S. or B.A. or equivalent work experience required; advanced degree and/or equivalent work experience is preferred.
  • 15+ years of executive responsibility with a proven and successful track record of IT leadership, execution and delivery of services in an “information intense” environment that is similar to Keurig Dr Pepper: service management, retail commercial services, supply chain, IT production support, enterprise data/reporting and distributed location support.
  • Commercial systems depth such as CRM, ERP, and DSD route accounting. Demonstrated success implementing and/or upgrading mission critical business systems in support of greater enterprise-wide data availability and business efficiency.
  • Candidate possesses deep subject matter expertise in both the commercial business development and IT operations.
  • Exceptional ability to map out the technology strategy and vision for a complex commercial CPG business retail and ensure that all projects are prioritized and implemented in accordance with the organization’s long- term plan.
  • Ability to work with multiple business constituencies, balance resources and ensure alignment of technology strategy with the business vision.
  • Experience managing, negotiating, and successfully developing relationships with outsource partners, service providers and key technology vendors.
  • Ideal candidate has worked for a CSD company or bottler and understands the complexities of beverage concentrate, independent bottlers and DSD distribution.


Company Overview & EEO Statement

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role