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Advantage Solutions Chief Information Officer in Los Angeles, California


Chief Information Officer

Advantage Solutions is seeking an innovative, influential senior technology executive to join its leadership team and lead the company’s technology transformation across its global operations.Our ideal candidate will have experience leading technology for a publicly-traded organization.

We are redefining for scale, and as a newly public company, there are opportunities for streamlining internal operations, optimizing strategic benefits, and advancing technology to maintain the company’s competitive advantage. It will be critical for the CIO to assess current client offerings, align with the business strategy and prioritize effectively to achieve results. This leader must see how Information Solutions and Technology will enable the company’s broader strategic priorities.

The CIO will collaborate closely with multiple business unit leaders across the organization to establish the strategy and articulate the data and technology vision to enable the company’s objectives. Given the growth strategy, the focus will be to ensure a robust digital foundation while piloting innovations. As the foundation becomes more solid, the innovation focus will increase over time. This leader is responsible for an IT team of 200+ employees plus outsourced talent similar in scale.

Specific responsibilities include technology strategy and planning, enterprise architecture, enterprise infrastructure and IT operations, enterprise data, vendor management, and quality. Working closely with business leaders, the CIO will ensure close alignment between the company’s strategic business goals and technology design principles and solutions.

Our ideal CIO candidate thrives in an area where they may reimagine and build, understand the entrepreneurial nature of our organization, and collaboratively partner with our amazing leadership team.

Qualification Highlights:

  • Prior experience in senior-level information technology roles, including strategic planning and execution

  • Current or previous IS&T leadership in a large-scale, publicly held organization

  • Ability to nurture a smooth, cohesive IT transition amid business merger and acquisition activity

  • Experience leading governance, risk, and compliance teams related to internal IT controls

  • Collaboration to inspire trust in others through compelling influence, presence and passion, with a strong bias for action and history of delivering outstanding results

  • Passion for re-engineering legacy IT environments, with a keen eye on forward-looking, innovative future state plans

  • Excitement about moving traditional on-prem environments to SaaS or other progressive models, with demonstrated success in prior roles

  • Innate ability to identify, develop, lead and motivate top technology talent

This is an incredible US based opportunity for a CIO to truly make an impact. We're so excited to do great work with you. Apply today!

Advantage Solutions is committed to creating a workplace where everyone is respected, valued for their uniqueness and has an opportunity for success. We are dedicated to nurturing diversity, equity and inclusion across our enterprise by cultivating an environment built on openness, acceptance and safety that encourages individual authenticity to thrive.


The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Position Summary

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for directing all Information Technology (IT) functions by integrating business and technology to identify high value add solutions, cultivating the IT organization into a center of excellence, and delivering projects and service levels on budget. Accountable for delivering revenue generating projects, focused on new application development, while also leading the day to day technical operations. This is a highly visible leadership role that will serve as a critical member of the executive management team.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought leader by developing a vision and roadmaps for information technology

  • Identify emerging technologies to be assimilated, integrated, and introduced within the company

  • Optimize the combination of 3 rd party vs. home grown solutions and lead vendor selections

  • Proactively work with other teams to communicate and foster adoption of the longer term vision

  • Develop and maintain product roadmaps for core applications outlining key functionality roll-outs, release, upgrades, etc.

  • Lead the development of business critical applications based on enterprise priorities

  • Prepare IT objectives and budgets, including capital expense

  • Oversee the development, design, and implementation of new applications and changes to existing systems via appropriate methodologies

  • Grow the business intelligence and CRM functions to further entrench the team as indispensable insight drivers

  • Serve on Steering Committees to ensure efficient delivery

  • Review and approve major contracts for computing and IT services and equipment

  • Ensure the security and disaster recovery of information systems, communication lines and equipment

  • Develop information technology into a high performing/execution focused organization

  • Create organizational structure and governance model that emphasizes ROI positive projects while maintaining service levels for foundational systems

  • Design enterprise processes and a program management function to plan and execute major initiatives – from the establishment of business cases and multi-departmental sponsorship to technical design and tracking of measurable business outcomes

  • Hire, develop, and retain highly skilled teams of subject matter experts, including architects and project managers

  • Optimize costs of services through a mix of internal and external resources

  • Foster an accountable organization that over performs against expectations and has fun while doing so

  • Build strong relationships with internal customers and partners

  • Collaboratively work with global teams across all functions of the organization, including business strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and human resources, to fully understand their needs and how information technology can support them

  • Participate in executive strategy sessions to approve and prioritize efforts

  • Ensure teams effectively communicate with customers on key initiatives, including status, issues, etc.

  • Apply appropriate level of vendor management to maintain and foster relationships with strategic 3 rd party vendors.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job.

  • Travel up to 20%

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level:

(Required) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

(Preferred) Master's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Information Technology or Computer Science or equivalent job-related experience

  • 10+ years of experience in a senior-level information technology position including strategic planning and execution

  • Prior Customer relationship management, reporting analytics, campaign management, order management ERP and mobile for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and/or mass merchant retail experience

  • Prior experience with Retail tools and applications, including CRM, Order Management, as well as general information technology computer systems and software

  • Prior experience with business intelligence environments supporting complex performance analysis and consumer insights a plus

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Decision making skills

  • Ability to develop strategic plans to grow the business

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to visualize and plan objectives and goals strategically

  • Team building Skill

  • Analytical and research Skills

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment

  • Ability to direct, lead, coach, and develop people

  • Ability to ensure a high level of service and quality is maintained

  • Excellent customer service orientation

  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US | US-WA-Seattle | US-OR-Portland | US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-Los Angeles | US-CA-San Diego

Postal Code 98109

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2021-331904

Position Type Full Time

Category Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)