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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Job

DATE: Jan 22, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 74714 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Information Technology 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will develop and drive the vision, culture and strategy for global Transformation & Technology at DSW Inc.  With outstanding business & technical leadership, the successful candidate will lead and inspire the Transformation & Technology team to deliver technology that adapts to the needs of an evolving global consumer and business.  The CIO reports to the Chief Executive Officer, DSW Inc. and is a member of the DSW Inc. Executive Committee.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leads the development of innovative, transformative solutions
  • Drives a culture of associate development and creates a bench of talent within the Transformation & Technology organization
  • Leads the following Transformation & Technology functional areas:
    • Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Security & Compliance, Quality Assurance, Infrastructure & Operations, and Supply Chain, Stores, Corporate & eCommerce Systems
  • Serves as a key member of the Executive Committee and helps the organization develop strategy, obtain resources and deliver on strategic objectives.
  • Provides regular updates to the Board of Directors, specifically providing updates to the Technology Committee and Technology chair member.
  • Creates overall strategies for Enterprise-wide system architecture and design to ensure systems integrate well and can be shared easily among authorized users
  • Directs information management budgeting, strategic and tactical planning, business process re-engineering and strategy.  Manages annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Demonstrates solid project management, operational skills and technical knowledge.  Understands and stays current on relevant advancements and industry trends in the area of IT 
  • Explores new technologies for future planning and potential implementation
  • Identifies opportunies for improvement, plans best solutions and leads the team to achieve desired results.
  • Leads the development and implementation strategy for new hardware and software platforms
  • Provides leadership in the upgrade or development of key corporate systems.  Ensures overall integration and internal customer satisfaction among users
  • Maintains overall responsibility for ensuring that all organizational policy and procedures are compliant with organizational and statutory requirements



  • 15+ years progressive IT leadership experience.  At least 10 years leading IT organizations at VP level or above.  Successful career progession in complex organizations
  • The preferred candidate will have Digital/eCommerce experience in a customer service centric environment.  Retail and other industy experience a plus
  • Innovative leader who aligns IT function to support business needs
  • Demonstrated track record of success in driving business value through IT enablement
  • Proficient in contract negotiations, vendor service management, and capacity planning
  • Broad current knowledge of packaged and custom applications, current trends in IT, and experience with evaluating/implementing/integrating internal and external solutions


Required Skills & Competencies:

  • Demonstrates our values of Passion, Accountability, Collaboration and Humility
  • Recognized as a leader that inspires and motivates associates by articulating direction, defining goals/objectives and promoting an atmosphere of teamwork
  • Drives innovation and challenges the status quo to provide new, transformative solutions
  • High degree of verbal and written communication skills across all organizational levels (all levels of IT, Senior Business Leaders, Board of Directors)
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a time sensitive and dynamic environment



  • B.S. Degree in Computer Science or related field is required.  MBA a plus.



Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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