Director, Global IT

Information Technology Walnut Creek, California


About Us:     
Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar cells, modules, and custom-designed solar power applications. Canadian Solar’s world-class team of professionals works closely with our customers to provide them with solutions for all their solar needs. Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s fastest-growing companies in the solar industry and has been listed on the NASDAQ since November 2006.     
Our Walnut Creek, CA office is conveniently located near public transportation (Pleasant Hill BART), is ideally situated for bicycle commuters, there's plenty of free parking, and an abundance of eateries in the surrounding area. The office includes tasty drinks, healthy snacks and catered lunches two days per week. Hybrid office hours available with flexibility to work from home 1-2 days per week.     
Position Summary:     
Join an exciting, fast growing, global manufacturing business centered on offering renewable energy solutions that will save the planet! As the leader of Global IT, you’d be responsible for the strategy and delivery of critical IT services and systems across the globe outside of China including EMEA, APAC and Americas. You’d lead initiatives that improve reliability of IT services including but not limited to network, infrastructure, voice/video communication, desktop applications, authentication, etc., and the security of information assets at a global level.     
You will work closely across all departments, providing support, implementing cutting-edge solutions, enhancing data transparency, analytics, automation, sales, marketing, and manufacturing, and supporting the executive team with information to fuel growth. Your strategic vision and technical prowess will be vital to our continued success. In this role, you will:     
  • Define and execute the overall technology strategy in alignment with the company's mission, vision, and goals. Identify emerging trends and technologies, evaluate their potential impact, and recommend their adoption or integration into the company's operations.
  • Manage operations, security and efficiency improvements of all global (non-China) business data, communication and backup infrastructure including business tools related to ticket / problem management
  • Streamline and improve global Sales Operations process and tools such as CRM/ERP and other related items including business warehouse, real time inventory management with external logistics partners
  • Establish security protocols for Physical Servers, VMware Infrastructure, Active Directory, File Storage, Gateway, Firewall, Cloud Applications, MS package and other desktop software applications
  • Develop and implement key performance indicators (KPIs) for technology projects
  • Align with C-Suite leaders across the global, defining and owning end to end IT strategy that will enable employees in their daily work while also staying in compliance with business strategy
  • Implement advanced technologies, including automation, artificial intelligence, IIoT, data, ERP, and analytics, and evaluate emerging technologies to optimize systems and processes, reduce costs, and assess their potential applications within our organization.
  • Build proper documentation database covering all aspects of the regional infrastructure function, including but not limited to the configuration management database covering all servers/systems software, Operations procedures, software licensing, etc.
  • Create annual budget and headcount planning for IT services and disseminate to each region
  • Work closely with IT headquarters in China to define solutions; monitor project progress and drive to success through partnership
Qualifications & Experience:     
  • 15+ years IT Leadership role with an emphasis in change management and a rich knowledge of applications listed below
  • 10+ years SAP, SD or FICO experience
  • 10+ years post graduate career experience
  • Industry Standard credentials such as CompTIA A+, Server+, Network+, MCSE, CCNA
  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field Computer Science, Information Systems or Engineering required
  • Program and project leadership experience involving multiple workstreams from various functions
  • Skilled in connecting with external vendors to provide right solutions for the business
  • Expert at managing IT Application lifecycles and related key activities such as improvement projects (development & rollout), daily system operations & quarterly maintenance
  • Strong Communication skills, bridging gaps between technical and non-technical stakeholders from around the globe
  • CRM, ERP, WMS, SRM and Workday knowledge and hands on experience preferred
  • Bilingual in Mandarin Chinese is a plus
Compensation & Benefits:     
Canadian Solar offers a competitive salary plus fully comprehensive benefits and performance bonus package based on an annual objective achievement. Our generous benefits package includes a 401(k) Retirement Plan, medical/dental/life/disability program, PTO and sick days. This is a full time position.     
The pay range for this position is $170,000 – $210,000. This range represents annual base salary only, without regard to location, and does not include a 20% annual bonuses that pays quarterly or other benefits that may apply. The pay range for this role is subject to change.     
Canadian Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.