Possible Contract to Hire - Must be local to Southern California. Urgent need for an IT Director - IBM AS400 - JD Edwards World. Client wants to modernize software and infrastructure. They need the right person to recommend the right tools standardize multi-location data centers. This client needs a "hands-on" IT Director to manage a staff of 3 locally including local IT Manager and 3 and their remote site. Manage several contractors and network support providers and possibly evaluate staffing these needs with in-house technical support. Salary is open, but you must submit your recent salary history with resume. They are also currently seeking to do a joint venture to manufacture in China. You would play an important role determining IT reporting structure and standards for these new ventures. Responsibilities General activities include strategic/tactical guidance, IT hardware/software purchasing and vendor relationship, internal customer service, and cross departmental team work for the support of development/deployment This position reports directly to the CFO Manage and maintain all IT systems and infrastructure, manage a number of proactive projects along with day-to-day IT operations, develop and communicate IT vision and plans, recommend purchase of hardware and software. Internal customer service in support of over 150 people Network Infrastructure: WAN/LAN, Help Desk Support Enterprise applications systems management: JD Edwards (help evaluate upgrade) Manage Telecommunication assets and costs Software/Hardware: Standards, licensing and compliance Vendor relationship management (IT purchasing) Work with General Managers at each of the locations as well as corporate IT to contribute to the continuity of computer services by providing necessary technical leadership and project coordination Provide hands-on troubleshooting and support when required Stay abreast of the latest developments in IT technology while balancing these with the needs of the business Direct information management, budgeting, strategic and tactical planning, and business process re-engineering and database system strategy. Identifies user needs and directs programmers and IT departments to work across all levels of the organization and determine the need for development of new or modified IT systems. Day to day management of IT staff, including Network Admin, Desktop Support, and programmers Maintains and develops technical and troubleshooting skills to keep current in platform Infrastructure. Experience 10+ years of progressive experience in IT technology 3-5 years in a management role BS Degree in computer science Strong work experience with network design, implementation and maintenance, [SQL Server], AS/400 administration, data warehousing, T-comm and JD Edwards applications or other ERP software. Expertise with vendor contract negotiation and project management. Ability to analyze information related to computer technology to assist in directing company management in the selection of software and hardware to meet the needs of the organization E-commerce and transaction experience (they mean EDI for now) Experience in the integration of acquisitions or the successful implementation of a new system Contact: Bob Langieri Director bob@excelsearch.com Visit our web for more opportunities at: www.excelsearch.com Visit our web site for more info.