Global Information Technology (IT) Director


Company Description

Brooks Instrument (, an industry leader in flow and pressure instrumentation for critical applications, is seeking candidates for a Global Information Technology (IT) Director.  This position is based out of our headquarters facility in Hatfield, PA (Suburban Philadelphia).  The company has manufacturing, sales and service offices located around the world.  Our products are used in laboratory and process applications in end markets such as: life sciences, petrochemical, semiconductor, LED, alternative energy, and analytical instruments.

Brooks is a division of ITW (Illinois Tool Works), a fortune 200 company.  ITW is one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses.  The company has Information Technology in 51 countries and employs approximately 45,000 employees.  These talented employees, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to ITW’s global leadership in innovation.  The company is proud of its broad portfolio of almost 20,000 active patents, and is focused on fully leveraging its highly differentiated business model to deliver solid growth with consistent best-in-class margins and return on capital.

Job Description

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President & General Manager, this role is responsible for management of all aspects of information technology at Brooks Instrument to include setting the vision and direction enabling the Division to achieve strategic technology and business objectives using the ITW 80/20 IT Framework.  The Global IT Director will provide leadership for the people and systems that support business processes, along with communication and networking tools. This leader will also ensure the proper evaluation, development, implementation, operation, and monitoring of company and corporate technology and information systems globally.  This will include but is not limited to: hardware and software selection and purchases, project management of system implementations, and overseeing the general operations and cyber security of Brooks information assets.  This position will work closely with and interface with members of Brooks management team to provide business justifications and drive system implementations.  He / She will manage, direct, and implement the IT strategic plan and objectives needed to support the various business activities at Brooks Instrument.  They will work via internal matrix management relationships with key business unit and support functions.  The use of Continuous Improvement Processes (CIP) and Key Performance Metrics (KPM’s) will be required to ensure consistent achievement of business targets.  Most importantly, the Global IT Director is responsible for building, coaching and developing a strong team that can help the company to achieve both short and long-term objectives of the organization.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee global team of experienced internal IT professionals along with external consultants
  • Oversee support of primary business systems and functional applications to include ensuring effective application, network, and equipment helpdesk support.
  • Provide leadership for developing short and long-range planning roadmap for all technology initiatives. 
  • Translate long-range strategic objectives into executable near-term actions as they pertain to establishing project budgets, resource plans, milestones, tracking metrics, and success measures.
  • Own project leadership for cross-functional execution of global IT initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience working with business leaders and functional resources to understand the needs of the business and deliver technology solutions that meet those needs.
  • Manage company’s IT capital investment requirements as part of broader goal to enhance standards, policies and practices related to the development and purchase of equipment, software, and related media.  
  • Negotiate, evaluate, and manage IT-related consulting and software maintenance agreements
  • Responsible for oversight and compliance for the Brooks Instrument IT cyber security program.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies to evaluate new solutions and assess their relevance or potential value to the organization
  • Own IT disaster recovery plan in conjunction with the business continuity plan
  • Provide the management team with business justifications associated with strategic projects and programs which will drive efficiency by integrating technology as part of an overall continuous improvement program.
  • Hire, coach, mentor, and develop talent within Brooks in accordance with current department requirements and anticipated future needs.  This includes being well-versed in industry standards in technology integration, computer skills curriculum, and understanding business issues and opportunities. 
  • Collaborate with other Brooks and ITW leaders to enable robust career paths, and build a diverse, high performing organization.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for Brooks Instrument information related to trends, research, applications, and effective dissemination of information via technology.
  • Actively oversees Cyber Security and Risk and ensures appropriate activities are identified and resources deployed for the risk level.  This entails ensuring the Division complies with the Corporate ITW Cybersecurity Framework by utilizing standard enterprise security tools and procedures.
  • Use the ITW Toolbox (80/20, USa, etc.) to analyze the Division’s processes and identify simplification opportunities. Work with leadership end-users to implement simplification solutions.


Ideal Experience

  • Professional Experience – 10+ years of IT leadership experience at the mid to upper management level.  Prior experience managing budgets and developing operational and strategic plans to include fostering innovation, planning projects, and organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources.
  • Education: Undergraduate degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or a related field of study from an accredited college is required.  Advanced degree in business or an IT related program is preferred. 
  • Leadership – Proven experience building and developing high performing teams.  Proficiency leading and motivating teams to achieve stated objectives.  Significant cross-functional, project or technical leadership experience with demonstrated results is strongly desired
  • Functional Experience – A recognized expert in IT systems and practices with a comprehensive understanding of technology, business application, and architecture for manufacturing and business support systems.  This should include 5+ years’ experience with multiple ERP platforms including implementation and production support.
  • Project Management – Strong background in system development and implementation lifecycles.  Proven track record of successfully managing cross-functional projects to include global ERP introductions.
  • Industry Experience – Demonstrated experience working in an IT leadership capacity supporting the needs of internal and external customers in a manufacturing environment.
  • Communications – Excellent communications skills, both verbal and in writing, required.  This should include demonstrated proficiency with facilitation and team leadership.
  • Travel – Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Technology – In addition to education and leadership experience, there should be excellent practical knowledge with the latest technology systems, tools, and trends:

Critical Competencies for Success

  • Constructive Team Leader – Leads by example and makes those around them better. Should be inclusive, hands-on, strategic, articulate, energetic, accountable, decisive, and hard working.  A positive motivator who encourages and persuades, and an excellent team builder who knows how to attract talent, remove obstacles without alienating others, train, manage, reward, recognize, and retain a world class team.
  • Strategy & Planning – Partner with VP/GM and actively participate with leadership team in strategy development and operational planning for the Division to include support of creation of long-range and annual plan development.  Identifies implications for IT strategy along with recommendations to support longer-term business growth.
  • Drive for Results – An action-oriented customer service oriented individual who, at the same time, is the consummate team player who can effectively negotiate with others to achieve win-win outcomes.  Steadfastly pushes self and others for results and can be counted on to routinely exceed goals successfully.
  • Technical Proficiency – Must have proven success in developing and implementing IT systems and should have demonstrated ability to manage and lead a team of highly skilled internal and external resources to ensure that the company is delivering on IT objectives.
  • Excellent Communication Skills – Maintains an open flow of user friendly two-way communication, exhibiting strong verbal, written and presentation skills, stating expectations clearly and being visible to all stakeholders.  Exhibits executive presence in front of both internal and external audiences.  Being a good listener is a critical success factor.
  • Strategic Agility – Anticipates future consequences and trends and articulates credible pictures of possibilities.  Knowledgeable and future oriented with a focus on developing breakthrough strategies leveraging IT to be exploited to maximize business value.
  • Organizational Agility – Knowledgeable about how organizations work, and figures out how to prioritize get things done through formal and informal channels amongst colleagues at all levels of the organization.  Organized multi-tasker who uses time and resources efficiently and effectively to manage multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal.

Additional Information

Our employees enjoy competitive, merit-based salary plus excellent benefits including:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance / Short and Long Term Disability
  • 401K plan with generous company match
  • Vacation, personal days and holidays
  • Continuing education reimbursement program
  • Flexible spending accounts 

The opportunity to join a well established (70 + years in business) yet dynamically changing organization that works together as a team to meet the challenges of satisfying customers’ needs and managing rapid growth to better compete in a global marketplace.

ITW Company Overview

ITW was built on innovation and the strength of new ideas. These values have helped us expand into multiple platforms in nearly 60 countries. But at each of our businesses, the independent entrepreneurial spirit and freedom to innovate remain strong. It’s the highly talented people at ITW businesses all over the world who drive our success through new products and customer driven solutions. Together, we are ITW—a Fortune 200 company that has prospered for 100 years, and changed the way people live and work, all over the world.

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Brooks Instrument is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without required to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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