Director of IT

Did you know that over 30% of fresh produce grown in the world goes to waste and never reaches consumers?

Founded in 2015, Hazel Technologies Inc. is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to extend the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce in the global supply chain. The Chicago-based early-stage agricultural technology company is on a mission to reduce food waste. Shippers, growers, and retailers are always looking for new ways to ship food further, enter new markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at the retail level. Hazel Technologies’ products address these needs by adding significant and measurable value throughout our customer’s food supply chains.

Hazel Technologies is searching for an experienced and self-motivated information technology (IT)  professional to manage our IT systems, processes, and procedures, while also contributing to the development and execution of the organization’s strategic goals.

Position Description:

The Director of Information Technology will report directly to the Vice President of Finance. This position will have the following areas of responsibilities: develop and manage IT systems, policies, and procedures; plan and direct electronic data operations; and ensure security of information systems. Candidates must have proven experience as an IT leader with deep knowledge of hardware, software, network, and security systems as well as experience successfully managing a dispersed team of IT professionals.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, control, and evaluate IT and electronic data operations.
  • Design, develop, implement, and coordinate IT systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensure security of all company data, network access, and backup systems.
  • Manage workstations, network hardware, and other IT hardware.
  • Manage IT staff by recruiting, training, and coaching employees, communicating job expectations, and appraising their performance.
  • Partner across the business to support IT needs and initiatives.
  • Manage relationships with external service providers.
  • Identify problem areas and implement solutions in a timely manner.
  • Audit systems and assess their outcomes in support of the company’s goals.
  • Manage IT assets, information security, and control structures.
  • Manage annual IT budget and ensure cost effectiveness.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements:

  • BS in Computer Science, MIS, or similar; or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years of work experience, including managing an IT team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical system management, information security management, computer and network hardware, and desktop and cloud software solutions.
  • Hands-on experience with computer networks, network installation, and network administration.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent service-oriented interpersonal skills.

How to Apply:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Haze Technologies is an equal opportunity employer, committed to our diversity and inclusiveness. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

About Hazel Technologies, Inc.: Hazel Technologies is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech® services over 100 of the world's largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of "Best Sustainable Packaging" at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company's patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs including UC Davis, Cornell University, and Oregon State University. In 2020, Hazel treated over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste. For more information, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.