Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Ins Co

  • IT Operations Manager

    Job Locations US-KY-Louisville
    Posted Date 4 days ago(8/19/2019 7:30 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    Improves business processes and supports critical business strategies by managing the continuous systems availability to the enterprise.  In close coordination with IT Leadership, this position will lead the transformation of IT systems processes dedicated to providing continuous, day-to-day operation of all Server, Mainframe, Network, Integrated Batch processing, Backup/Restore, Data Center infrastructure, and Production Print services. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Performs a variety of tasks.  Leads and directs the work of others.  A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.


    Support the strategic mission of the IT function as it relates to goals for the organization.

    Demonstrate a positive supportive attitude of company and departmental goals.

    Direct the utilization of staff, facilities, and information resources to achieve company and departmental objectives on time and within budget.

    Manages vendor relationships to include contract proposal, negotiations, and renewals. Ensures vendors provide services as agreed while continually managing costs.

    Directs the resolution of complex or unusual problems for the functional area supported by their team.

    Executes business strategies consistently to improve efficiency and effectiveness of assigned operations.

    Develop and maintain a staff that is professional, service oriented, and well trained, by having honest conversations with everyone to provide positive reinforcement, as well as, opportunities for growth and development.

    Lead the team by maximizing each person’s ability to make a positive impact.

    Conduct performance reviews for staff, including professional development plans and goals in a timely and effective manner.

    Review and make recommendations for merit adjustments and promotions that are based on performance.

    Participate with other IT Leaders in reviewing applications, interviewing, and hiring the best possible candidates for the department.

    Monitor and enforce strict change management disciplines and procedures to ensure approved, methodical, and recorded changes to the IT Infrastructure.

    Continuous Disaster Recovery (technical recovery) readiness.

    Manage backup tape rotation ensuring tapes are moved to secure off-site storage per policies.

    Demonstrates by practice a commitment to IT guiding principles, strategies and values ensuring they are incorporated into department deliverables.

    Develops leadership by delegating authority and responsibility while maintaining ultimate accountability.

    Helps drive the development of overall objectives, policies, control techniques, standards and operating procedures for IT.

    Leads by example demonstrating the KFB Guiding Principles in daily work, decision making, and management.

    Contribute to connectivity effort by maintaining communication and acts as a liaison within the Information Technology department and other business areas.

    Regular, predictable attendance as employee must physically be in the office.

    This list is not all inclusive and may be supplemented as necessary.


    OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                             

    Effectively build a network of contacts at all levels within the organization.

    Provide exceptional customer experiences by understanding and anticipating customer needs.

    Manage relationships in ways that promote service and support the organization.

    Serve as a role model and leader to those in IT and throughout the organization.

    Provides clear, concise information to others in verbal, written, and electronic forms of communication.

    Work with IT Leadership and Human Resources with regards to staffing and employee needs.

    Advise the IT Leadership team on progress of projects, plans, and personnel as well as keeping them informed of any production outages or concerns.

    Conduct regular status and team meetings.

    Participate in conducting IT Systems meetings.

    Participate and contribute to the corporate and departmental budget/ planning processes.

    Maintains and applies an awareness of industry trends and emerging technologies.

    Lead Technical support teams.

    Drive wider IT adoption of ITIL practices.

    Realize the criticality of the systems to the operation of the business customers and drives a proactive culture of maximum system availability, continuous uptime, and SLA achievement.

    Incident Management as part of a 24x7 on-call team rotation.


    JOB SPECIFICATIONS                                                                                          ______                      

    Physical demands: Sitting; Normal vision/hearing with or without correction; Speaking.

    Mental demands: Ability to work under time pressure and stress; Analysis, decision making and organizational skills; Ability to handle multiple, concurrent projects; prolonged concentration; Ability to provide consultation on after hours production problems.

    Environmental factors: Standard office lighting, temperature, and noise.

    Equipment:  Personal Computer; Telephone; Printer; Copier.


    Bachelor's degree.

    Five or more years’ experience in the information technology field with demonstrated leadership skills.

    Collaborative and communicative work style is a must.

    Experience on multiple platforms is desired.

    Experienced in administrative management, supervisory techniques, resource management, budgeting and planning.

    Strong communication skills (written, verbal, and listening).

    Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams.

    A broad, high level understanding of software technologies.

    System backup and disaster recovery experience is desired.


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