IT Manager Continuous Improv BP | Business Partner, Industrial / OT

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
April 9, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 07240

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

IT Manager Continuous Improv BP | Business Partner, Industrial / OT

Job Summary


Imerys is a world leader in creating specialty solutions that improve everyday life through minerals. Our success is built on our people, and creating an environment where our 17,500 employees around the globe can thrive.

We passionately believe that our teams are at their best when they have the opportunity to learn, collaborate and find new ways to solve our customers’ challenges, no matter what part of the business they are in.

Early 2018, Imerys has launched an ambitious internal transformation program to foster efficiency within the group: MAKE IT #1. MAKE IT#1 Group wide digital transformation is reshaping Imerys Digital landscape, encompassing 5 pillars: a set of common language and processes, a global ERP Core Model S4/Hana based, a common collaboration platform (GNOC, GSOC, unified WAN) and a common unified IT organization.

MAKE IT #1 aims at:

  • Implementing common IT processes and tools,
  • Harmonizing & rationalizing the IT landscape (processes, infrastructure and applications),
  • Supporting existing programs and preparing the future (Industrial, Commercial Excellence, etc...)

In order to enable seamless development and roll out of these new tools and processes, Imerys IT is evolving, in 2021, from an IT with strong regional platforms, to a more global organization, to enable a strategic & consistent partnership with the BAs & functions as well as simplifying and harmonizing the IT landscape.

The purpose of the IT Business Partner Continuous Improvement is to:

  • Contribute to the efficiency and performance of the BA(s)/Function(s) he/she is in charge of
  • Ensure the priorities of the business partner are managed properly by providing solutions aligned with the IT policy and Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Promote and implement IT solutions to bring value to the BA(s)/Function(s) and contribute to reaching its objectives
  • Be a prescriptor and advocate for global IT solutions (security, data, architecture, …).
  • Roll out Flagship solutions as part of the Industry 4.0 program
  • Global package based on flagship
  • Individual flagship solutions
  • Develop Imerys position around OPC UA
  • user community
  • Developments around ML & AI
  • Publish Industrial solutions to the Imerys catalog in compliance with Imerys Strategy
  • Foster innovation
  • Reinforce Imerys IT OT strategy around open standard


  • team of 4 employees
  • number of projects : 15 on annual basis
  • 20 to 30 stakeholders : industrial VPs direct reports, Continuous Improvement direct reports
  • Geographical scope: Global
  • budget to manage : 4 millions program yearly CAPEX
  • End-to-end IT service delivery to the OT Continuous Improvement organization, including project oversight, roll-out and on-going support. Specifically but not limited to programs such as Flagship initiatives, Industry 4.0 technologies and OT Lab set-up, maintenance and support


Interface between IT and the Business

  • Develop a deep knowledge of the BA(s)/Functions(s) business and build positive relationships.
  • Educate business partners about IT processes, roles, and capabilities.
  • Establish communication processes and channels across business functions.

Business Partner

  • Partner with business leadership to plan new joint initiatives aligned with corporate strategy, evaluate proposals, and determine how they fit into business capability roadmaps and priorities.
  • Develop project portfolio based on business strategic plan.
  • Advocate for awareness and focus on business partner strategic plans.
  • Partner with enterprise architecture to develop and maintain multi-year business capability roadmaps.
  • Identify and integrate business partners' long-range plans into business capability roadmaps and priorities, as appropriate.

Solution Provider

  • Focus on business value rather than solutions to develop ideas, including digital awareness, risk assessments, business continuity, and business capability requirements.
  • Be creative and innovative with regards to your knowledge and awareness of industry trends and digital advances as they relate to new opportunities and business needs.

Budget Management and Execution

  • Own the BP functional operating and project/program budget, and perform accurate budgeting and forecasting across operations and projects or programs.
  • Partner with the project/program/portfolio management organization (PMO) to ensure a healthy and well-managed initiative portfolio.
  • Ensure projects and initiatives progress, including consistent and effective communication. This includes managing escalation and avoiding risk.
  • Measure and communicate business value realized with the business partner on a periodic basis.


  • Build and manage the IT BP teams to ensure convergence and strategic partnering with the BA(s)/Functions(s) teams.
  • Coordinate all IT teams to ensure proper support for the BA(s)/Functions(s) day-to-day operations.
  • Diagnose individual and group competence, identifying skill needs and skill gaps.
  • Review training and development options and select appropriate methodology taking into account the individual, program and business requirements.
  • Coach and/ or mentor individuals and teams to address development needs.
  • Manage supplier and sub-contractors’ relationship with the help of other functions (Purchasing, Legal)
  • Transition OT applications to the Group OT Applications team once adoption reaches critical mass.
  • Establish standards, best practices and frameworks to attain short and long term goals and vision.
  • Plan and schedule Continuous Improvement systems DRP tests participation for the application portfolio in conjunction with the respective business stakeholders and IT infrastructure teams.


Education and Experience requirements

  • 4 years' higher education – Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Automation or related Engineering field .
  • 5+ years of functional experience in IT, with management responsibilities.
  • 5+ years of experience facilitating the development and implementation of business initiatives and projects, based on management objectives
  • Strong knowledge of:
  • IT Infrastructure and cybersecurity principles in Industrial and IT Networks.
  • Industry 3.0, Industrial IT architecture & technologies
  • Familiar with:
  • Industry 4.0 technologies such as Industrial data collection, data contextualization,OPC UA modelisation, IIOT, Big Data analysis/cloud computing, augmented reality, simulation, robotics and drones.
  • Business systems such as ERP and CMMS and their interaction with industrial networks.
  • Has previously held positions requiring an overall perspective of structure, strategy, issues, etc.


  • The employee uses computer and telephone equipment. Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision.
  • Travel as required: Up to 40%
  • Imerys is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.