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Information Systems Manager - SEEDWAY - Elizabethtown, PA

Date: Nov 6, 2018

LOCATION: Elizabethtown, PA, US, 17022

Company: GROWMARK, Inc.

Seedway is headquartered in Hall, New York with branches in Pennsylvania, Florida, Vermont, Maine, and New York. Seedway has about 220 employees (including seasonal workers) and approximately 15,000 customers. The cooperative does business in farm, vegetable, and turf seed. Seedway is part of the GROWMARK System, an agricultural cooperative serving more than 100,000 customers across North America and Ontario, Canada.




Responsible  for ensuring the streamlined operation of the IT Department in alignment with the business objectives of the organization, as well as provide administrative direction and support for daily operational activities of the IT department





Leads the IT Department in operational and strategic planning, including fostering innovation, planning projects, and organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources.


Manages  the deployment, monitoring, maintenance, development, upgrade, and support of the main application hardware and software; as well as all other IT systems, including servers

PCs, operating systems, hardware, software, peripherals and related security in all environments.


Manages all company communication devices including networks as well as phone systems, lines and numbers.


Manages and ensures effectiveness of security solutions, including firewalls, virus/spyware/malware/etc. detection solutions.


Benchmarks, analyzes, reports on, and make recommendations for the improvement and growth of the IT infrastructure and IT systems.


Oversees end-user services, including help desk and technical support services during normal business hours and on an on call basis.


Works with stakeholders to define business and systems requirements for new technology implementations, and then research and procure such technology solutions.


Oversees and monitors software performance testing on new and existing programs for the purposes of correcting errors, isolating areas for improvement, and general debugging.


Ensures that any new software integrated into company systems meets functional requirements, systems compliance, and interface specifications in accordance with licensing agreements.


Developments of the financial aspects of the IT Department, including purchasing, budgeting, and obtaining required approvals.


Develops business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for IT spending and initiatives throughout the organization.


Approves and oversees projects and project portfolio.





Keeps department current with the latest technologies.


Develops, implements, monitors and maintains all IT policies and procedures, including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing, and service provision.


Negotiates and administers vendor and consultant contracts and service agreements.


Practices asset management for IT hardware, software, and equipment.


Ensures the efficient utilization of IT resources – including personnel and equipment – across the organization.


Establishes and maintains regular written and in-person communications with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent IT activities.





Requires a Bachelor’s degree in the field of computer science and 4 years related work experience.


General technical knowledge of current network hardware, protocols, and standards.


Application support experience with J.D. Edwards and most common Microsoft applications, cloud and mobile technologies.


Proven experience in IT infrastructure planning and development.


Proven professional communication, interpersonal, presentation, and customer service skills.


In-depth knowledge of applicable data privacy and security practices and laws.


Ability to perform general mathematical calculations for the purpose of creating business cases, budgets, and so on.


Demonstrated planning, organization, analytical, diagnostic, and problem-solving skills and the ability to read and interpret technical material.


Proven computer skills and knowledge of Seedway supported software, hardware, peripherals, and IT processes.


Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.


Ability to disassemble desktop computer systems, box them in cartons for shipping, transport them to a vehicle, remove them from the vehicle, unpack them and re-assemble them.





Ability to work hours that extend beyond normal business hours.


Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel independently and overnight, sometimes at short notice.


Occasional inspection of cables in floors and ceilings.


On-call availability for all days per month.

We are an equal opportunity employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Employment may be contingent upon receipt of an acceptable and job-related background check, drug test, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.


Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

Job Segment: Information Systems, Information Technology, IT Manager, Computer Science, Cloud, Technology

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