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DineEquity Director, IT (International) in Glendale, California


The Director, IT (International) must be a hands-on leader and is responsible for organizing, driving, coordinating, and creating the framework for successful execution and development of IT strategy and Business technology for IHOP, Applebee’s, our international business, and shared service. They will lead and direct the activities of the technology team aligned with each Business Unit and across the enterprise to develop the overall and detailed technology strategy in concert with their IT peers.

The Director will partner with other business units, corporate and finance on planning and securing investment funding from the annual capital plan. They are responsible for ensuring consistency and standardization (where appropriate) of the IT Strategy across brands and business areas, along with alignment with overall Dine Brands business strategy. This is a critical role within IT in developing and driving the IT strategy, driving governance and delivery, and creating innovation among the business for the success of the business. People or Process Management Responsibility: responsible for IT strategy and planning for International Business technology.


  • Responsible for aligning technology strategy with Dine Brands and brand business strategy and objectives, working principally with International senior business leadership within the brands and Corporate, CIO, and IT leadership team.

  • Partner with the functional groups within the IT organization to communicate and clarify high-level business needs.

  • Lead and contribute to development of long-range technology solutions roadmap, and ensure products and services are aligned with business needs and all technology solutions are aligned with the Dine Brands business strategy multi-year investment/capital plans and asset creation.

  • Proactively identify opportunities to apply technologies to business processes while demonstrating an understanding of business problems, as well as IT strategies, issues, and priorities.

  • Must be a strategic enabler! Provide strategic analysis and critical thinking to strategies aligned with corporate objectives in defining or designing business processes and researching and identifying enabling technologies based on customer and business requirements.

  • Actively seek ways to apply technology to business processes, researching and providing information on technical trends and competitors' practices relevant to Dine Brands and its brands’ business.

  • Assess near-term needs, establish business priorities; consult with technical subject matter experts and develop alternative technical solutions; advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.

  • Develop technology framework and partner with Architecture team members in creating technology roadmaps.

  • Facilitate development of crossline of business solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques.

  • Work closely with Financial and Project Management teams in the IT teams to prioritize business cases, projects, outline investment criteria, debate investment priority and align technology directions.

  • Create and dynamically update International IT Strategy in alignment with Dine Brands Business Strategy.

  • Work with CIO and IT leadership to document individual application and infrastructure strategies, future state capabilities and industry directions.

  • Design and implement in cooperation with Finance a flexible investment and capital plan forecast to support IT strategy and multi-year implementation approach.

  • Drive alignment with IT and Business units to ensure compliance with current and future business direction and strategy

  • Assist with development of future state application and infrastructure architecture vision in alignment with Architecture team members.

  • Support CIO as needed with strategic presentations and internal/external technology communications.

  • Work with IT PMO to support overall IT Governance process and provide insight into capacity, supply/demand balance and optimal sequencing of portfolio programs.

  • Responsible for communication of progress of work to senior IT and Business leadership.

    Skills & Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Business Administration (or like discipline), or equivalent on-the-job experience

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a business-facing technical role, including significant collaborating with teams working on complex projects and solutions, with demonstrated leadership capabilities

  • Significant experience in developing and leading the critical thinking and creation of IT strategy framework, with proven ability to drive governance and create innovation in IT portfolio (both within application development and infrastructure) for the success of the business

  • Proven ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations and willingness to try different and novel ways to deal with business problems and opportunities

  • Bi-Lingual preferred