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CoolSys, Inc.
Brea, CA

CoolSys is the parent of a portfolio of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC services companies. Under a new executive leadership team and with the strategic guidance of private equity partner, Audax Group, CoolSys is growing rapidly through acquisition and organic growth. It is the largest company in its space with over 1700 high performing, well-trained field technicians serving more than 3,500 customers around the country. CoolSys provides a full-spectrum of services and energy optimization for mission-critical refrigeration and HVAC systems to customers in retail, DiligentPartners very small logo-BWcommercial, and industrial markets.

Committed to growth and providing high levels of service, CoolSys’ mission is to provide premier solutions and superior quality with a spectrum of services for mission-critical refrigeration and HVAC systems to facilities throughout North America with best-in-class service, technology, and exceptional value. It is their goal to bring that value to everyone with whom they work, from CoolSys operating companies to their customers and their technicians, sales, and operations personnel.

CoolSys takes a holistic approach to helping their customers manage the Total Cost of Ownership of their mission-critical refrigeration & HVAC systems. The company was founded with energy utilization and optimization being primary drivers of their work, and this remains a key part of their culture today. Their offerings cover every stage of a system's life-cycle, including:

  • New system design and installation
  • Remodels 
  • Refrigerant conversions 
  • Repair and Maintenance 
  • Optimization of energy use and system performance.

With expert service providers for every phase of mission-critical refrigeration and HVAC systems, CoolSys’ vast experience across the entire refrigeration and HVAC system value-chain allows them to serve the needs of customers from a broad range of industries. While their roots and reputation are firmly planted in the supermarket refrigeration and HVAC industry, they also serve the needs of leading companies across the commercial, retail, and industrial sectors, including: Supermarkets, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Warehousing, Cold-Storage, Food & Beverage Distributors, Retail, Entertainment, and Educational Institutions.

CoolSys and its operating companies combine nearly 150 years of superior service to cover every stage of mission-critical refrigeration and HVAC Systems. Together they serve customers across the nation with some of the most highly trained technicians, sales, and operations personnel. They are continually looking to expand the CoolSys family with refrigeration and/or HVAC companies that fit the following criteria:

  • Proven track record of solid financial performance
  • A strong brand and a market leadership position in the markets they serve
  • Strong leadership and management team
  • Strong customer relationships
  • A culture that values the importance of each and every employee

The Position – Director of Applications

As a direct report to the Executive Vice President, Information Technology and a key member of the Information Technology (IT) leadership team, the Director of Applications is responsible for leading the team of ten that designs, delivers, integrates and supports all information technology applications for the enterprise.

Given CoolSys’ rapid growth, the near term challenge for the Director of Applications will be to provide acquired companies in CoolSys’ portfolio a single integrated applications solution or an equivalent solution, in phases, until such time as a more permanent multi-entity ERP solution can be selected and implemented. Future focal areas for this role include a new customer portal, IOT, Big Data, analytics, and machine learning opportunities. In addition to managing a small internal team, the Director will leverage outside partners to extend the team’s reach and impact. Working in concert with the EVP, IT and CoolSys’ senior business leaders, the Director of Applications will develop and ensure compliance with corporate standards and IT methodologies used for application selection, implementation, upgrades, support and maintenance. In addition, the Director will work closely with the leadership team within IT to deliver innovative business solutions.

Software Engineering Manager Print

Los Angeles, CA or Plano, TX

Does This Describe You?

  • Extensive skill set and experience in all layers of system architecture (front end, web, middle tier and database), including in integrating data flow from outside systems to internal.
  •  Technically strong and hands-on in Agile development and who leads teams by example 
  •  Knowledgeable and experienced in engineering complex systems integration environments involving large volumes of data.
  • Adept at dealing with performance issues at different layers of complex applications.
  •  4+ years managing medium-sized and complex custom development projects
  •  4+ years of experience architecting and developing business critical and/or web-based applications using .NET, SQL Server, Java frameworks and Open Source tools
  •  Undergraduate degree in IT, Computer Science, Finance, Healthcare discipline, or other relevant areas
  •  You are NOT a job hopper because you enjoy being part of a dynamic culture that stimulates you professionally and celebrates team achievement


O’Neil Digital Solutions (ODS) - The Coolest Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Los Angeles based O’Neil is a leader in providing the marketing communications and publishing needs of major corporations. With a large in-house programming staff, they deliver digital print and web-driven member communication solutions to the Healthcare, Financial, and direct mail markets. ODS has the largest installment of HP digital web presses in the world and are continuing to develop innovative digital finishing and inserting solutions to press the digital revolution forward. They are known for their quality focus and outstanding client service. They have a diverse workforce keeping the focus on their people, trust and teamwork, and they maintain a high degree of integrity while exceeding the expectations of their clients.

The Position: Software Engineering Manager

ODS is looking for an experienced software engineering manager who is hands-on technically and fully knowledgeable in project management techniques, including the use of negotiation skills and influence to drive internal and external projects to completion in a timely and cost-effective manner. At ODS, all software engineering managers have extensive experience in all layers of system architecture (front end, web, middle tier and database), not just one. When working with clients, they all can troubleshoot, by guiding their teams, at all layers. They share an extensive skill set on technology in data and systems integration between different platforms. In addition to possessing these capabilities, the successful candidate will demonstrate high-caliber communication and project reporting skills.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, influence and mentoring for project teams as well as a route of escalation for project related risks and issues. The Manager will drive project related communications to IT leadership, business leadership, and various project and program stakeholders to facilitate project definition, direction, and status, as well as partner with business leaders to achieve the goals of assigned projects.
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The overall responsibility of the CIO is to provide vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the company's information DiligentPartners very small logo-BWtechnology strategy and the computer systems required to support the company's goals. The CIO's job is to innovate, collaborate and balance the Information Services (IS) budget and motivate staff to deliver more effective and cost beneficial enterprise-wide IS outcomes that support the goals of the business.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Ensure information technology is aligned to achieve corporate financial and business initiatives.
  • Define and implement a technology roadmap to leverage horizontal scale across a wide range of technical capabilities to reduce cost. This includes defining metrics to measure results.
  • Support the efficient and uninterrupted operation of extensive manufacturing capabilities across the company.
  • Lead and manage an organization of approximately 170 IT employees ensuring they receive mentoring, coaching, career development, succession planning, performance management, etc.
  • Develop enterprise strategies and budgets to facilitate the systematic and efficient capture, storage, processing, security and dissemination of information.
  • Ensure that the company has an information security program which includes policies and procedures to protect enterprise communications, systems and assets from both internal and external threats.
  • Analyze overall operations of information technology functions and recommend cost effective enhancements to continually improve the systems and provide a return on investment.
  • Develop strategic service provider partnerships which include optimizing cost of services through a mix of internal and external resources.
  • Develop, design, implement and manage new applications and modifications to systems and software.
  • Support the implementation and operation of classified systems for key customers.
  • Develop, implement and certify all back-up, and disaster recovery procedures and plans.
  • Identify emerging information technologies to determine potential value to the company.
  • Develop and maintain the company's infrastructure keeping it online and secure.
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Client Confidential

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, with a dotted line to the Chief Financial Officer, the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is to lead and continually improve the company's architecture and application development strategies, and to build a collaborative partnership DiligentPartners very small logo-BWwiththe company's medical device product development leaders. This person will define the company's technology infrastructure, product architecture and development framework; build a best in class team of engineers and developers, and partner with senior management to set strategic direction for the IT organization. The company's architecture team, as well as the Application Development and Maintenance organization will report to this executive.

This role will design and manage a world-class Architecture and Application Development environment that requires the leadership skills needed to manage a large, complex organization with deep technical skills to manage applications at a strategic level. The CTO will have experience and expertise in building a state of the art architecture environment through rationalization of applications, state of the art data layer, and migration to the cloud.

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and integrate the Architecture and Application Development and Maintenance functions
  • Responsible for the architectural strategy and architecture, design, development, deployment, support, and enhancement of all information technology solutions including a shift towards a PaaS environment
  • Hire, develop, cultivate, and support a team of developers/engineers and foster creative solutions to client problems, using ground breaking technology and methods, with rapid development
  • Drive an integrated build function leveraging Agile and DevOps methodology
  • Oversees the direction for IT's sourcing strategies and effectively manages outsourcing and contractor relationships
  • Works with the senior leaders to develop enterprise standards for IT solutions and simplify and improve the company's application portfolio
  • Analyzes and communicates benefits and risks associated with IT investments and participates in IT governance and decision making, adhering to standards
  • Serves as a mentor and coach for Architecture, Development and Maintenance professionals and is a key thought leader in the latest technologies and industry trends
  • Serves as a change agent and provides leadership and vision
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Consumer Products Company
Southeastern United States

Our client is an innovative, growing home products Company headquartered in the southeastern United States. Armed with popular products and a scrappy determination, they are DiligentPartners very small logo-BWrapidly growing and have an immediate need for an experienced Vice President, Marketing.

The Vice President, Marketing will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will be a key strategic leader for our client. He/she will have responsibility for the development and implementation of brand strategies and initiatives, and will have proven experience in successfully driving commercial results. Working closely with cross-functional leadership in the product development and in sales, he/she will develop strategies/initiatives to drive the growth of the portfolio in existing markets and develop and execute marketing plans for future launches.

Specifically, the Vice President, Marketing will have responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Development, implementation, and oversight of a comprehensive marketing strategy for the Company's portfolio of marketed products across a broad range of customer segments, geographies, and time horizons.
  • Development, execution, and management of a cohesive geographic expansion plan taking into account market potential, regulatory pathways, exclusivity, and strategic alignment. This includes determination of market entry strategies, selection of distributors, and P&L responsibility for the Company's economics.
  • Being a part of the diligence team when assessing late-stage Business Development opportunities in the home electronics/personal electronics markets.
  • Development of market access strategies, coordinating closely with the Vice Presidents of Sales to assure geographical nuances are considered in the course of this process.
  • Expansion of relationships with key opinion leaders and customers to uncover opportunities which enhance product line performance and maximize product line earnings.
  • Hiring and leading Marketing team members, and developing their career growth.
  • Providing leadership for the Market Research and Forecasting functions.
  • Providing collaborative business leadership to all geographies and allied functions, including but not limited to Operations, Manufacturing, Field Sales, Compliance, R&D, Finance, etc.
  • Maintaining industry awareness regarding market trends, competition, product acceptance, and new product releases.
  • Managing relationships with other organizations in the consumer products space, e.g. distributors, consumer advocacy organizations.

The role requires drive, maturity, integrity, ethical behavior and the self-confidence to help build an organization that is recognized for its achievement of superior results. Besides an advanced, related degree, qualifications for this hire will include significant senior level responsibilities in consumer product operations (ideally having included international postings). This individual will have substantial marketing leadership experience and proven success in commercial leadership in the launch of home consumer products. The successful candidate must have the ability to provide strategic input for a variety of programs that will range from development to commercial stage.

Over time this person will develop and execute initiatives to drive the growth of the existing portfolio and assess the market for the key issues that will impact the success of future product launches. This may include external focus on business development, and corporate strategy, working with corporate R&D, legal and other executives, which may include M&A. Over time, he/she may be called upon to work closely with the CEO in presenting to shareholders and the public market, including the banking, analyst and investor community.

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Chief Operating Officer Print

Midsized Hospital

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a key member of the Executive Team at this 200+ bed hospital and trauma center.  In this capacity, the COO is integrally involved in strategic planning and organization-wide decision-making. The COO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).diligent logo black

The COO is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s plan for ensuring the consistent delivery of exceptional care to patients.  This involves developing the organization-wide patient care programs, policies, and procedures that describe how nursing/patient care is assessed, interventions planned and provided, and outcomes evaluated.  The primary responsibility is for the quality of nursing care and is expanded to other clinical entities, thus, ensuring efficient and effective coordination and delivery of patient care services.  The COO plans, directs, and coordinates activities of multiple clinical departments in the medical facility to maintain standards of patient care, and advises CEO in matters related to clinical operations.   This position is responsible for all matters affecting the day-to-day operations of the hospital, as well as in planning for the future, and in establishing community linkages for health improvement.  It is expected that this position participates with leaders of the Board of Directors, Executive Team, management team, and medical staff in planning, promoting, and conducting hospital-wide quality assessment and performance improvement activities.

Vice President, Finance Print
Global Consumer Products Manufacturer
Our client, a leading manufacturer based in Indiana, with plants in Brazil, Singapore and Taiwan, is looking for a VP of Finance who will drive efficiency improvements along a freshly designed value chain based on a sound understanding of all business processes. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination of all company financial decisions and product line analysis, assure financial reporting accuracy, and will be the DiligentPartners very small logo-BWbusiness partner for the President and the others in the executive leadership team for all strategic decisions of the company.
Primary responsibilities include:
  • Be a core member of the management team.
  • Track and improve benchmarks and reports for measuring the financial and operating performance.
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results by product line.
  • Oversee the accounting and HR departments including shared service center.
  • Assure the accuracy of all financial reports.
  • Coordinate the preparation of financial forecasts.
  • Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and product line decisions.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal financial and tax reporting requirements.
  • Identify and drive efficiency improvements in sales, operations, logistics and finance.
  • Drive and coordinate capital employed/working capital improvement projects.
  • Identify potential savings and coordinate resulting projects.
  • Coordinate and support internal audits. 


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