AKIRA Director of Technology Services

In 2002, AKIRA opened the doors to its first women's clothing boutique in Chicago. Since then, the company has extended its reach to 35+ stores across the United States, as well as a thriving eCommerce business (shopAKIRA.com.) AKIRA is extremely well-poised for sustained growth as we continue to build a nationally recognized brand.


AKIRA’s culture has one very large, distinct difference from other high fashion competitors: Fanatical, Obsessive Attention to the consumer’s needs and desires. The core principle for all employees at AKIRA is to Act and Think Like an Owner, and this belief can be reflected across all areas of the company.


The Position

Director of Technology Services



Chicago, IL (On-site)




The Director of Technology Services will lead and oversee all technology-related operations at Akira, encompassing both the corporate office and all retail stores nationwide. This role demands strategic IT planning, robust management of retail and corporate technology, and an overarching vision to integrate technology solutions across diverse operational environments.



Essential Functions:

Comprehensive Technology Oversight:

  • Direct all aspects of technology, including retail store systems, corporate IT, network infrastructure, cybersecurity, and POS systems
  • Ensure high availability, performance, and security of all technology systems
  • Own all technology support operations

Retail Technology Management:

  • Oversee technology in retail environments, including POS, digital signage, inventory systems, and customer-facing technologies
  • Manage technology deployment for new store openings and upgrades

Corporate IT Strategy and Infrastructure:

  • Develop and maintain robust corporate IT infrastructure, including data centers, cloud services, and internal communication networks
  • Implement and oversee corporate-wide IT policies, security protocols, and compliance standards

Vendor Management and Procurement:

  • Negotiate and manage contracts with technology vendors and service providers
  • Oversee procurement and configuration of technology equipment and software

Team Leadership and Development:

  • Lead a diverse team of IT professionals, fostering an environment of growth and innovation
  • Promote a culture of excellence in customer service and technical support

Budget and Resource Allocation:

  • Manage the IT budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources and cost-effective solutions
  • Drive technology investments that align with strategic business goals



  • Bachelor's/Master's degree in Computer Science, IT, or related field
  • 8+ years in IT management, with significant experience in a multi-site retail environment
  • Proven track record in managing retail and corporate IT infrastructures
  • Strong leadership, strategic planning, and communication skills


Diversity & Inclusion:

At AKIRA we believe that treating everyone in a first-class manner is essential to fostering an inclusive environment that reflects our values and our community. This is deeply rooted in our company's principles, culture, and fashion. We continuously strive to cultivate a company where employees feel a sense of belonging and contribute to a culture that values differences, ideas, and experiences. Our unique workforce is directly linked to our success and makes us stronger collectively.


Benefits and Perks:

AKIRA offers competitive benefits for full time employees, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Pet, Life, LTD, FSA/HSA/Dependent Care FSA, Flex Transit (CTA), 401(k), and employee discount. We are committed to encouraging internal development and providing significant career enrichment opportunities. Most importantly, what has propelled AKIRA’s growth and success over the years has been the dynamic culture within the company - if you’re filled with passion, have a strong desire to get things done, and if you want to go to a place where you know your work matters and where you can implement your ideas and decisions, then AKIRA just might be the place for you.


Job Type: Full Time

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