Head of IT at AMP Robotics

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Head of IT, 2022-01-25

AMP Robotics is a pioneer and industry leader in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry. We’re working to reimagine and actively modernize recycling by applying AI and automation to increase recycling rates and economically recover recyclables reclaimed as raw materials for the global supply chain. We build and deploy cutting-edge technology solutions that solve many of the central challenges of recycling to make it more efficient, cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable. 

Headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, the Denver Post named AMP one of the 2021 Top Workplaces in Colorado. We’re fostering an environment where talented, driven individuals can grow and create impact. We seek unconventional thinkers to join our mission to enable a world without waste; at AMP, your contributions have meaning and can spur change. With backing from top-tier investors and national recognition including Fortune’s Impact 20, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and Forbes’ most promising AI companies, we’re always seeking ways to better our operations, raising the bar on innovation, and looking to collaborate and improve each day in what we do. Learn more at AMPRobotics.com.

AMP Robotics is hiring a Head of IT to focus on defining, developing, refining, and supporting the core information technologies at AMP Robotics and a rapidly growing team. In this role, you will meet the demands of the daily business and be responsible for scaling IT to continue to meet business needs around network, security, privacy, infrastructure, systems, software applications, databases among others. You will be a highly collaborative business partner focused on building relationships across all departments. The Head of IT will be a focused, results-oriented leader capable of delivering across a number of initiatives all the while ensuring AMP’s security. This role will report to the Director of Software Engineering.

As our Head of IT, you will work to:

  • Implement IT best practices and standards as well as develop, own and execute an information technology strategy and roadmap.
  • Develop, own, and execute on a robust internal customer relationship plan to exceed internal client expectations in a rapid growing environment.
  • Ongoing support of the commercial organization and other remote or field-based employees.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor comprehensive IT security, privacy, and risk management programs including establishing the appropriate policies, training and programs.
  • Propose, manage, and execute against an annual budget and ensure cost effectiveness.
  • Establish and maintain effective governance for IT controls leveraging deep experience in SOX, GxP, Data Protection and other compliance driven requirements.
  • Bring in additional resources as needed to support IT as we scale, fostering a culture of collaboration and support.
  • Continually evaluate new technology trends and assess them for the needs of our business. 
  • Manage 3rd party IT and software Suppliers & Vendors.
  • Audit systems and assess their outcomes.
  • Preserve assets, information security and control structures.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and build the IT Organization including recruiting, hiring, coaching, and developing staff across a range of experience and a range of IT functions/roles.

The successful candidate will have:


  • 8+ years in a technology-related leadership/executive position, including direct people management.
  • Prior experience supporting IT during an organizational growth phase, transitioning from a small to a mid-sized company.
  • Strong functional skill set and experience in information technology, with a demonstrated capability to lead teams spanning Applications Development, IT Support, Network Infrastructure, Cloud and Information Security.
  • Well versed in technical support up to the highest level of escalation, tiers 1-4.
  • Strong technical acumen, leadership, organizational planning, and project management skills.
  • Experience planning, designing and implementing efficient business and system solutions for manufacturing environments .
  • Superior analytical, problem-solving, and cross-functional collaboration/leadership skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership in ambiguous and frequently changing situations.
  • Proven experience delivering multiple complex projects with sometimes competing deadlines.
  • Proven experience managing MSPs, outsourced IT groups, and 3rd party vendors.


  • 7+ years of leadership experience within an information technology capacity. 
  • Prior experience growing and supporting the IT presence during rapid scaling phase.
  • Demonstrated experience with security technologies.
  • Experience owning a budget and setting up a roadmap/plan.
  • Well versed in assessing needs for 3rd party software, deploying said software, and driving adoption of it through an organization.
  • Industry experience in robotics, hardware, manufacturing, and/or high-tech. 
  • Able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with technologies relevant to: 
    • Servers (on-prem and cloud): Windows/Linux Servers, GCP, Azure
    • Storage: SAN, NAS 
    • Firewalls and Security: Sophos, Cisco firewalls
    • Network: Cisco Meraki and Ubiquiti network topologies, high bandwidth fiber networks, site-to-site network design and security
    • Software application support: Netsuite, Salesforce, Atlassian, GSuite, Solidworks, and Slack


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience.


  • 8+ years within an information technology setting. 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus, and ability to accurately see and label color. (remove if not a requirement)

Working Location(s): 

  • Colorado - Louisville, Broomfield, and Denver

Travel Requirements: 

  • Travel across multiple office locations within the Denver-Boulder area.
  • Occasional travel to out of state facilities.


Affirmative Action/EEO Statement: 

AMP Robotics is an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Company will be based on job openings, merit, qualifications, and abilities as required by the position. The Company does not discriminate, and does not permit its employees to discriminate against other employees, applicants, customers, or independent contractors because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation (including gender identity or expression, including a person's orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status, or PeopleCare’s perception thereof)
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Citizenship
  • Military or veteran status
  • Ancestry
  • Age (40 or over)
  • Disability (including genetic information)
  • Or, any other consideration made unlawful by applicable laws. 

Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination. 


Other duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We recognize that there is more to work than the day-to-day responsibilities. In addition to a collaborative, high-performing team environment, we’re pleased to offer competitive base salaries; medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan; paid time off and sick time; flexible work hours; and the opportunity to quickly accelerate your learning and growth.

Salary & compensation information: $160,000 - $175,000 depending on experience

Benefits information:

  • Medical - The company covers up 85% to 100% of the premium for Cigna healthcare plans depending on the selection. Employees pay the difference in premium if they select a more expensive plan. Up to 75% for dependents. 
  • 401(k) retirement plan (non-matching).
  • Seven (7) paid holidays – 7 company designated and 2 floating holidays. (salaried employees only)
  • Referral bonuses for staff positions.
  • Paid Vacation Leave – Accrues at a rate of ~4.67 hours (0.58 days) per pay period (2 weeks) starting day 1. Unused PTO carries over each year with a 1-year limit.
  • Paid Sick Leave – 64 hours per year, given in full on start date, refreshes on anniversary.
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Nestled in the heart of a thriving tech park - complete with brewery and climbing gym! - and adjacent to the quaint downtown of Louisville, Colorado.

An Insider's view of AMP Robotics

What are some social events your company does?

Bringing our team together during Covid has been so easy because everyone genuinely cares about staying connected. We've hosted a socially-distanced trivia night in our parking lot with a drive-in sized projector screen, and have even run a few of our own cooking shows where people followed along from home and learned a recipe through video.


Office and Human Resources Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Supporting remote systems in unforgiving environments across the world is hard work. It requires foresight from the initial stages of a project and a tight, honest feedback loop. I'm proud to be in a group focused on creative and proactive service solutions for our customers to increase the profitability of recycling. It's exciting work!


Robotics Operations Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've always wanted to contribute to something sustainable that I believed in and could be proud of. Working at AMP is a dream not only because I can see the immediate impact of my contribution but because it is a group of hard working, passionate, and lively people I love working with.


Quality Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Recognize you have a lot to offer, yet also a lot to potentially learn—and be open to how and from who you learn, as well as how and who you can teach. Leading with respect for everyone’s different perspectives opens up so many ways we can unify them for the benefit of ourselves, our teams, and the customers we serve.


Production Team Lead

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

AMP strikes a rare balance by melding the pursuit of a mission that benefits the planet with a set of ground-breaking technical challenges. Every difficult project at AMP directly leads to diversion of material from landfills, and as an engineer, that promise naturally ignites a passion for creative invention and determined problem solving.


Mechanical Engineer

What are AMP Robotics Perks + Benefits

AMP Robotics Benefits Overview

AMP Robotics is an exciting place to work, and we have fun at the intersection of recycling, robotics, and artificial intelligence! The company offers employees benefits such as 401k, healthcare insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short term disability coverage, and long term disability coverage. Many of these benefits extend to dependents as well.

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
6 weeks maternity/paternity paid leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
AMP offers two floating holidays that our team can use at their discretion throughout the year. Election Day is also a paid company holiday.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes board games.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch on Friday.
Pet Friendly
AMP welcomes well-behaved pets.
Recreational Clubs
AMP has a number of active social clubs, with outlets for those who like board games, gardening, fly fishing, hiking/climbing 14ers, and many more! We've hosted two virtual cooking demos this year.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

Additional Perks + Benefits

Other stuff we do at AMP:

We recently introduced Zestful, an employee recognition tool. Our team members recognize each other for excellent work through Zestful, tying peer-to-peer recognitions to our core values. Team members accrue points in Zestful that can be used for rewards like HeadSpace subscriptions, meal kit deliveries, books, and even limited-run swag!

We leverage our engagement survey results at AMP. Gathering info from everyone on the team about what they want goes a long way so we can then execute on initiatives to continue to grow AMP in all the best ways.

And we have some pretty awesome weekly all hands meetings!

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