Domino's Pizza makes tech-focused pitch to potential employees
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
The Ann Arbor Township-based pizza delivery chain, which occupies more than 220,000 square feet in the Domino’s Farms Office Park, hosted its first technology open house on Tuesday night.
The event was intended to show potential employees all that Domino’s has to offer — from the decked-out offices to the company’s various technology projects.
“The challenge for my team is trying to find great talent in southeast Michigan,” Rob Kennedy, Domino’s Pizza’s Manager of Talent Acquisition and Recruiting, told a group of about 100 attendees.
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“I’m hoping that between the behind-the-scenes tour or the presentations, that you’re walking out with a few nuggets of ‘wow’ moments,” he added.
As Domino’s Pizza continues to boost its sales and store count, the company has redoubled its efforts on technology. Among its efforts:
- The company introduced iPhone and Android applications, which together, have been downloaded 6 million times. Kelly Garcia, Domino’s Vice President of Enterprise Software Development, said digital ordering is now available in about half of the 70 countries where Domino’s operates.
- Domino's reached $1 billion in digital sales from April 2011 to April 2012, a company milestone.
- Domino’s introduced the online Pizza Tracker, which allows customers to follow the progress of their order as it’s being made and delivered.
- The company built and operates its own point-of-sales system.
- With the Domino’s Pizza website averaging more than 2.4 million visitors each week, web analytics is “huge” for the company, Garcia said.
“Technology really empowers the business,” said Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Added Mike Davis, Domino’s Vice President of Enterprise Software Development: “Technology can drive sales up, costs down and make customers happy.”
Vasconi said there about 170 employees in the technology division at the company’s headquarters, and there are about 15 job openings. He said web developers are among the most challenging positions for Domino’s to fill.
Openings include: front end web developer, enterprise software developer, java developer, application architect, mobile developer, technical delivery manager, infrastructure engineer, IT security, technical help desk and web developer.
The IT department will also have about eight internship positions this summer.
“We’re big into internships; it’s a great program for us,” Vasconi said. “We have interns that have built products for us, we have interns that have worked in our data center. There is no limitation on what an intern can do.”
Vasconi ended his pitch to attendees by encouraging college students to stay in Michigan after graduation.
“Where are you going to go work? With the Googles and the Amazons and the Apples and the Microsofts? They’re all great companies but you can also stay in Michigan and work for Domino’s.”
- Visit careers.dominos.com for information on job openings and to apply online.