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Associate IT Specialist

Phoenix, Arizona

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We're growing at a faster pace than we ever have before, investing heavily in cutting-edge technology and, more importantly, our people. Our PetSmart IT team isn't just its own department; they are valued business partners to every area of our company. At every level, our IT associates are empowered to come up with the innovative ideas that have strategic impacts on the business. You'll take pride in the work that you do and the "why" behind it all - for the love of pets.

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About the Team:

It’s an exciting time in technology, and that buzz is felt throughout PetSmart! We are continuing to grow at a faster pace and we want to continue to provide best-in-class experiences for pets and pet parents. Our IT team has 4 different departments: IT Solutions, IT Service Delivery, Business Enablement, and Commerce & Customer Engagement. Whether it’s online or in our stores, the work that the IT team does is instrumental in PetSmart’s success. We have a strategic and actionable plan underway and are looking for associates who are just as excited about it as we are.

Click here to meet Mike Goodwin, PetSmart’s CIO 

About the Job:

Associate IT Specialist

The IT Specialist provides front line IT technical support for user generated requests and incidents related to PETSMART devices, computers, software / hardware, networks and production environments. This includes incident / problem triage, analysis, documentation, remote support, and remote eyes/hands for higher tiered analysis. In order to assist PetSmart end users, the IT Specialist must possess the IT technical knowledge required for troubleshooting and the customer service skills to interact with individuals who are experiencing technical problems with IS services.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide tiered support for call in or email generated incidents and tasks. Manage the incidents or tasks using the incident management, Knowledge Base and request fulfillment processes, in line with Service Desk objectives. Maintain all entered activity data for timeliness, accuracy, relevancy, escalation and status.
  • Perform complex, multi-step functions via documentation or verbal, record/report findings or gaps, escalate as needed. Functions include, but are not limited to: Disk Imaging, New Hire Setup, file transfers, application install/upgrade/patch, explaining needed steps to end users and cable re-seating. This could involve leading these actions via phone.
  • Propose and create new documentation and make modifications to existing if needed. Leverage knowledge management system for incident resolution.
  • Utilize problem solving skills to diagnose to resolve incidents via on-site and remote functions such as:
    o Software/Firmware: patch/install/deinstall/upgrade/downgrade
    o Hardware: repair/replace/upgrade/install/deinstall

On Call and Off Hour Coverage required; Other Duties as required.

1 to 3 years experience of basic computer and/or network support required.

Knowledge & Skills:
• Customer Service Orientation
• Microsoft Suite knowledge 
• Knowledge of trouble ticket systems
• Ability to troubleshoot device level hardware issues to cause
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to follow documented process steps
• Stress tolerance
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Basic understanding of computer terminology, end user computer devices and network types (including mobile devices)
• Familiarity with incident ticketing processes

Preferred: Experience with Service Now (not a must have)

About the Culture:

Our home office offers outstanding amenities in a fun and rewarding workplace including:

  • Pet friendly environment, bring your pets to work!
  • A work-life balance and family events such as movie nights, art events and holiday festivals
  • “Top Dog” gym with equipment, fitness classes, massage therapists and personal trainers
  • “Sit & Stay” Café serving fresh breakfast and lunch options
  • Starbucks cart—productivity at its finest!
  • “Lil’ Paws” learning center and onsite daycare facility
  • Volunteer events with PetSmart Charities
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Pets keep us young and engaged in so many ways. So helping pet parents get what they need for their pets in the digital age is why I love my job. Even when work gets crazy, everywhere you look, there is a dog or cat who's ready to play. It's the perfect stress relief.

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We are the largest pet specialty retailer with no plans to slow down. We enjoy being top dog and we are constantly evolving with our customers. Oh, and we have puppies and kittens and fish and turtles and hamsters — whichever pet makes you smile, you’ll see them here at our home office!


Technology is ever-changing and our teams need to be able to grow and change just as quickly. That’s why we’ve created a Continuous Associate Transformation (CAT!) Program specifically for the IT team. Whether you want to grow your career by learning new skills or gain leadership experience, PetSmart provides an engaging environment and an actionable plan to support your growth.


We’re growing at a faster pace than ever before. We are building, automating, simplifying, and innovating technology that impacts millions of pets and pet parents. The best part? We don’t have to wait months or years to see changes. We are implementing change RIGHT NOW and it motivates us to keep going.


Seriously, why not? We can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t love it here. What are you waiting for?!

Benefits / Perks

  • Healthcare:

    Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Compensation:

    Performance Bonus, 401k Match, Deferred Compensation

  • Paid Time off:

    Vacation, Sick,Volunteer

  • Education:

    Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development, Online Learning

  • Amenities:

    Dog Park, Fitness Center, Cafe

  • Family support:

    Onsite Childcare, Wellness Programs, Adoption Assistance

  • Employee Assistance:

    Financial Planning, Legal Assistance, Disaster Relief

  • Other Perks:

    Associate Discount, Relocation Assistance, Family Events

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We value the diversity in knowledge, experience, and education that our candidates bring to PetSmart. However, those aren’t the only things that make our teams successful. Take a look at just a few of the traits we look for when hiring new associates.


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