Director of IT and Engineering

Orlando, FL

Post Date: 11/07/2017 Job ID: 10583193 Industry: DOD - Simulation and Training Jobs
Our client is looking for a strong Technology and Software/Firmware engineering manager and developer, who has a proven history inspiring their team to produce high-quality enterprise software applications and integrated product platforms while contributing as a senior software/firmware/hardware engineer themselves. The ideal candidate will be familiar with DOD and Milspec Software and Hardware Product standards - and Active Secret Clearance is a preferred but not required. Reporting directly to the President, you will drive architecture and development, managing a small team focused on maintaining and enhancing existing software/firmware/hardwrae product platforms and leading the R&D efforts on new product and software upgrades.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate specific experience as an agile development " player-coach” leading teams that consistently balance the need for innovation and creativity with the need to ship working product at the end of every sprint. Your managers, executive sponsors and teammates alike will describe you as a strong but fair leader, an exceptional software engineer who leads through example and earns respect through talent and performance, and as someone who is equally as adept at managing up as you are at managing down. Your product owners will think of you as someone who is careful making promises and adept at negotiating scope, budget, and timelines - but also as someone who delivers as promised when you do make a commitment.
Some Challenges You' ll Tackle
  • Communicating with leadership, product owners, other technologists, and users to create working software based on an understanding of business and technical priorities
  • Actively contributing to the adoption of strong software architecture, development best practices, and new technologies.
  • Balancing innovation with smart use of 3rd party tools and libraries (battling " not-invented-here syndrome”)
  • Enabling other technical teams, including technical pre-sales, consulting and marketing

Key Leadership Attributes:
  • At least five (5) years experience managing agile development teams
  • DOD/Milspec Standards and Software/Product Delivery exp
  • Active Secret Clearance is a plus
  • Experience working with/directly for an executive (President/CTO/CEO)
  • A history of building products (software/firmware products) that run in customer environments
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving
Key Technical Attributes:
  • Experience building highly scalable enterprise-class software
  • JAVA/C++/C# development background
  • Agile/Scrum team leadership
  • Project Management and knowledge of leading Product Development
  • Automated testing (unit, integration, load, stress)
  • Comfortable working with Product Manufacturing, Quality, Product Integration
  • Linux, Windows, OS X

Tracy Dickerhoff

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