Director, Software Engineering - Enterprise Components

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Automotive

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As part of the Cox Automotive family, Inventory Software Solutions (ISS) is building a connected suite of software solutions and services to help automotive dealers thrive in todays competitive online environment. From vehicle inventory acquisition to vehicle merchandising and pricing to vehicle syndication to all of a dealer’s digital footprint. Our Teams Cox Automotive’s ISS team, vAuto, based out of Austin, TX, is comprised of versatile, hardworking, and creative thinkers with diverse skill sets, who can adapt to the rapid changes in the automotive and technology industries. Our professionals are committed to changing the way people shop for and purchase vehicles through our connected digital software solutions. The Job We are looking for a passionate senior leader who can join the leadership team that will evolve the Inventory Software Solutions team to the next level enterprise software development.  The Director is a leader who can effectively guide and build teams to be successful by fostering an environment of trust, innovation, collaboration, and high-performance. This person must have enterprise software development experience and apply it to knock down technical, cultural, or organizational impediments, mentor lead technical staff, and collaborate with other product, architecture and engineering leaders to develop a healthy organization. The Director should have a passion for delivering results through new technologies and processes which will deliver better software to our customers. Reporting to the VP of Engineering for the Inventory Software Solution Group, the Director of Engineering is a part of a strategic organization tasked with building new enterprise components aligned to new solutions as part of the growth plans of Cox Automotive.  The Director will work closely with Engineering Leadership and key stakeholders across the company to execute the strategic priorities of the company, specifically in regard to the Cox Automotive Enterprise Solutions Portfoilio. The Director of Engineering will lead a group of teams co-located in Austin, TX and Exton, PA. These teams are focused on new products and capabilities dealers use to manage their vehicle inventory for purposes of valuation and pricing.  These are delivered through a combination of AWS and on-prem components. which will enable dealers’ unique vehicle experiences to consumers.  Our ISS team is highly dynamic and regularly solves new challenges through amazing technology, combined with deep domain understanding.  The Director will be responsible for ensuring the morale, productivity, technical expertise and overall health of these scrum teams is high and continuous to aspire to get better. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Manages the ISS Domain Release Train in Austin, TX that contains 3-5 scrum teams. Overall responsibility for the engineering and architecture alignment of all solutions delivered within release train. Ensures that team organization, individual development, and communication are in line with the ISS and broader Cox Automotive vision. Builds Scrum and leadership teams that perform at a high level. Fosters inter-team collaboration and productivity. Implements, measures and reports on the execution strategy defined for the team. Execution includes delivery of planned work, with deliverables that meet company standards with respect to quality, scalability, and reliability. Effectively communicates with key stakeholders when either scope or timeline of projects require modification. Oversees engineering processes and ability to generate new processes to meet needs.  Works closely with senior leadership on continual process improvement and organizational change to support Agile values. Responsible for technology roadmap of new components delivered. Responsible for appropriately allocating teams to the highest value investments per business backlog and release planning. Formulate and communicate mitigation strategies for long running projects, or projects where risk is high. Tracks and measures project work and programs to assess overall success. Responsible for ensuring the program scrum teams’ overall morale and productivity continue to improve. Manages career progression for team members to include hiring, performance reviews, salary decisions, mentoring, and coaching. Partners with leadership on higher level ISS initiatives at the HomeNet sister site located in Exton, PA and other Cox Automotive sites adopting the components built. Allocates resources strategically and tactically by balancing the broader ISS lens with the locally supported business unit’s needs. Oversees budgeting for local team including hardware to support projects, staffing, facilities and tools for software development. Responsible for local engineering brand awareness strategy and implementation as well as responsible for continuing to evolve culture of engineering team to drive Cox Automotive Engineering operating principles. Represents Cox Automotive & ISS in the local and regional community; building and fostering relationships used to promote community outreach, name & brand recognition, and talent acquisition. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree Background and experience in Automotive a plus Experience leading teams through cloud adoption a plus 10+ years of technology and software engineering leadership experience in a complex and fast-paced business environment (ideally an agile environment) with exposure to a variety of technologies and solutions. 7+ years of experience coding and delivering software as a team member 5+ years of developing software components uses for Enterprise Solutions 3+ years delivering products based on micro-services architecture Experience managing offshore development teams Strong software engineering and software architecture skills Team player with excellent work habits and interpersonal skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills Must live or willing to relocate to Austin, TX Must be willing to travel to secondary site in Exton, PA, as well as other Cox Automotive locations. Travel varies, but will be approximately 25%

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