Director of Engineering, Software - Search & Recommendations

Information TechnologyHybrid Remote, ATLANTA, Georgia


Description

Position at Genuine Parts Company

Company Background:

Genuine Parts Company (“GPC” or the “Company”), founded in 1928 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading specialty distributor engaged in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts and value-added services. The Company operates a global portfolio of businesses with more than 10,000 locations across the world. GPC has approximately 50,000 global employees. The Company has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, France, the U.K., Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and China.

Position Purpose:

Seeking world-class talent to join the world’s leading distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts and value-added services operating 5,500+ locations and servicing more than 20,000 locations in the U.S and Canada. Specifically, this role will function as the head of engineering to architect the next generation Search and recommendations platform and its platforms for GPC.  Working with a highly talented team, you'll play a leadership role to build and run one of the world’s largest automotive and industrial replacement parts operations. 

This is an engineering leadership role with responsibility for driving the technology strategy and execution for GPC’s unified commerce platforms.

This individual must be a technologist & engineer at heart and be comfortable in defining the technology direction and being hands on with the execution of the strategy.  They must exhibit a deep understanding of modern technology stack and agile delivery models, demonstrated focus on customer experience, and must have a proven track record of modernizing digital product discovery space at scale.

Close collaboration and alignment with a wide variety of both internal stakeholders and external vendors will be required.  As such, exceptional abilities in building and maintaining strong working relationships and organizational savvy will be required.  High level communication and presentation skills are required. Ability to attract, retain, and develop engineering talent will be critical.

Responsibilities: 

  • Partnering with the cross-functional GPC engineering and product teams, develop the strategy and roadmap for product discovery, search and recommendations platforms
  • Develop the technology platforms architecture and execute on roadmap to support build out the new search and recommendations related capabilities needed for the unified commerce strategy
  • Overall engineering accountability for the product discovery- search and recommendations domain systems
  • Responsible for simplifying the complexity of platforms and reducing the technical debt and total cost of ownership
  • Partner with peer leaders to accelerate and embed agile methodologies across the organization to increase customer-backed problem solving, to increase pace of solution delivery, to accelerate innovation and to enhance cross-functional collaboration
  • Other duties as assigned

Location:

  • GPC has two work locations to choose from, Duluth or Atlanta office.
  • We offer a Flexible Work Policy that permits eligible employees to work remotely

Desired Qualifications & Experiences: 

  • 12+ years’ experience in software engineering & technology leadership (including 10+ years in modern applications development)
  • Consistent track record of leadership, teamwork, and delivering high impact results
  • Experience leading and building search platform, search science with query understanding and learn to rank systems.
  • Experience leading and building product and visual recommendations platforms and data science models.
  • Experience in guiding the teams to plan and run A/B Tests and analyze the Key metrics to define success.
  • Extensive experience with public cloud data platform offerings and leveraging machine learning & AI
  • Experience managing 40+ FTE team of internal and extended delivery resources
  • Experience leading leaders
  • Ability to attract, motivate and retain world-class IT talent
  • Strong fiscal prudence to maximize technology investments against critical business priorities across the enterprise
  • Exceptional communication skills, team building and associate growth and development experience
  • Degree in Computer Science or Engineering fields

 

 

GPC conducts its business without regard to sex, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, military status, status as a veteran, or any other protected characteristic. GPC's policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer and terminate employees based on their own ability, achievement, experience and conduct and other legitimate business reasons.