Associate Director Software Engineering

Information Technology Bothell, Washington



The Associate Director of Software Engineering will be a seasoned leader responsible for delivering Seagen’s software engineering strategy and operations. As part of the Enterprise Technology Services group, the Software Engineering team is a new team comprised of engineers that are responsible for delivering high quality software solutions to business problems. This role is accountable for leading, mentoring and building a talented engineering team to scale the technology and capabilities to support innovative solutions to business problems in a regulated, hybrid cloud environment.

This team is additionally responsible for operational activities related to the services provided, including monitoring, support and pre-emptive system maintenance and remediation.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, vision, and direction to the Software Engineering team
  • Mentor all levels of software engineers to improve standards of products and services
  • Drive Software engineering strategy, standards, and service definition
  • Develop a transformative roadmap, working closely with Enterprise Architecture and Information Security teams
  • Define and deliver Software Engineering goals and projects in line with the agreed roadmap
  • Implement an approach focused on UX, solution architecture, cloud native engineering and innovation
  • Champion the use of DevOps, agile, CI/CD, and other modern engineering practices
  • Support transition to "full stack engineering" and “infrastructure as code” conceptual approaches
  • Oversee technical designs providing high levels of reliability for systems while complying with Enterprise Architecture, Information Security standards, industry regulations and best practices
  • Responsible for the availability of custom software services
  • Ensure a 24 x 7 x 365 support capability working closely with cross functional teams to help remediate operations issues, as necessary
  • Define appropriate IT capital / expense budget planning & project resourcing schedules
  • Contribute to harmonization of Global IT policies, standards and procedures
  • Build strong relationships, working with cross functional teams to coordinate projects, operational decisions, scheduling requirements/conflicts and vendor contract negotiation
  • Deliver effective people management of team members including hiring, workload management, coaching, development, performance management, discipline and termination
  • Maintain team adherence to company and department policies/procedures
  • Other duties as assigned by organization leadership


  • 15 years of experience, with at least 10 years in a software engineering leadership role
  • Previous hands-on work as a software developer, architect or other technical engineering role
  • Well versed in full stack software development, architecture and agile delivery
  • Direct knowledge of native cloud/PaaS/serverless patterns
  • Experience with Azure cloud services, highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience in agile development, continuous integration/delivery, and DevOps
  • Experienced working and managing performance of third-party vendors and consultant arrangements in support of projects
  • Knowledge of ITSM, ITIL and SDLC best practices
  • Proven change agent in a complex, rapid growth environment
  • Solid understanding of information security, privacy frameworks, and related compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technology issues and solutions to non-technical senior leaders and executives
  • Ability to establish and manage multiple competing priorities and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and be able to effectively handle multiple projects or activities simultaneously
  • Deep experience with leading people, mentoring and developing leaders
  • Highly collaborative with outstanding relationship building skills
  • Experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and/or medical device industry highly desirable
  • Direct knowledge of 21 CFR Part 11, SOX and software validation processes is highly desirable


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Technology or related technical or scientific discipline OR equivalent experience
  • Relevant certifications highly desired

As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seagen is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seagen, please visit 

Seagen is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.