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Director of Technology

Technology
Kansas City, MO
Req ID: 5133

Description

Position at VMLY&R

At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

The Senior Development Engineer analyzes the business environment, processes and data entities that support business requirements to create computing architecture and computing application system designs that drive computing system acquisition, development, integration and deployment. He or she applies systems and software engineering methods, processes, tools and techniques to analyze customer and information technology architecture requirements and to design an application architecture that integrates application software, database and delivery subsystems for specific applications.

The Senior Development Engineer develops software and maintains and integrates computing applications, including company-developed and commercial off-the-shelf software.

The Senior Development Engineer ensures that subordinate team members possess the skills, training and other resources required to accomplish their assigned tasks. He or she develops major systems plans and tactical strategies in coordination with the Project Management team and participates in the development and execution of program and project plans.

The Senior Development Engineer works with organizations responsible for defining and operating business processes and computing systems architects to produce application software design models that enable application development. He or she communicates with process owners, Computing Systems Architects, Systems Analysts and Programmers, and System and Database Administrators, and develops and applies systems and software engineering concepts and techniques to develop architectural deliverables for individual applications.

The Senior Development Engineer proposes, plans, coordinates and provides technical leadership on architecture activities for major applications and solves complex architecture problems using creativity, in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge, and domain expertise and experience. It is the responsibility of the Senior Development Engineer to communicate results to technical and nontechnical audiences.

The Senior Development Engineer serves as the primary technical liaison with customers. He or she consults with customers to share technology-related knowledge, business process enhancements and best practices. The Senior Development Engineer is client-focused and constantly monitors the client pulse in an effort to ensure project focus is 100 percent accurate given the current business needs.

Responsibilities

  • Promote a sustainable technology framework and coordinate related teams, and partner with Technology personnel in developing creative marketing technology solutions
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of short- and long-term technology plans and related policies and procedures
  • Anticipate significant system and industry changes, presenting information and analysis to facilitate a proactive approach to problems and opportunities
  • Serve as primary technical liaison with customers and consults with customers to share technology-related knowledge, business process enhancements and best practices
  • Participate with senior management in planning the short- and long-range technology strategies for the company and provides high-level analytical support and advice on technology-related matters
  • Take a lead role in establishing and implementing standards that will facilitate a quality IT infrastructure
  • Provide technical review to help ensure projects meet cost, benefit, timeliness and integration goals

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

Required Skills

  • Superior analytical, problem-solving, project management and leadership abilities
  • Ability to identify the practical implications of new technologies and to relate system capabilities to business goals
  • Strong process and project technical system management skills
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate and independently provide solutions for complex problems and issues, recommending upgrades, enhancements, priorities and strategic technology directions based on independent research, consultation and analysis
  • Ability to rapidly absorb complex technical and conceptual information, identify key issues and details, and present understandable alternatives to both technical and nontechnical individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Skill and experience in planning, developing, managing and executing short- and long-range technology plans and transitioning and transforming the delivery of information-based services through the use of innovative strategies
  • Skill in implementing application systems and effective, user-centered interfaces
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit constructive input from and build consensus among groups and constituencies with differing priorities and perspectives
  • Ability to develop policy decisions and changes as needed, exercise independent judgment in problem solving, remain objective and represent differing points of view
  • Ability to work on multiple complex tasks against deadlines and shifting priorities and to comfortably deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and change

Required Experience

  • Technical experience in physical and logical networking; user, desktop and server support; database specifying, development and deployment; and web development and support
  • Experience with network solutions and connectivity management
  • The Senior Development Engineer managing workload, deliverables, schedules, etc., at both an individual and team level and can get the right tasks in the right hands and see the project through to completion.
  • The Senior Development Engineer task, engagement and business decisions, and can identify and gather the appropriate information to make these decisions. He or she can effectively communicate the decision and support for the decision to the appropriate audience. He or she can make these decisions instantaneously when required to provide direction for a task or engagement.
  • A bachelor’s degree appropriate to supported area or in computer science and 12 years of experience or five to 10 years of project execution and management experience and well-developed client skills. A master’s degree is a plus.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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