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Director, Software Engineering

Company: Cox Enterprises
Location: Austin
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Division: Cox Automotive Job Level: Director/Senior Director Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job Requisition Number: 211800 Who We Are & What We Do --As part of the Cox Automotive family, Common Retail Services (CRS) is building a suite of platform services that will enable all of software products to work together and cooperatively enable dealers to thrive in today's competitive online environment. This includes things like single sign-on and authorization platforms, a shared API gateway and developer storefront, centralized products for the acquisition and matching of vehicle rebates and incentives, as well as dealer vehicle inventory acquisition and distribution. Our Teams --Cox Automotive's CRS teams are based primarily out of Austin, TX. We have cultivated a group 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 engineering leader who will help lead Cox Automotive's enterprise-wide API product platform. This includes a consumer facing API marketing portal and a complex API platform that scales to billions of calls per month. The Director, Software Engineering 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 modern technologies and processes which will deliver better software to our customers. Reporting to the AVP/VP of Engineering for Common Retail Services, the Director, Software Engineering is part of a strategic organization tasked with building new enterprise components aligned to fresh solutions as part of the enterprise 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. Our CRS team is highly dynamic and regularly solves new challenges through amazing technology, combined with deep domain understanding. The Director is 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 RESPONSIBILITES-- (including but not limited to):

  • Accountable for the efficient organization and operation of all engineering teams within the release train.
  • 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 CRS and broader Cox Automotive vision. Builds new and supports existing 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 of investments per business backlog and release planning. Formulate and communicate the 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 across other Cox Automotive sites adopting the components built.
  • Allocates resources strategically and tactically by balancing the broader CRS 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 & CRS in the local and regional community; building and fostering relationships used to promote community outreach, name & brand recognition, and talent acquisition. Must-have
    • Strong background and understanding of API lifecycle management - build, scale, govern and monetize.
    • Understanding of API security (specifically around OAuth2/OpenID Connect). Nice-have
      • Prior experience with running enterprise-wide API platforms. Expertise in API Management solutions like Mashery, Apigee or Mulesoft a big plus.
      • Background in serverless architectures and Platform Reliability/Chaos engineering. Qualifications
        • Background and experience in Automotive a plus
        • Experience leading teams through cloud adoption a plus
        • 7+ 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
        • 5+ years of people management experience; experience managing other people managers preferred
        • 7+ years of experience coding and delivering software as a team member
        • 5+ years of developing software components used for Enterprise Solutions
        • 3+ years delivering products based on micro-services architecture
        • 5+ years of experience designing, building and consuming RESTful APIs
        • 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 be willing to relocate to Austin, TX
        • Must be willing to travel to secondary sites as/when needed
        • Travel varies, but will be approximately 25% Who We Are About Cox Automotive There's nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto. About Cox We are the Cox family of businesses. We've been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. We're also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. We're looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope you'll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com. Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Statement to ALL Third-Party Agencies and Similar Organizations: Cox accepts resumes only from agencies with which we formally engage their services. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, Cox employees, Cox hiring manager, or send to any Cox facility. Cox is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes. Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox maintains a drug-free workplace in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Cox is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including any job seeker with a disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to jobaccommodation@coxinc.com . In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and the requisition number of the position for which you are applying. Requests on your application status will not receive a reply. If you would like to check your application status, log in to your profile .

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